Tuesday 12 November, 2019

JWN Foundation looks to award scholarships at a national level

Corporate secondary recipients of the JWN Foundation scholarships and JWN Foundation Chairman Clement Lawrence (centre) are a picture of excitement at the JWN Foundation scholarship awards ceremony.

Corporate secondary recipients of the JWN Foundation scholarships and JWN Foundation Chairman Clement Lawrence (centre) are a picture of excitement at the JWN Foundation scholarship awards ceremony.

Chairman of the J Wray & Nephew Foundation (JWNF), Clement “Jimmy” Lawrence says his organisation will in 2021 go beyond just giving scholarships to students in the communities in which JWN operates, but on a national level.

The JWNF awarded 275 scholarships, totaling nearly $17 million, to students in communities surrounding the company’s operations at Appleton Estate, St Elizabeth, New Yarmouth Estate, Clarendon and its Spanish Town Road hub in Kingston at the Courtleigh Auditorium on Thursday.

“It is against this backdrop that we made a commitment in 2016 to grow our scholarships to 200 bursaries for our communities by 2021.   When we made this pronouncement our Annual Scholarship Awards Programme offered 25 scholarships. We remain focused on our five-year objective and I am happy to say we are well on our way as with two years to go we are already at 128 scholarships,” Lawrence pointed out.

JWN Foundation Chairman Clement Lawrence (right) and Master Blender at the J. Wray & Nephew Limited Dr. Joy Spence (third left) shares lens with Dr Joy Spence STEM Master Blender Awardees Ricardo Anderson, Lorenzo Blake, Sashana Nelson and Reanna Hall.

He noted that, “having secured our communities” the JWNF will not relent in its efforts in education and in 2021 will “expand our offerings to the national stage”.

He said this will mean that more youths will be given the opportunity to further their studies and matriculate to a higher level of education, without having to bear all the burden of related school fees.

“More families will experience transformation and economic empowerment through the JWN Foundation’s programmes and more communities will be assisted in citizen-led initiatives that are solutions-oriented and will lift the discourse across this great nation,” Lawrence added.

“Today, we reaffirm our commitment to positively shaping lives through education and playing our part in fulfilling the promise of a better future for Jamaica.”

Lauding the scholarship awardees who will be furthering their plans for success at some of the leading secondary and tertiary institutions in Jamaica, he urged them to remain committed to their goals and seize every opportunity for development, maintain a positive attitude and know that the sky, and beyond will be their limit.

JWN Foundation Chairman Clement Lawrence (centre) is all smiles as he poses for a photos with (from left to right) JWN Foundation scholarship recipient Marissa Barker, Guest Speaker Dr Neleen Leslie-Piper, Donna Barker and Abbigaye Cole at the JWN Foundation scholarship awards ceremony on Thursday, September 12 at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston.

The JWNF chairman called on the parents, guardians and community mentors to continue to provide support for the recipients by sharing positive and empowering messages, while encouraging them to reach for the stars.

“We are excited about your future and look forward to witnessing and celebrating your academic and professional success,” he further stated.

St Elizabeth received the bulk of the scholarships, securing 45 of the awards.

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