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Three-year scholarship for Edna Manley student

Published:Friday | April 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM
From left: Lloyd Stanbury, president JADF; Shirley Hanna, executive director of Nice Time; Fernando Garcia Guereta, president of Nice Time; and Burchell Duhaney, principal of Edna Manley College, receive the commitment letter for a three-year scholarship. - Contributed

A student of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) will be the beneficiary of a three-year full-tuition scholarship as of September. The funding for this scholarship will be provided by Spanish/Jamaican music and film production company, Nice Time Productions Limited (

The Nice Time team is responsible for the production of the award-winning documentary Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast, which is now being promoted for screenings and DVD sales at major summer reggae festivals in Europe this year.

The scholarship was initiated through the efforts of the recently formed Jamaica Arts Development Foundation Inc. (JADF) and its president Lloyd Stanbury, who also represents Nice Time. JADF has been in dialogue with the college administration in recent months with a view to facilitating development support. The establishment of this scholarship is the first activity to be undertaken.

According to Nice Time president Fernando Garcia Guereta, he was very happy for this opportunity to contribute to the provision of training for talented Jamaicans and he is looking forward to the possibility of more collaboration between Nice Time and EMCVPA.

The recipient of the scholarship will be a student participating in the three-year diploma programme in performance offered by the college's music department. A commitment letter for the scholarship was presented recently to principal Burchell Duhaney by Nice Time's executive director Shirley Hanna.