Saturday 31 October, 2020

JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation awards $8m in scholarships to 105 students

JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation team joins the 2017-18 tertiary scholarship recipients for a fun moment.

JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation team joins the 2017-18 tertiary scholarship recipients for a fun moment.

Over 100 students got their tuition and other related expenses for the new school year covered by the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation, through its scholarship programme. 

The foundation this year awarded $8 million in scholarships and bursaries to students, mainly at the tertiary level; in addition to students drawn from primary, secondary and special needs institutions.

The tertiary awardees are drawn from all the major local universities including the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona; University of Technology (UTech); Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA); and Northern Caribbean University (NCU).

In sharing more about the scholarship process, Patricia Sutherland, chairman of the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation, noted that, in keeping with its commitment to transforming lives, the foundation made a deliberate decision to provide scholarships to bridge the financial gap and assist individuals to unearth their greatness, in spite of the academic accolades of the applicants.

Sutherland said: "We recognized that there is a gap that is not readily being filled, resulting in a significant number of financially -challenged students not being able to benefit from the financial assistance available, because they are not in the top percentile of their class, although they are average or above average students.

"As such, the foundation’s scholarship considers the holistic applicant, including strong leadership potential; involvement in several extracurricular activities or charitable organizations, combined with sufficient academic aptitude and the financial circumstances of the applicant.” 

All recipients of the scholarship are given the opportunity to participate in a transformational leadership workshop.

The workshop seeks to explore: self-awareness; reflection paradigm-shifting; critical-thinking; and visioning, among other areas. 

Sutherland shared: "Through the workshop, the foundation is able to share tools with the recipients so that they can be empowered to achieve their dreams; enabling them to live more powerful lives and unlock their true potential.” 

For this year, the workshop is slated for October.



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