JIS News

Scholarships valued at $240,000, have been awarded to seven business students studying at high schools across Jamaica, by the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), whose Jamaica chapter is based in Montego Bay, St. James.
Making the announcement at a recent monthly meeting of the international organisation, held at the Ritz Carlton Resort and Spa in Rose Hall, President of the group, Joe Hylton, said the scholarships were part of the non-profit organisation’s objective of assisting students annually, to achieve their highest potential in business studies.
“We decided that with the funds accumulated, we would do something to assist the most needy students meaningfully, in their fifth year of business studies. We just thought of making it a little easier for them in their studies. The only thing we request and insist upon, is that the students are registered in the business programme at that school and have the potential to be successful in five or more subjects in the CXC examinations,” Mr. Hylton told JIS News.
He explained that students are usually awarded, based primarily on their financial needs, but that the final decisions on the awardees are left up to the schools.
“It would be naturally difficult for us to make the selections, so we say to the Principal or the Head of the Business Department and the Student Council, we need the most needy students in the business department. So, we rely heavily on the school, but we accept their nominations and selections,” he added.
The programme is expected to be expanded to accommodate more students in 2009.