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  • 80 young persons from the Prime Minister’s South West St. Andrew constituency have received scholarships
  • The recipients were selected based on a combination of academic merit and need
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller said that while financing the venture is costly, ignorance is even more expensive

Approximately 80 young persons from the Prime Minister’s South West St. Andrew constituency have received scholarships ranging from $50,000 to $450,000 towards the financing of their tertiary education.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, presented them with scholarship letters on September 16, during a brief ceremony at Jamaica House.

The recipients were selected based on a combination of academic merit and need and have begun studies in areas such as medical sciences, dentistry, aviation training, maritime training, the performing arts, physical education, and teacher training, among others.

Addressing the students, Mrs. Simpson Miller said that while financing the venture is costly, ignorance is even more expensive.

The Prime Minister said that she is pleased and proud at the number of young men who are in the group, especially in light of the wide ratio of women to men who are attaining tertiary level education in the country.

She also expressed pride at the increasing number of working professionals in her inner-city constituency, despite public perception.  “I am very proud that a number of students that we have assisted still remain in the constituency and are professionals making their contribution to the development of this country,” she said.

Mrs. Simpson Miller reminded the students that they have it in them to achieve, noting that “it is not about circumstance of birth, it is not about where you were born and it is not about where you live.”

“Your parents do not have what it takes to help, (and) as your Member of Parliament, I feel that I have a responsibility, because I believe in education and I never stop learning,” the Prime Minister told the students.

Mrs. Simpson Miller urged the students to ignore those who speak evil to them. “Do not allow anyone to speak evil to you. Anything that is evil, block it. Lock it out. Even when you are hungry, smile, something good will happen,” she said.

She commended those among the beneficiaries who, in their course of study, are doing their research and a development plan for the constituency. “With the information that you give us, we will be able to look at our development programme, and how we can include what you, as young students, have done in the constituency,” the Prime Minister said.

Speaking on behalf of the recipients, Kimesha Paisley, offered thanks to the Prime Minister for the financial assistance. “We truly appreciate your generosity and we will definitely make you proud,” she said.

The students are attending  several  tertiary institutions, including the University of the West Indies, Mona campus; University of Technology (UTech), University College of the Caribbean (UCC), Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), G.C. Foster College, Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, Excelsior Community College, Caribbean Aviation Training Centre, The Mico University College, St. Josephs Teachers’ College and Shortwood Teachers’ College.

The scholarships are funded through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and the money will go directly to the tertiary institutions.