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THE GLEANER’S SCHOLARSHIPS TO GO 2018 |

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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

MASON-BECKFORD?

A:

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

SCHOLARSHIP?

A:

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

TERTIARY SCHOLARSHIP

BENEFITED YOU?

A:

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?

A:

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?

A:

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?

A:

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

CONTRIBUTED

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.