Wednesday 23 October, 2019

27 students receive Carlton Alexander bursaries

Caroline Mahfood, Executive Director, GraceKennedy Foundation (seated third left), GraceKennedy CEO Don Wehby (seated centre) and Dr Fred Kennedy (seated third right), chairman of GraceKennedy Foundation, with recipients of the bursaries on Thursday.

Caroline Mahfood, Executive Director, GraceKennedy Foundation (seated third left), GraceKennedy CEO Don Wehby (seated centre) and Dr Fred Kennedy (seated third right), chairman of GraceKennedy Foundation, with recipients of the bursaries on Thursday.

GraceKennedy Foundation on Thursday awarded Carlton Alexander bursaries to 27 students at a function at its Harbour Street offices. The bursaries are for students attending secondary schools and universities.

Students attending high school in First to Fifth Form, will receive $40,000, with those in Sixth Form getting $70,000. University students get $100,000.

Seven students will be receiving the financial assistance for the first time, with GraceKennedy Foundation renewing the assistance to the other 20. For the new students, five are attending secondary institutions, while the the other two are attending universities.

Executive Director of GraceKennedy Foundation, Caroline Mahfood said three students were removed from the programme this year, as one migrated and the other two completed their secondary education.

She said selecting the awardees was hard, as the three-woman panel of judges “agonised over which students to select.

"It was very challenging but we are pleased with the final decision," she said.

GK Carlton Alexander Bursaries

According to chairman of the GraceKennedy Foundation, Dr Fred Kennedy, the bursaries came from the Carlton Alexander Memorial Fund, which was established in 1989 after the death of the former chairman of GraceKennedy.

He explained to the recipients that Alexander stood for discipline and hard work, and urged them to maintain their focus, which will help to keep them getting the bursaries.

He said the bursaries are based on strong academic performance and are awarded after reports are provided to confirm that the recipients have maintained an acceptable standard of performance.

Kennedy said, “I am immensely proud of the GraceKennedy Foundation and all the work they have been doing in keeping with our goal of having a positive impact on the quality of people’s lives.”

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