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Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams (right), greets the 2018/19 Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Renewable Energy Scholarship recipient, Arlando Dunkley, during a presentation ceremony at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston on March 27. Looking on is PCJ Acting Group General Manager, Brian Richardson
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Story Highlights

  • For Arlando Dunkley, being awarded the 2018/19 Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Renewable Energy Scholarship to the University of Technology (UTech) will enable him to accomplish his goal of becoming a sustainable development professional.
  • Mr. Dunkley, who attained a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UTech in 2016, tells JIS News that his pursuit will enable him to contribute positively to advancing Jamaica’s growth and development.
  • He also underscores the importance of Jamaica diversifying its energy mix.

For Arlando Dunkley, being awarded the 2018/19 Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Renewable Energy Scholarship to the University of Technology (UTech) will enable him to accomplish his goal of becoming a sustainable development professional.

Mr. Dunkley, who attained a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UTech in 2016, tells JIS News that his pursuit will enable him to contribute positively to advancing Jamaica’s growth and development.

He also underscores the importance of Jamaica diversifying its energy mix.

“We’re an island state affected by climate change. It is important for us to reduce our carbon emissions, wherever we can, and contribute to our energy security. We depend heavily on fossil fuels… but if we can get energy locally through renewables, that will be a plus for the country,” he argues.

Mr. Dunkley was speaking at the scholarship presentation ceremony at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston on March 27.

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams (left), presents 2018/19 Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Renewable Energy Scholarship awardee, Arlando Dunkley (centre), with a PCJ football jersey during the presentation ceremony at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston on March 27. Sharing the moment is PCJ Acting Group General Manager, Brian Richardson.

 

The $2-million scholarship is payable over two years and covers tuition for the duration of his studies.

Mr. Dunkley, who impressed the scholarship selection committee with his character and determination after missing out on the first opportunity to cop the award, is already “a quarter of the way” through his degree.

His mother, Shena McPherson-Russell, was the epitome of happiness and elation for the young student.

The 2017/18 recipient, Shanroy Dennis, who was the first awardee, told JIS News that he is well on his way to completing the programme.

“I have come a long way with [the programme and] it has been very rewarding. I have no regrets,” he said.

Meanwhile, in her remarks, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, said the PCJ is cognisant of the fact that human resource development is critical for Jamaica.

“The PCJ and the Ministry recognise that driving the country forward will take the ingenuity, innovation and commitment of our people. That is why, in 2017, the PCJ sought to widen its impact by expanding its focus to include advanced-level research and development activities. We are investing in local human resources so we do not have to look overseas for ingenuity and innovation,” she said.

“I say widen because energy education has always been a priority for the PCJ. But historically, the emphasis has been on primary and secondary students, through the PCJ’s Schools Energy Programme,” the Minister added.

Mrs. Williams noted that through the scholarship programme, PCJ is contributing to the completion of groundbreaking research, which could possibly make a difference in Jamaica’s energy landscape.

She pointed out that the Ministry and, by extension Jamaica, is diversifying its energy sources by utilising indigenous energy sources to meet demand and reduce our dependence on imported oil.

“In just the same way that energy is a driver of growth and development, education is also a crucial pillar in the development process,” she noted.

For his part, Acting PCJ Group General Manager, Brian Richardson, urged Mr. Dunkley to apply the level determination and focus that enabled him to land the scholarship in dealing with future challenges he may encounter.

The PCJ also encouraged the scholar to continue his outreach involvements that will enable him to not only grow as a student but a well-rounded citizen, equipped to make an outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s development.