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  • Ninety-five students, who attend Corporate Area high schools, have received scholarships totalling $1.4 million from the Area 4 Police Civic Committee Education Trust Fund of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
  • The trust, which is supported through funding from Corporate Jamaica, provides scholarships to children in need, within the high risk age group of 12 to 18 years.
  • The overall goal is to provide them with better educational opportunities, so as to prevent them from dropping out of school.

Ninety-five students, who attend Corporate Area high schools, have received scholarships totalling $1.4 million from the Area 4 Police Civic Committee Education Trust Fund of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The trust, which is supported through funding from Corporate Jamaica, provides scholarships to children in need, within the high risk age group of 12 to 18 years, who reside in the five communities in Area 4.

The overall goal is to provide them with better educational opportunities, so as to prevent them from dropping out of school.

The children are chosen based on the guidelines established by the educational subcommittee of the Area 4 Police Civic Committee, after which an assessment is done and the final scholarship recipients are selected.

Addressing the award ceremony held on September 30 at Police Officers Club at 34 Hope Road, Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams, encouraged the students to make good use of the opportunity afforded to them.

“You will never get a better chance. At this early age, I want you to make the best use of this investment. I want you to go back to the society and be functional and productive citizens,” he implored them.

Chairman of the Area 4 Police Civic Committee, Ferris Zaidie, also urged the students to do their best in school, as they are required to maintain a certain average to continue to receive the scholarship.

Mr. Zaidie said he is pleased that some of the students are involved in the police youth clubs and “I want to encourage you to continue working closely with the police”.

Fifth form scholarship recipient from Donald Quarrie High School, Kevin Gordon, expressed gratitude for the award, noting that it will go a far way.

“I (often) have financial challenges for school, but I am constantly motivated by the television programme ‘Profile’ (which features Jamaicans, who have risen from modest circumstances to achieve success in various areas). I can relate to some of the challenges that the successful interviewees describe each week,” he said.

Kevin encourages other students and their parents, who are facing difficulties, to “never give up, keep going at it and God will make a way.”

The five divisions of Area 4 are: St. Andrew Central, St. Andrew South, Kingston Western, Kingston Central and Kingston Eastern.

Since the inception of the scholarship programme in 2007, over 800 scholarships have been awarded with more than 300 students from over 40 high schools benefitting.