Sunday 18 August, 2019

JWNF partners with American entity to offer two CMU scholarships

Happy faces among the student population  at the Caribbean Maritime University on the Palisadoes strip in Kingston.

Happy faces among the student population at the Caribbean Maritime University on the Palisadoes strip in Kingston.

The J Wray and Nephew Foundation (JWNF) has partnered with the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) to afford each of two deserving applicants a full tertiary-level scholarship.

The ACMF and JWN Foundation will equally share the responsibility of furnishing both scholarships, which are tenable at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).

“I was moved to start the foundation by the commitment I saw in Dr (Fritz) Pinnock to maritime and to his students. This scholarship in his name will be an ongoing inspiration to all of us, not just to CMU students,” said Dr Geneive Brown-Metzger, ACMF’s President and Executive Director.

Head of the ACMF’s Scholarship Committee, Jan Ivarsson noted the importance of their contribution.

Ivarsson said: “Our scholarship programme is about increasing access for those young people who qualify, but can’t really afford to attend, or who are struggling to find the funds to continue their education.”

The JWN Foundation has also entered into another collaboration to upgrade two of its existing tertiary scholarships, to now yield the Minister of Education Scholarship for Excellence in Education for a value of $400,000.

“The Minister of Education’s Scholarship for Excellence in Education will be added to our slate of five full scholarship awards for a total value of $2.15 million. These include the Joy Spence Master Blender Scholarship Awards and the Dr Fritz Pinnock Award, which represent our collaboration with the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF), and is redeemable at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU),” said Clement Lawrence, Chairman of the JWN Foundation, which has doubled its tertiary bursaries from 10 in 2017, to 20 this year.

The other three full scholarships include the Joy Spence Master Blender Awards, which are evenly distributed at one apiece to each of the communities where JWN operates across the country.

In addition to the 20 tertiary scholarships, there are 80 secondary-level scholarships, which bring to 100 the total number of bursaries available for JWNF communities.

Kingston is allocated the major share at the secondary level, with 35 community scholarships, while 25 were offered for St Elizabeth, and 20 to Clarendon, each at a value of $25,000.

The JWN Foundation has awarded over $35 million to students within the communities in which it operates, assisting them to complete their education. This reflects 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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