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    Minister of Science, Energy, and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (centre), poses with top-performing Primary Exit Profile (PEP) students at Petrojam’s 2019 scholarship awards luncheon held recently at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) Resource Centre, Marcus Garvey Drive in St. Andrew. The students (from left) are Matthew Jeffrey, Terry-Ann McFarlane, Daniel Grant, and Jodi Green.
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    Story Highlights

    • The14-year-old Petrojam scholarship programme, which provides financial and mentoring support to high-achieving students for the duration of their high-school life, is being lauded as a motivator for learners to excel.
    • Since 2006 with the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and now the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), the programme has supported 41 top-performing male and female students from the Greenwich All-Age School and the St. Andrew Primary School.
    • “This coveted scholarship has served as a motivator to our students,” said teacher at St. Andrew Primary, Jennifer Henry.

    The14-year-old Petrojam scholarship programme, which provides financial and mentoring support to high-achieving students for the duration of their high-school life, is being lauded as a motivator for learners to excel.

    Since 2006 with the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and now the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), the programme has supported 41 top-performing male and female students from the Greenwich All-Age School and the St. Andrew Primary School.

    “This coveted scholarship has served as a motivator to our students,” said teacher at St. Andrew Primary, Jennifer Henry.

    “It promotes healthy competition, because every child wants that scholarship, so it allows them to strive for their utmost,” she added at the awards ceremony held recently at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) Resource Centre on Marcus Garvey Drive in St. Andrew.

    Principal of Greenwich All-Age School, Brian Guscott, agreed, noting that “the good work of Petrojam challenges students to work hard”.

    The value of the scholarship award is $60,000 per year, and each recipient also receives a laptop computer, school supplies, among other things.

    Students also benefit from Petrojam’s homework centre, which operates twice per week and is staffed by a trained tutor. Transportation is provided for the students.

    To retain the scholarship, students must maintain a B average in their studies, and have a good record of discipline, attendance and punctuality at school.

    Students benefit from personal development support and mentorship, with staff members providing guidance and advice throughout the five years.

    Top female student at St. Andrew Primary, Amanda Jodi Green, expressed gratitude to Petrojam for the scholarship and pledged on behalf of the recipients to continue on the path of excellence.

    “We will double our efforts in order to attain the highest standards as we embark on our educational journey in high school,” she said.

    “We appreciate and value the provision that you have made for us, and we will work hard to accomplish our goals and give back to our country,” she added.

    Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, under whose portfolio Petrojam falls, Hon. Fayval Williams, lauded the company for providing opportunities through which “our young people can grow with energy”.

    She encouraged the students to dream big, and not leave anything to chance. “As you enter the next stage of your education, I want you to remember that there is greatness in you and if you work hard and believe that you can achieve, then you will,” Minister Williams said.

    Petrojam General Manager, Winston Watson, for his part, encouraged the students to make good use of their education.

    General Manager of Petrojam, Winston Watson, presents a plaque to top-performing Primary Exit Profile (PEP) student at St. Andrew Primary School, Jodi Green, at Petrojam’s 2019 scholarship awards luncheon held recently at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) Resource Centre, Marcus Garvey Drive, St. Andrew.

     

    “The opportunity is yours. Once you have a solid foundation, the sky is the limit,” he said.

    Meanwhile, former scholarship recipient, Ricardo Anderson, said that after receiving the award “I saw the trajectory of my life change to greatness, and I thank Petrojam for that”.

    He noted that the support provided by staff through mentorship and the homework centre was a “blessing over the five years”.

    He encourages the awardees to “not only meet expectations but to be winners”.

    “Work hard, improve, and do not give up,” he added.

    The scholarship programme is managed by the Petrojam’s Outreach Committee.

    The company also runs a summer employment programme for high-school and tertiary-level students aged 16 to 25 years.

    A total of 54 students benefited from the initiative this year, gaining work experience in engineering, safety and security, logistics and marketing, among others.