Monday 22 July, 2019

J Wray & Nephew Foundation increases 2019 scholarship allotment

This year’s allocation is in furtherance of the JWN Foundation’s pronouncement that it would grow its community scholarships offerings to 200 in 2021.

This year’s allocation is in furtherance of the JWN Foundation’s pronouncement that it would grow its community scholarships offerings to 200 in 2021.

The J Wray & Nephew Foundation (JWNF) is increasing its 2019 scholarship allotment to 140 for tertiary and secondary students.

This year’s allocation is in furtherance of the JWN Foundation’s pronouncement that it would grow its community scholarships offerings to 200 in 2021.

“Deepening our investment in education is key to moving this country forward,” said Tanikie McClarthy Allen, CEO, JWNF.

She added: “We at the JWNF, like all Jamaicans, have seen an alarming increase in activity in that are destroying our society.  As pacesetters in Jamaica, we are keen to play our role in bringing about meaningful and positive change. We believe education is the best investment vehicle for this and therefore will continue our heavy focus on the classroom.  Through education, young Jamaicans can see brighter prospects for the future, change the discourse and start to break the cycles that have kept their communities impoverished.”

The JWN Foundation was established in 2012 and is guided by its mantra of ‘Transforming Lives and Communities for a Better Jamaica’.

It offers community scholarships annually to tertiary and secondary level students from areas surrounding its business operations at Spanish Town Road in Kingston, New Yarmouth in Clarendon and Appleton Estate in St Elizabeth.

Applications opened on Monday, June 10 and run for a three-week period, closing on Friday, June 28. 

The process is guided by an application form, which is available at schools and community centres within specified communities, including Olympic Way, Riverton Meadows, Majestic Gardens, Waterhouse and Seaview Gardens in Kingston; Gimme-Me-Bit, Race Course, Water Lane and Vernamfield in Clarendon; and Holland, Siloah, Thornton and Balaclava in St Elizabeth.

Among the requirements, tertiary scholarship applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA/B+ average or higher, while secondary applicants must achieve 85 per cent or higher on the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exam, or a grade average of 80 per cent.

Applicants are also asked to demonstrate financial need and to write an essay that outlines their plans to be a catalyst for change within their communities. 

All successful tertiary level scholarship recipients must give back 72 volunteer hours annually.

This year’s scholarship numbers include 24 partial tertiary scholarships valued at $200,000 each and six full bursaries valued at $450,000 each. 

Tertiary grants in total now stand at 30, which is up from the 2017 figure, when eight were awarded.  Secondary scholarships have also been increased, with 110 now available, up from 80 that was granted last year.

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