August 29, 2012

Jamalco Invests in Education

In another demonstration of its commitment to building better communities through education, some 200 primary, secondary and tertiary level students from Jamalco’s operating areas have received education assistance for the 2012/2013 academic year. The awards were announced during a ceremony at the refinery on August 21.

Nine students from the refinery, port and railroad communities received scholarships, 20 received bursaries and 50 received book grants.  Another 120 students who live in the mining communities received books and other school supplies.  All beneficiaries were selected based on demonstrated need and their academic performance.

Speaking at the awards function Jamalco’s Managing Director Jerome Maxwell explained that while the company has its challenges there is a need to continue investing in young people of promise. He therefore urged the students to make the best use of the opportunity they have been given. “Seize it with both hands and excel in your school work,” he said.

Corporate Services Manager Leo Lambert urged the students to remember that “Success is an attitude” and that they should strive for an attitude of excellence in all they do.  He reminded the recipients that for every grant, bursary or scholarship that Jamalco gives, there are countless other needy students who could not receive an award.  “Despite our financial challenges we are standing behind this programme because we know what a difference education can make,” he said.

In expressing her appreciation for the company’s assistance, Shanee Palmer University of the West Indies journalism student whose mother is critically ill with a brain tumor said, “Because of my mother’s situation we were not sure that we would be able to go back to school so we are very grateful to Jamalco.”

Northern Caribbean University Computer Science student Larry Jones added, “because I know that someone has not given up on me I have a great responsibility to do well. If I don’t, the consequences will be great.”

In his vote of thanks on behalf of his fellow awardees, University of Technology (UTECH) Law student Rosheide Spence said, “Jamalco has given us an opportunity to succeed therefore let us succeed.  We are proud Jamalcoans and we will work hard to be the best people assisted by the best company.”

Recipients of Jamalco scholarships and bursaries.

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Recipients of Jamalco grants, bursaries and scholarships for the 2012 school year.