St George's alumnus earns JPS Foundation Engineering Scholarship
Shemour Martin, a first-year electrical engineering student, is the JPS Foundation Engineering Scholarship’s first official scholar and will be attending UTech this semester.
The JPS Foundation has awarded the first scholarship in its recently launched programme, providing financial support for students pursuing tertiary education in engineering.
In 2019, the foundation introduced ‘The JPS Foundation Engineering Scholarship’ giving students sitting CSEC Electrical Technology an opportunity to receive a full scholarship valued at US$10,000 per year to a university of choice in Jamaica.
Shemour Martin, a first-year electrical engineering student, is the programme’s first official scholar and will be attending the University of Technology (UTech) this semester.
Shemour, a diligent and determined young man, is the first in his family to excel in CSEC and the first to attend university, the foundation said in a press release.
A well-rounded St. George’s alumnus actively involved in extracurriculars such as Tae-Kwon-Do, Track & Field, Robotics and Community Service, Shemour also enrolled himself in the HEART Trust NTA night programme in Portmore to acquire a trade in welding.
"The JPS Foundation Engineering Scholarship is yet another demonstration of our commitment to Jamaica's development through education. We recognise that it is expensive to study at the tertiary level, so this full scholarship will remove that burden from the Martin Family. Shemour's application stood above the rest of impressive applicants and we are proud to be on this journey with him," noted Ramsay McDonald, JPS Foundation Deputy Chairman.
In his application essay, Shemour mentioned that following his undergraduate degree, he dreams of revamping Jamaica’s aviation sector and becoming an aircraft maintenance engineer.
Having received this scholarship, Shemour stressed the immense gratitude and relief he feels knowing he has made his family proud and eased the financial burden. He sees this as the first step to fulfilling his dreams and inspiring those around him to do the same.
“I refuse to become another product of my environment.” Shemour shared. “I want to leave a legacy lasting longer than my time that would serve as a reminder that regardless of the circumstance, we have the ability to exploit our potential and execute our dreams and as such, become an inspiration to those around us and those who come after us.”
The JPS Foundation was established in 2012 and since inception, education has been one of the major pillars of their operations. The foundation and JPS have been involved in several educational initiatives over the years including Secondary School Energy Clubs, Back-To-School Support at the primary level and Fee Grants for all CSESC students sitting Electrical Technology for the last four years.