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Published November 11, 2016


ORE THAN 75 young

adults will see their

dreams of pursuing higher

education realised through a $17.5

million investment by the

GraceKennedy Foundation in

scholarships and bursaries. The

foundation recently held its awards

ceremony and officially handed

over the financial awards to the


According to Grace Burnett,

chief executive officer of the GK

Financial Group, GraceKennedy's

investment in education through

its two foundations was aimed at

improving Jamaica's future.

"All of our scholars are

exceptional students, with most

coming from low-income

households and would not have

been able to afford university

education without assistance.

Education is a very important area

of focus for GraceKennedy, which

is why our two foundations – the

Grace & Staff Community

Development Foundation and the

GraceKennedy Foundation - invest

so heavily in our children," Burnett


"We want to be the game changer -

changing the structures in inner-city

communities, from dons to doctors or

engineers or accountants and the

many other professions, developing a

strong workforce for Jamaica's future,"

she added.

Seven scholarships were

presented to first-time recipients,

while existing scholars, who

maintained at least a B average,

had their awards renewed.

The prestigious GraceKennedy

Jamaica Scholarship for 2016,

tenable at The University of the

West Indies (UWI), went to

Avaughn Prendergast, who is

pursuing a bachelor of science

degree in actuarial science. A

former head boy at Charlemont

High School in St Catherine,

Prendergast obtained nine grade

ones in his Caribbean Secondary

Education Certificate (CSEC)

examinations. He completed 12

units of Caribbean Advanced

Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

with grade ones and one grade two.

He is passionate about maths and

represented Jamaica at the Math

Olympiad in Nicaragua earlier this

year. In giving back to his alma

mater, Prendergast served as

teaching assistant in his school's

summer programme.

The Douglas Orane Scholarship

(for a student studying science,

technology or engineering at the

University of the West Indies

(UWI), University of Technology

(UTech), or the Northern

Caribbean University (NCU) went

to Stephan Pitterson, formerly of

Campion College. Pitterson is

pursuing a bachelor of science

degree in bio-chemistry at the

UWI. He has eight CSEC subjects,

with seven grade ones and one

grade two. He has eight units at

CAPE, including seven grade ones

and one grade two.


Former GraceKennedy Chairman

and Chief Executive Officer Raf

Diaz was on hand to present a

scholarship named in his honour to

Shanike Josephs, a first-year

accounting student at UWI. Her

extra-curricular involvement

includes membership with the

Jamaica Automobile Association,

United Nations Club, Girl Guides

and Interact. Josephs has nine CSEC

subjects, eight with grade ones and

one grade two. She also completed

eight units of CAPE, with seven

grade ones and one grade two.

Other scholarships presented

included the GraceKennedy-

University of Technology Jamaica

Scholarship, which went to

Shanika Spencer; the Edna Manley

College Scholarship to School of

Drama student Waldane Walker;

and the Bruce Rickards

Scholarship, specifically for a

Kingston College past student,

went to Kadeem Campbell and

Mark Lewis .

Final-year student Withney

DaCosta received the


Maritime Institute Bursary. The

GraceKennedy Foundation also

awarded several other bursaries to

students attending UWI, UTech,

Edna Manley College for the Visual

and Performing Arts, and the


The scholarship application

period runs from May 1 to July 15

each year.



| TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017


Shanike Josephs, a first-year accounting student at The University of the West Indies (UWI),

happily accepts her award from Raf Diaz, retired GraceKennedy chairman and CEO.

GraceKennedy awards

young, promising scholars