PHOTOS: JPPC gives $2.5m for 14 high school scholarships from East Kgn
Attentive individuals among the guests at the Jamaica Private Power Company (JPPC) scholarship awards in New Kingston last week. (Photos: Marlon Reid)
Jamaica Private Power Company (JPPC) last Tuesday awarded 14 children with five-year high school scholarships collectively valued at $2.5 million, at a ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew.
The recipients are from schools in the electoral boundary of East Kingston, where JPPC is located. The students will attend high schools in the Corporate Area, and will receive $35,000 for each of the five years, with a stipulation that they must maintain at least a ‘B’ average.
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of JPPC, Wayne McKenzie, said the entity wants to improve the lives of the residents of the community through education. He said JPPC has been helping the residents this way for the past five years.
According to McKenzie, JPPC took on the charitable educational venture in an effort to help Jamaica progress, as it will assist the residents to make better decisions for the growth of the country.
McKenzie also announced that two of the first recipients of the scholarship, who have completed the five years under the initial scholarship, will get further assistance through their years in sixth form.
He also announced that starting next year, JPPC will be giving tertiary scholarships.
JPPC scholarship awards
Meanwhile, media and entertainment personality, Clyde McKenzie, implored the children that when they give a commitment, they should keep it, this while doing the things they love, instead of those they believe will earn them the most money.
He advised them to have a mentor to guide them, although they should be careful of the advice they take.
He also told them not to be afraid of making mistakes, and to be careful not to make the views of others define them.
Clyde McKenzie told the children that their talents alone will not assure them success in life, and they must be bold in asking questions.
The 14 recipients are: Kijhani Davidson (Windward Road Primary) - Wolmer's Boys' School; Duschane Evans (Holy Rosary Primary) - Wolmer's Boys' School; Ryel Findlater (Norman Gardens Primary) - Kingston College; Adrean Gibson (St Benedict's Primary) - Kingston College; Toyissa Glenn (Port Royal Primary) - Convent Of Mercy Academy; Amarie Johnson (Renock Lodge Primary) - Donald Quarrie High; Talicia Lewis (Norman Gardens Primary) - Dunoon Park Technical High; Taze Mattis (Harbour View Primary) - Wolmer's Boys' School; Jeremiah Nixon (Port Royal Primary) - Calabar High; Yolande Robinson (Windward Road Primary) - Wolmer's Girls' School; Raheem Smith (Rollington Town Primary) - Kingston College; Olecia Swaby (Harbour View Primary) - Immaculate Conception; Shandanie Taylor (Holy Rosary Primary) - Campion College; and Damila Williams (Rollington Town Primary) - Wolmer's Girls' School.