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  • Nine tertiary level students have been awarded scholarships valued at approximately $10 million, after successfully completing this year’s Summer of Service competition, put on by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen’s I Believe Initiative (IBI).
  • “I encourage you recipients, to build on the foundational experience you have gained while volunteering… . Don’t forget the valuable lessons learnt,” - Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen
  • Sponsors of this year’s Summer of Service scholarship awards include the CMI, NCU, UTech, Kingston Wharves Limited, JPS Foundation, First Regional Co-operative Credit Union Ltd, IBI, Maffessanti Scholarship Fund, and Seprod Foundation.

Nine tertiary level students have been awarded scholarships valued at approximately $10 million, after successfully completing this year’s Summer of Service competition, put on by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen’s I Believe Initiative (IBI).

At a ceremony at King’s House, today (September 2), the Governor-General said the recipients will undertake a mix of courses, mostly from the scientific field, to reflect an alignment with the national focus on advancing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) approach.

He noted that the students used the summer holiday to volunteer in partner organisations, including health facilities, a basic school, community clubs, youth centres and charitable organisations, which allowed them to gain valuable employment skills; as well as fulfil the criteria for the award.

“I encourage you recipients, to build on the foundational experience you have gained while volunteering… . Don’t forget the valuable lessons learnt,” he urged.

Noting that the current workforce demands creativity, critical and divergent thinking, self-awareness and integration of knowledge, the Governor-General encouraged the students to ensure that their tertiary-level education prepares them to cope with rapid social change at the national and global levels.

The awardees were Snow Badley, who received a scholarship of $840,000 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Sports Education at the G.C Foster College; Renae Brown, awarded $1.45 million to complete a degree in Pharmacology at the University of the

West Indies (UWI), Mona; Khadijah Channer, who received $275,000 towards a degree in Pure and Applied Science at UWI, Mona; and Sheryl Clarke who was awarded approximately $548,000 to pursue Tourism and Hospitality Management at Excelsior Community College.

Mona-Ray Cole was awarded $1.3 million to acquire a bachelor’s degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI).

Jacqueline James and Mosiah Moodie were each awarded approximately $1.2 million for degrees in Environmental Health and Computing, respectively, at the University of Technology (UTech), while Andrine Paul received $2.3 million for a Mass Communication degree at Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and Nichola Richards received $830,000 for a Social Work degree at UWI, Mona.

The recipients are all required to maintain a grade point average of 3.0.

Mr. Moodie expressed gratitude to His Excellency and for the I Believe Initiative and the Summer of Service programme, which will allow him to achieve his dreams.

“I am just elated and I will do anything and everything possible to maintain the scholarship and just do the best I can and always achieve greatness,” he told JIS News.

Sponsors of this year’s Summer of Service scholarship awards include the CMI, NCU, UTech, Kingston Wharves Limited, JPS Foundation, First Regional Co-operative Credit Union Ltd, IBI, Maffessanti Scholarship Fund, and Seprod Foundation.

This is the fourth annual staging of the Summer of Service competition, which has had 45 participants to date.