UWI Medical Students Receive Scholarships


Eight third-year medical students from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, were presented with scholarships totalling more than CDN$20,000 in Canada recently.
The Independent United Order of Solomon, which has donated more than 50 scholarships to UWI medical students since 1989 held its 29th Anniversary Dinner and Charitable Presentation on Saturday, September 29 at the Rameses Shriners Auditorium in Toronto, Canada, to officially make the presentations.
The students are Sulaiman Tijani, Kerida Brice, Sonja Reid, Kemisha Shaw, Latoya Benjamin, Rachel Thwaites and twins Tamika and Tamara Henry.
Three students from the University of Toronto were also presented with scholarships, bringing the total awarded to Canadian students to 17 since 1998. The recipients are medical students Linda Sun, and Taryn Simms, and 4th year Computer Science student, Yuecheng Jacey Zhang, whose scholarship is named in honour of the late Kay Baxter, who served as Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto from 1987 to 1992.
Neal Baxter, son of the late Consul General, presented the award to Ms. Zhang, noting that his mother was an advocate of young people and the arts, and would have been pleased to be affiliated with the organization.
The Jamaican students spent 10 days in Canada, visiting government officials, media houses and the East General Hospital in Toronto, observing operations and hearing about new medical techniques.
Linda and Harvey Gellman, who sponsored two of the scholarships to the UWI students, have been affiliated with the programme since its inception in 1989 and have donated funds to a total of 22 medical students so far.
In fact the first recipient, Dr. Marcia Graham is now the Chief Medical Officer in the parish of St. James. The Gellmans have pledged their commitment to the programme.
The two awardees of the Gellmans’ generosity this year, Tamara Henry and Sulaiman Tijani, expressed their appreciation for the commitment made by the Gellmans. Tamara is from the parish of St. Mary and who wants to set up a medical practice there, told the Gellmans that their generosity will never be forgotten.
Other sponsors include Air Jamaica; Danforth Food Mart; G’s Tropical Traders; Chevonne and Harry Lue; Mr. and Mrs. John Shaub; Ted Ryan; Lloyd Earle; Toronto Sun; Avida Healthwear; and MapleLeaf Wheelchair and Power Plus.
The Independent United Order of Solomon, under the leadership of Jamaican-born Lloyd Seivright, in addition to the scholarships, each year donates millions of dollars worth of medical equipment and supplies to countries around the world.

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