J Wray & Nephew Foundation scholars thrilled with ACMF experience
Dr. Fritz Pinnock (centre), President, Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), embraces students Glenardo Simpson (left) and Jevonnie Fennell, during the ACMF's recent fundraiser in New York.
J Wray & Nephew Foundation (JWNF) scholarship recipients, Glenardo Simpson and Jevonnie Fennell of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), are basking in the experience of meeting leading industry officials at the recent American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) fundraiser in New York.
Simpson and Fennell both attended the event courtesy of the JWNF’s sponsorship. They earned full-time grants through a collaboration between JWNF and ACMF that yielded the Dr Fritz Pinnock Scholarship Award, named in honour of CMU’s first President.
“The gala itself, the sit-down sessions and support, that aspect of it was really important to me and also the fact that they really gave us an opportunity to bond with global leaders who have an impact in the maritime industry,” Simpson shared.
Tanikie McClarthy Allen (second right), JWN Director, Public Affairs and Sustainability and Shantaae Lewis (second left), Public Affairs and Digital Media Specialist, pose with CMU's Glenardo Simpson (left) and Jevonnie Fennell.
“For someone who wants to make a career in the maritime industry that was a great platform to network and put yourself out there as a youngster, with all those world-renowned persons,” added Simpson.
Fennell, who noted sitting at a table during the gala with a veteran seafarer, said he got useful insight.
“There was a reverend there, I spoke with him, he was at my table and he gave me some insight in terms of what to expect both mentally and physically,” said Fennell.
“He further expounded in the sense of the cultural differences and how people interact … shedding some light on cultural isolation, which is a major factor affecting seafarers internationally. Those were eye-openers, useful information for me as a young, aspiring seafarer,” Fennell further explained.
The former Kingston College student said he might have also gotten some useful links, disclosing that “venturing into a close knit and competitive industry the few business cards I got I can use them to my advantage”.
The young men were accompanied on the occasion by Tanikie McClarthy Allen, JWNF Director and JWN’s Director, Public Affairs and Sustainability and Shantaee Lewis, JWN’s Public Affairs and Digital Media Specialist.
“The fact that they were there to give us advice, taking care of us, it was like sharing an experience with a mother,” said Simpson. “It was different and I enjoyed every moment of it.”