Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Sagicor Foundation doubles tertiary scholarship awards

The 2019 cohort of the Sagicor Foundation tertiary scholarship awardees are photographed with Christopher Zacca (left), President and CEO, Sagicor Group Jamaica and R Danny Williams (right), Chairman of the Sagicor Foundation, at last year’s Sagicor Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

The 2019 cohort of the Sagicor Foundation tertiary scholarship awardees are photographed with Christopher Zacca (left), President and CEO, Sagicor Group Jamaica and R Danny Williams (right), Chairman of the Sagicor Foundation, at last year’s Sagicor Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Sagicor Group Jamaica continued its 50th anniversary corporate social responsibility initiatives by awarding 50 renewable tertiary scholarships to young Jamaicans through its charitable arm, Sagicor Foundation.  

The numbers represent a 100 per cent increase over the average scholarships awarded each year to students at the tertiary level.

The scholarships, valued at up to $300,000 each, were given to students who are pursuing their first degrees at the University of the West Indies; University of Technology, Jamaica; Mico University College; Northern Caribbean University; Caribbean Maritime University; Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean. The scholarships are renewable once students maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and complete at least 40 voluntary hours with the Sagicor Foundation.

Following a thorough shortlisting and interview process, the 50 outstanding scholars were selected from a pool of over 2,100 applications.  Applicants were ranked based on their academic performance, community involvement and volunteerism, strong leadership potential, and financial need.

In addition to the renewable scholarships, the Foundation also awarded three educational grants valued at $100,000 each to tertiary students, taking them one step closer to funding their education and accomplishing their dreams.

The Sagicor Foundation also provided 21 scholarships valued at $50,000 to students who performed exceptionally well in the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination and have matriculated to high school. The secondary scholarships are renewable for five years, once the awardees maintain an average of 80 per cent and above.

In addition to the 50 scholarships being in honour of the company’s 50th anniversary, Dr R. Danny Williams, Sagicor Foundation Chairman, shared that the increase has come at  a very critical time when the COVID-19 pandemic is negatively impacting the livelihood of so many families, leading to an even greater need for financial resources to fund the education of their children.

“Sagicor Foundation understands and appreciates that now more than ever students will need financing support to fund their education, and we wanted to assist as many of those students as possible,” Williams said.

The Sagicor Foundation Chairman noted that the scholarship programme is a pivotal initiative undertaken annually to assist bright, young and promising young Jamaicans and give them an opportunity to excel and accomplish their dreams despite their socioeconomic reality.

“For Sagicor, these scholarships are an encouragement to our scholars to continue to push toward achieving their goals,” Williams added.

The scholarships were awarded to children of Sagicor clients and team members.

Sagicor Foundation invested over $34 million in scholarships and grants for new and returning students this year.

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