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    Seventeen students from Northern Clarendon are the beneficiaries of scholarships, totaling $500,000, from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
    The scholarships were awarded as part of an educational programme run by the constituency’s Member of Parliament, Laurence Broderick, who is also the Minister of State in the Ministry of Mining and Telecommunications.
    At the presentations at his ministry in Kingston on Friday (April 3), Mr. Broderick announced that 89 students have benefited from the programme so far, with 34 receiving bursaries for placing first and second in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in their schools. Three students were also presented with full scholarships totaling over $500,000. At the tertiary level, 56 students have received bursaries amounting to over $2.4 million dollars.

    Shortwood Teachers’ College student, Todd Stanley, collects his scholarship cheque from Director of the Constituency Development Fund Programme Management Unit, Moveta Monroe, during an award ceremony at the Ministry of Mining and Telecommunications today (April 3). He was one of 17 students from Northern Clarendon presented with scholarships from the MP Laurie Broderick’s Constituency Development Fund allocation.

    The Member of Parliament explained that with the current economic situation and challenges funding education parents, though willing, could not step up to the plate.
    “So we have chosen to devote a substantial amount of (the) Constituency Development Fund to educational needs,” he said.

    Director of the Constituency Development Fund Programme Management Unit, Moveta Monroe (right), presents a scholarship cheque to Nicola Richards of Portmore Community College. She was one of 17 students from Northern Clarendon who received educational assistance from the Constituency Development Fund of MP Laurie Broderick, during a function at the Ministry of Mining and Telecommunications today (April 3). Broderick is the Minister of State in the Ministry of Mining and Telecommunications.

    He said that some 24 percent of the funds allocated to Northern Clarendon has been put into education. In addition to scholarships and bursaries, about $4.2 million was used to upgrade educational infrastructure.
    Additionally, more than $1.3 million was spent for uniforms assistance and a total of $818,000 on a summer camp for children aged 12-18.
    Loretta Williams, parent of one of the beneficiaries, was very thankful for the scholarships. She said that they would go a long way in assisting parents.
    Mr. Broderick also announced that approximately $2.2 million from the CDF would be contributed to a project by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to construct a basic school in Bunkers Hill, which cost more than $23 million. He also stated that JSIF would be spending $3 million on completing the Crooked River Skills Training Centre.
    The Constituency Development Fund, which is operated out of the Office of the Prime Minister(OPM), received $2.4 billion in the 2008/09 Budget. This allocation covered administrative expenses of the unit and allocations to the 60 constituencies, with the main thrust being to promote human and infrastructure development at the community and constituency levels. The Social and Economic Support Programme (SESP), which received $269.8 million in the Budget, was incorporated under the CDF.

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