Friday 21 September, 2018

220 students receive education grants from BGLC

Dr. Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance and the Public Service shares a photo frame selfie with Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) Education Fund recipients from left Shevelle McKenzie, Phillipa Peddie, Sasha Wynter and Selena Hamilton at the presentation ceremony held recently at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, UWI.

Dr. Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance and the Public Service shares a photo frame selfie with Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) Education Fund recipients from left Shevelle McKenzie, Phillipa Peddie, Sasha Wynter and Selena Hamilton at the presentation ceremony held recently at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, UWI.

A total of 220 students attending tertiary institutions across the island, are the beneficiaries of $11 million in education grants from the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission, the regulator of Jamaica’s gaming industry.

The students have each received $50,000 towards tuition fees for their studies at 17 tertiary institutions including the University of the West Indies (UWI); the University of Technology (UTECH); Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) and the Mico University College.

As keynote speaker at a presentation ceremony held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, UWI, Dr Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, lauded the Commission for its commitment to education and national development and charged the scholarship recipients to take advantage of the opportunity given to them.

“All of you present here are the selected few among hundreds of applicants; that says (to me) that you’ve already demonstrated your passion for success and this scholarship will certainly fuel your academic ambitions – therefore, maximize on this opportunity,” he said.

BGLC Scholarship awards ceremony

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Vitus Evans, Executive Director, BGLC reiterated the importance placed and pride held by the Commission in playing an active role to foster initiatives aimed at making education more accessible for Jamaica’s youth.

“This is our fifth year assisting tertiary students in Jamaica and we hope to continue for many more years to come. Since we launched the BGLC Education Fund in 2013, we’ve provided more than $40 million in education grants to tertiary students, with over 800 students benefiting,” he said. “This is the Commission’s investment in the youth who will lead this country in the future,” Evans concluded.

Janique Dawkins, who is pursuing a degree in Banking & Finance at UWI shared that receiving the BGLC Education Grant is a “dream come true”.

“I’m so happy, I really wanted this scholarship because it will definitely offset tuition expenses for my parents. When I applied I prayed and remained hopeful that I would receive it, so being at this ceremony today is definitely a dream come true,” she said.

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