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I

GL LIMITED, Jamaica’s leading

energy and gas distribution

company, has been at the

forefront of investing in education

through the Ignite IGL

Foundation.

The Foundation has been

instrumental in providing

scholarships and bursaries, both to

deserving students in nursing and

medicine at the University of the

West Indies(UWI), Mona, and to

children of IGL staff members who

perform exceptionally well

academically.

The IGL Legacy Scholarship for

Nursing was established in 2007 for

students of the UWI Nursing

Programme and is awarded for

academic and practical excellence,

positive social engagement, and to

meet the candidates’ demonstrated

financial need. Under the IGL

Legacy Scholarship for Nursing,

two students benefit from

J$100,000 each per annum.

The Razai Azard Rahaman

Scholarship for Medicine –

which was named in honour of

Mr Rahaman, an IGL director and

chairman of IGL’s parent company,

The Rahamut Group – covers

tuition annually for each recipient

for five years at J$650,000 per year.

Like the IGL Legacy Scholarship

for Nursing, The Razai Azard

Rahaman Scholarship for Medicine

rewards academic success,

community involvement and

financial need and is specifically for

Jamaican nationals who are

registered in the first year of the

full-time undergraduate MBBS

programme in the Faculty of

Medical Sciences.

Through both scholarships, the

Ignite IGL Foundation has invested

over J$40 million in realising

academic aspirations of the next

generation of healthcare

professionals in Jamaica, with over

18 medical students and 18 nursing

students as proud recipients to date.

A similar investment continues

through the IGL internal bursary

programme, which was

conceptualised and initiated over

20 years ago, to reward and

incentivise children of IGL staff

members to maintain their pursuit

of academic excellence. Last year,

22 children of IGL employees

benefitted from this programme,

each receiving J$15,000 annually.

A key aspect of the bursary

programme is that beneficiaries

retain the bursary from primary

through to secondary education, as

long as they demonstrate

consistent academic achievements.

The Ignite IGL Foundation is

committed to nurturing the

educational aspirations of the next

generation and will continue to

harness their growth and

development.

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THE GLEANER’S SCHOLARSHIPS TO GO 2018 | TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018

Investing in education

CONTRIBUTED

Medical and nursing scholars at the 2017 Ignite IGL Foundation Annual Scholarship and Bursary Awards Ceremony, held at the Alhambra Inn. They are joined by

Wayne Kirkpatrick (third left), general manager, IGL Ltd; Sharon Hay Webster (fifth left), senior adviser, Ministry of Education; Bevon Francis (second right), IGL Ltd

board chairman; and Noel Levy, IGL Ltd board member.

IGNITE IGL FOUNDATION

Through both scholarships, the

Ignite IGL Foundation has invested

over J$40 million in realizing

academic aspirations of the next

generation of healthcare

professionals in Jamaica.