KINGSTON — Forty-four students were awarded scholarships valued at over $4.5 million by Courts Jamaica Limited under its inaugural Customer Scholarship Programme, at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston on Friday August 19.
The scholarships will assist the students in meeting tuition costs at the secondary, vocational and tertiary levels beginning September. The winners were children of "valued and loyal" customers of Courts' 29 branches, islandwide.
Twenty-nine scholarships, each worth $100,000, went to students who passed this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Ten went to students who will pursue skills training at HEART Trust/NTA’s academies, valued at $50,000 each, and the other five went to students who plan to attend tertiary institutions, each worth $250,000.
Courts' Acting Managing Director, Dennis Harris, said that the programme will provide incentives to the company’s loyal customers. He suggested that the scholarships offered significantly higher returns than the customary prizes and “free gifts” the company gave out for academic excellence
He also noted that the awardees were chosen from well over 100 applicants, and urged them to seize the opportunity to make themselves and their families proud.
“We are investing in you and it is our hope that, through the provision of these scholarships, we will be adding value to your lives and providing you with an opportunity that will greatly impact your future,” he said.
Minister of Education, Hon Andrew Holness, welcomed Courts’ decision to assist students in achieving their educational goals.
“Indeed, we would want to encourage other corporate partners to participate in education, in any way they can. But, in particular, to give scholarships at the critical back-to-school period,” Mr. Holness said, while commending the recipients.
By DOUGLAS McINTOSH, JIS Reporter