Thursday 22 August, 2019

JWNF opens applications for its 2018 Community Scholarship Awards

Chairman of J. Wray and Nephew and the JWN Foundation, Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence (front row, right), shares a moment with tertiary scholarship recipients and members of the judging panel during the 2017 JWN Scholarship Awards ceremony.

Chairman of J. Wray and Nephew and the JWN Foundation, Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence (front row, right), shares a moment with tertiary scholarship recipients and members of the judging panel during the 2017 JWN Scholarship Awards ceremony.

The J Wray and Nephew Foundation (JWNF) recently announced the opening of applications for its 2018 Community Scholarship Awards on the academic year 2018-2019.

This year’s enactment of the scholarship programme will close on Friday, June 22, 2018.

JWNF operates under the mantra, ‘transforming lives and communities for a better Jamaica’ and provides scholarships for tertiary and secondary-level students who live within the areas surrounding J Wray & Nephew Limited’s operations at Spanish Town Road in St Andrew, New Yarmouth in Clarendon and Appleton Estate in St Elizabeth.

In 2017 there was a massive expansion in the number of bursaries extended in this category, quadrupling the numbers from 25 in 2016 to 100 last year.

The 2017 staging of the Scholarship Awards also saw the introduction of the Master Blender’s Scholarship valued at $450,000. Candidates who apply for this award had to be pursuing studies in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Two recipients tied for the awards in its maiden staging – Rikardo Anderson from Clarendon, who studied Medical Physics at the University of the West Indies; and Jevonnie Fennel from Kingston for studies in Marine Engineering at Caribbean Maritime University. 

These two scholars joined eight other recipients of tertiary bursaries and utilised all the available scholarships in this category.

Regrettably, the bursaries available in the secondary category were undersubscribed, and only 67 of 90 available grants were issued.

For 2018, the foundation has kept the total available bursaries at 100, but the mix will be adjusted and more tertiary-level bursaries will be on offer.

The scholarships are governed by the following criteria:

Secondary students must:

•        Achieve 85 per cent or higher on the GSAT or be maintaining a B average;

•        Show financial need;

•        Write a 500-word essay under the theme ‘I want to be a recipient of the JWN Foundation 2018 Scholarship Awards and this is how the JWN Scholarship will assist’;

•        Where there is a tie, students may be called in for an interview.

For tertiary students, the criteria require:

•        Academic achievement of 3.0 GPA or higher;

•        Show financial need;

•        Be recommended by an academic advisor or professor;

•        Shortlisted students will be called in for a panel interview;

•        One-time disbursement, must re-apply annually;

•        Successful awardees are required to complete 72 volunteer hours per year within community.

The successful applicants will be notified in due course by JWNF, to be followed by the official scholarship ceremony, where the students are feted and bursaries are presented.

The JWN Foundation has awarded over $35 million to students within its communities, assisting them to complete their education. This reaffirms a commitment to positively shape lives through educational development and the promise of a better future for the next leaders of the country. 

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