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GROWING UP as a youngster in an at-risk

community, I often look at the many trials

and tribulations that have come my way.

With all honesty, I never once thought

that I would have reached this far.

Burdens that ranged from social to

economic struggles with my family took a

toll throughout my life.

Being the only boy for either of my

parents, I thought to myself that I should

take responsibility and strive for

greatness. However, this bold decision

came with limitations via my financial

background, for starters. This challenge

has consistently hindered my chances for

success from the primary to the tertiary


Being a second-year medical physics

student at the University of the West

Indies (UWI), I must thank God and the J.

Wray & Nephew (JWN) Foundation for

giving me the opportunity to proudly

state this truth.

Starting second year, I really was not

sure I would have been able to continue

university. I could not see where I would

get the funds to pay for my tuition. I

could only hope to relieve some of the

mental stress that was exerted on me and

my family. Furthermore, I did not want to

take a break from school and lose

the momentum and confidence I

had gained after a great first-year


Receiving the scholarship from JWN

Foundation has truly made a

difference in my life, and I must

express my deepest gratitude

once again for the assistance

that was very much needed. It

has motivated me even more

to continue to work hard and

make the JWN Foundation,

my family, friends and, most

important, myself, proud.

– Rickardo Anderson, JWN

Foundation Tertiary ‘STEM’

Scholarship recipient




S ONE of the oldest

companies in Jamaica, we

know that we have a duty to

the wider society. We actively play

our part in ‘transforming lives and

communities for a better Jamaica’

through the JWN Foundation.

The JWN Foundation,

established in 2012, focuses

specifically on developing the areas

surrounding J. Wray & Nephew’s

operations – at Spanish Town Road

in Kingston, New Yarmouth in

Clarendon, and Appleton Estate in

St Elizabeth.

It operates under three main

pillars – social inclusion, education,

and culture.

Social inclusion –


Foundation’s programmes target

at-risk youth, women and other

challenged groups in a variety of ways

and seek to incorporate this theme in

all its other activities. Recently, JWN

Foundation made a welcome foray

into new territory, joining the

national cause of highlighting and

bringing action to child abuse and

violence against women.

Education –


Foundation provides scholarships

for tertiary and secondary-level

students. Last year, we allocated

100 scholarships for both

educational levels. This year, we

will further increase the number of

scholarships available to students.

Culture –

The JWN Foundation

strives to expose students to the

creative world and hosts a series of

thought-provoking interactions

under the theme ‘Expressions

through the Arts’. These sessions

provide students from our

communities with the opportunity

to escape their surroundings and

explore their talents.


‘JWNFoundation has truly

made a difference inmy life’


Rickardo Anderson grateful for support, motivation

Dedicated to transforming lives, communities


Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence (right), chairman of the JWN Foundation, and Granville Valentine (left) of National Workers’ Union

(NWU) pose with JWN Foundation scholarship recipients of the Joy Spence STEM Scholarship at the JWN Foundation

Scholarship Awards Ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.