Four tertiary institutions, one secondary school and students in Montego Bay, St. James, have been offered scholarships and donations amounting to $4.5 million, through the Montego Bay City Run Scholarship Fund.
A sum of $1.3 million has been disbursed to the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus; $700,000 to the Montego Bay Community College; $700,000 to the University of Technology, Western Campus, and $200,000 to Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College.
Mt. Alvernia High School has received $500,000, which will go towards the school’s building fund.
The remaining $1.1 million has been given as scholarships to individual students attending high schools.
Chairman of the organising committee, Janet Silvera, said she is happy that the organisation can contribute to education in western Jamaica.
Ms. Silvera said the organisation’s Adopt a Student Programme, “which encourages persons to ‘adopt’ students by purchasing their school supplies, uniforms and school books, was gaining momentum in the diaspora, as persons from overseas have donated to several students from secondary and tertiary schools on the island.”
The scholarship presentations were made on Wednesday (September 19) during a special ceremony held at the Sandals Montego Bay Resort in St. James.
The MoBay City Run is a 10k/5k Run/Walk event, which is held in May each year. Since its inception in 2013, $15 million in scholarships have been donated to needy students.