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Scholarships available to high-school students

Published:Wednesday | July 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Horace Daley was raised by his mother, Esmie Walters, to value education, always remembering the poem she used to recite: Labour for learning before you grow old, for learning is better than silver and gold. Silver and gold will vanish away, but a good education will never decay.

"My mother, wonderful woman she was, was living in the inner-city community of Arnett Gardens," said Daley, founder of Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica, a charity initiative with particular focus on low-income mothers and children.

"We, as children, went by her mantra, always aware of the importance of education."

Walters' four children graduated from Jamaican high schools.

"We have no concept of her contribution," Daley said of his mother's greatness. "None of us can picture it."

Eligible students

In Walters' honour, Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica will grant $40,000 in scholarships to students. The first prize is $25,000; second is $10,000 and the third-place scholarship awardee gets $5,000.

Students in grades seven to 11 are eligible for the scholarships.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship must write an essay under the topic: Would you give up all your dreams, ideals and aspirations to become a multi-millionaire, or would you give your multimillions to pursue your dreams and happiness?

Essays must be 1,200-1,600 words long, typed and double- spaced, and written in essay format with a clear argument.

Students will be awarded based on financial need and achievements.

"We want as many people to apply, so no child can miss out on this opportunity," Daley told The Gleaner. "This is giving back to Jamaica."