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  • The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) has, this year, awarded grants totalling $11 million to 220 tertiary students, which will offset tuition costs at the 17 schools they attend.
  • The grants, awarded annually, are presented to students who are either beginning first year studies at accredited local tertiary institutions or continuing their education.
  • The initiative is a part of the gaming regulatory body’s corporate social responsibility programme, focused on education and community development.

The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) has, this year, awarded grants totalling $11 million to 220 tertiary students, which will offset tuition costs at the 17 schools they attend.

The grants, awarded annually, are presented to students who are either beginning first year studies at accredited local tertiary institutions or continuing their education.

The initiative is a part of the gaming regulatory body’s corporate social responsibility programme, focused on education and community development.

Speaking at a meet and greet session at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies, St. Andrew, on Wednesday (August 29), Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, encouraged the recipients to make the most of the opportunities provided to them.

“The scholarships that you received will help you further your academic education; and I want to encourage you [to bear in mind] that success in life goes beyond merely the academic component,” he said.

Dr. Clarke noted that the qualities which will matter are those “that you will develop over time, [which will] form the basis of your character”.

“Confidence is a most important characteristic for you to have. But the most important type of confidence that you really need to have is one that springs from inside and radiates assurance on the outside. If you can manage to develop that confidence, you have won before you have started,” the Minister added.

Meanwhile, Dr. Clarke said reforms implemented over the past few years as part of Jamaica’s ongoing transition are beginning to bear fruit.

“That fruit is being represented in the form of opportunities for young people… the people who are being trained,” he further stated.

Meanwhile, BGLC Executive Director, Vitus Evans, noted that the organisation is involved in several initiatives as part of its corporate social responsibility.

“This one, to me, is one that gives the most joy and pride as we feel that we are contributing to nation building in being a part of this grant-giving initiative. It is an investment in the future… investing in you the young people, as you are the leaders of the future,” he said.

Mr. Evans also informed that over the past five years, the BGLC has provided more than $40 million in grant funding to tertiary students, with over 811 persons benefiting.

The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission is a statutory body of the Finance Ministry, established in 1975 under the provisions of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act.

The Commission’s mandate is to regulate and control the operations of betting and gaming, and the conduct of lotteries across Jamaica, and to facilitate and enable sustainable growth in the gaming industry.