Eleven students enrolled at the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) were, on May 1, presented with scholarships at the institution, in Kingston.
The scholarships, which will cover tuition expenses for the students who are in Phase III at the Institute, will also guarantee job placements for the recipients. The scholarships were provided by Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry and shipping companies, Harren and Partners, and Exmar Ship Management Company.
Exmar Ship Management Company provided nine scholarships, while Minister Henry and Harren and Partners provided one each, respectively.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Minister Henry encouraged the recipients to continue to excel in their studies and future endeavours.
Students of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), Carl Daugherty (left) and Kyle Shaw explaining the process by which one of the over 20 products of the ‘woman tongue’ plant was achieved during a ceremony at the institution, in Kingston, on May 1, at which 11 students received scholarships.
He noted that while the budgetary allocation for the institution has not been a significant amount, the CMI will continue to “expand and grow,” through partnerships.
The Minister thanked Harren and Partners and Exmar for showing their support in helping to enhance the development of the Institute, adding that through partnerships opportunities such as these can be created.
Mr. Henry informed that students who graduate from the institution have a 98 per cent employment rate, adding that the institution is aiming at registering a significant amount of students during the upcoming academic years.
“We have moved the registration from 300 to 800 and we are heading for 3,000 cadets to be registered here,” he said.
The ceremony was also used to salute students of the CMI who participated in the Jamaica Public Service and Scientific Research Council science exposition.
They were able to take the ‘woman tongue’ plant and create some 20 ways in which the diverse plant can be used. They were awarded for best indigenous material used and placed second in the tertiary category. Some of the products that were made included animal feed, tonic wine, nail polish remover, lotions and necklaces.
Executive Director of the CMI, Mr. Fritz Pinnock, commended the scholarship winners for the outstanding work which they have continued to demonstrate over the years.
He noted that the institution, through partnerships, is being positioned as a “global institution.”
Scholarship recipient, Jamie Holness, expressed gratitude for the award, which will assist with tuition expenses. “It is a good feeling, knowing that you have been rewarded for all the hard work that you have done,” he said.
Mr. Holness expressed delight that other persons will be able to receive scholarships, as it is a continuous programme.