Monday 1 June, 2020

National Bakery Spark It Up Education Grant brings Christmas joy

National Baking Company has donated $500,000 to the Spark It Up Education Grant. The handover was made on Friday, December 13 at National Bakery’s Head Office on Half-Way-Tree Road in St Andrew.

Dan-Neil Dunkelly is the second and most recent beneficiary of the education grant. The final year student of Caribbean Maritime University (VMU), pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Customs Processes, Freight Forwarding and Immigration, received $250,000 from the Spark It Up Education Grant.

During the handover, Dunkelly expressed: “Sparks has made an impact on my life that is unexplainable, and I truly appreciate being awarded this grant. I feel really blessed going into the Christmas.”

When asked what advice she has for university students who may be experiencing challenges financing their education, she stated: “Don’t give up, do your very best and apply for scholarships”.

The Spark It Up Education Grant was conceptualised by Tricia ‘Sparkiebaby’ Spence, otherwise called ‘Sparks’, in March 2019. Sparks explained that she has a passion for helping others to reach their full potential, and is keen on supporting students who are faced with challenges to fund their education.

“While struggling to finance my education when I was younger, I had vowed to set up a foundation in the future to assist persons who are facing similar difficulties as I did. I am happy that National came on board to support the foundation to assist individuals with achieving their dreams.”

The first Spark It Up Education grant was awarded in April 2019.

Brand Manager at National Bakery, Kari Steele, stated: “We are aware of the challenges that are experienced by students to complete higher education, and alleviating these financial burdens remains a priority for National. We are very pleased to contribute to the Spark It Up Education Grant to assist students such as Dan-Neil.”

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