THE GLEANER’S SCHOLARSHIPS TO GO 2018 |
TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018
FIRST HERITAGE CO-OPERATIVE CREDIT UNION LIMITED
FIRST HERITAGE Co-operative
Credit Union Limited (FHC),
through its Foundation awards
students pursuing local and
international programmes, once
eligible, who receive tertiary
scholarships and grants to assist
them in their tuition. Meet Patria
Mason-Beckford, one of the 2017
Renald Mason Scholarship
recipients, who shares with us how
the credit union has paved the way
for her to pursue her passion.
Q: TELL US ABOUT PATRIA
I am a forest technician and
seed programme coordinator at the
Forestry Department, a past
student of Oberlin High School, a
certified evangelist, preacher,
mentor and public speaker.
I realised that my passion for the
ministry grew bigger and deeper,
hence I decided to pursue my
tertiary studies in theology at the
Jamaica Theological Seminary. I
really enjoy my career, but I also
believe that there is a major
difference with enjoying what you do
versus being passionate about your
dreams. Pursuing one’s passion is like
never working a day in your life.
I am a mother of two boys –
Jahjaire, 16, and Jabari, nine years
old. I believe that I can do all things
through Christ, who strengthens me.
Q: HOW DID YOU HEAR
ABOUT THE FHC TERTIARY
I was scholarship hunting. I
googled the FHC website and I also
received the information via an
email from the Jamaica Theological
Seminary Student Affairs office.
Q: HOW HAS THE FHC
I was awarded $100,000, which
made it possible for me to pay the
fee while still attending classes. I
was very grateful because my
tuition was reduced as FHC made
it easier to pursue my passion.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR GOAL IN
THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?
My goal is to travel the world
with a purpose to transform the
lives of adolescents and young
adults spiritually, holistically and
psychologically. Also, I aim to be a
philanthropist. As the founder of
YAP (Young and Purposeful), I
intend to change lives.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD
YOU OFFER TO STUDENTS
WITH TUITION CHALLENGES?
Get rid of your pride, seek
assistance, and view local and
international websites for
scholarships and grants. Work hard
and get good grades, volunteer
your skills and/or services in your
community. This will increase your
chances of obtaining a scholarship.
Q: ANY FINAL WORDS?
I would implore all young
Jamaicans to pursue their goals.
FHC’s tertiary scholarship opened the
door to a world of opportunities for
me. Get a good education, build your
personal brand, you might just be the
next FHC scholarship awardee.
FHC Credit Union inspires passion with a purpose
A CHAT WITH PATRIA MASON-BECKFORD – 2017 RENALD MASON SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEE
Renald Mason Scholarship awardee Patria Mason-Beckford
receiving her award from Pauline Mason, the wife of Renald
Mason, in whose honour the scholarship is being given.