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Hilliary Lumley-Bowden, a final year Urban and Regional Planning student at the University of Technology (UTech), has been awarded the Cyril Matherson Memorial Scholarship for the 2005/06 academic year.
The presentation was made at a ceremony held at the Boulevard Baptist Church in Kingston yesterday (Nov. 20). The scholarship, valued at $45,000, will go towards meeting Miss Lumley’s tuition costs.
Scholarship Co-ordinator at UTech, Dottie M. Higgins, told JIS News that the scholarship was awarded yearly to final year students at the School of Building and Land Management and the Caribbean School of Architecture, and was based primarily on academic performance and financial need.
“We have a rating system whereby we look at academic performance, which takes up 40 per cent of the ratings, financial need, which takes up another 30 per cent and then extra curricular activities and performance at the scholarship interview complete the remaining 30 percent,” she further explained.
The scholarship is named in honour of the late Cyril Matherson, who was a builder by profession and one of the first four deacons of the Boulevard Baptist Church.
Mr. Matherson was instrumental in the building of the existing chapel and the first church building, which now houses the Luther Gibbs Educational Centre. At his death in 1993, the Boulevard Baptist Church took a decision to grant a scholarship in his memory. The first grant was made in 1995 and since then, 13 other students majoring in areas such as Urban and Regional Planning, Architectural Studies, Construction Management and Structural Studies, have benefited from the award.