Sagicor Foundation awards 42 university and high school scholarships
Sagicor Foundation has selected 42 students from across the island to receive 26 tertiary scholarships and 16 secondary scholarships. The awards of these scholarships are a part of Sagicor Foundation’s overall vision to support educational development in Jamaica.
The scholarships are renewable for the duration of the students’ studies at their respective levels - university scholarships are renewable up to four years, while high school scholarships are up to five years.
After receiving over 600 applications, Sagicor shortlisted and selected recipients at the tertiary level based on academic performance, financial need, community involvement and student leadership. With an investment of up to $250,000 per student, per academic year, the 2017 scholarship programme will see students from diverse backgrounds, with a wealth of potential, receiving scholarships to attend the University of the West Indies Mona, University of Technology, Jamaica, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Mico University College, Caribbean Maritime Institute, Northern Caribbean University and the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean.
Of the sixteen GSAT scholarship awardees; two of the scholars are the champion boy and girl from this year’s Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA)/Sagicor National Athletics Championships. The GSAT scholarship is valued at $50,000 annually for five years.
“Sagicor remains committed to fulfilling its responsibility as a company deeply rooted in the growth of our country, and what better way to do so, than through assisting many hardworking students to achieve their dreams,” said Ingrid Card, Executive Director, Sagicor Foundation.
The scholarship programme goes beyond just tuition funding. As part of each tertiary scholars’ personal and professional development, they are required to volunteer with outreach projects of the Sagicor Foundation, such as the annual Sigma Corporate Run, as a way of encouraging the habit of giving back and ‘paying it forward’.
To maintain their scholarships, the recipients are expected to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 and above, while high school students are required to retain an average of 80 per cent and above.
The Sagicor Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Sagicor Group committed to caring, inspiring and serving people across Jamaica, as it endeavors to improve the lives of those in communities across Jamaica.
The scholarship programme was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in a multiplicity of fields. Currently, over 100 high school and university students are enrolled in the Sagicor Foundation Scholarship Programme.