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  • Scholarships and bursaries valued at $1.3 million have been awarded to six tertiary students under the Glencore Scholarship Fund for the 2015/16 academic year.
  • The awards, which range from $200,000 to $300,000, were handed over during a ceremony held at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Auditorium in Kingston today (October 21).
  • Launched in 2010, the Glencore Scholarship promotes science and technology and sports among students from bauxite producing parishes.

Scholarships and bursaries valued at $1.3 million have been awarded to six tertiary students under the Glencore Scholarship Fund for the 2015/16 academic year.

The awards, which range from $200,000 to $300,000, were handed over during a ceremony held at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Auditorium in Kingston today (October 21).

The recipients, who hail from bauxite producing parishes, are pursuing undergraduate degree courses in science and technology at the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology.

In congratulating the awardees, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said he is pleased with their courses of study, noting that the Ministry has been working to encourage more persons to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

“You have to do subjects for which you will be able to get jobs. Too many of our students are relying on subjects for which they don’t have a tremendous market for, so I am pleased that you are doing this,” he said.

Positing that the bauxite/alumina industry is an area of “tremendous opportunities,” the Minister pointed out that companies in this sector have been lamenting that there are not enough engineers available locally to supply their needs.

“As we are now building back our bauxite/alumina sector, we need to have the right skill sets, the competencies, and, in the absence of Jamaicans being qualified here, we have to ensure that the youngsters are being trained in this area,” he said.

The scholarship recipients are: Sashell McKenzie – $300,000; Camille Campbell – $250,000; Erika Green – $250,000; and Racquel Shaw – $300,000. Acqueme Johnson and Kenardo Barrett have been awarded bursaries of $200,000 each.

Each recipient will continue to receive the award for the duration of their course of study.

Launched in 2010, the Glencore Scholarship promotes science and technology and sports among students from bauxite producing parishes.