JPPC increases education support in east Kingston to $11.5 million

Sunday, September 16, 2018

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Another 10 students from schools in eastern Kingston will benefit from some $2.5 million towards their secondary education as a part of the Jamaica Private Power Company's (JPPC) Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) Scholarship Programme.

This year's pledge will take the number of scholars to 48 and the total commitment of the five-year-old initiative to $11.5 million.

The students were awarded at the annual GSAT scholarship breakfast held at the Pegasus hotel in Kingston three weeks ago. They are Najae Blair, Tejane Cummings, Ajanie Davey, Zakayla Davis, Tessanne Eccleston, Amahni Edwards, Denee Gray, Christina Hunter, Ciara Johnson, and Dante Stewart.

In her address, general manager of the JPPC Ingrid Christian-Baker gave the assurance that each scholar, who earned an average of 80 per cent and above in the 2018 GSATs will receive $50,000 for every year of high school from first to fifth form once an average of 75 per cent is maintained.

Each scholar was also presented with a hard hat, the symbolic meaning of which Christian-Baker explained in her speech.

According to the general manager: “Beyond the selfies you will take with your hat I want you to consider it your reminder that you are strong and tough and you are part of what this country needs to move forward.

“And if you find that you need that extra push, I hope the hat reminds you that you can depend on us for support.”

Engaging the scholars in a dance session, the recently crowned Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Ackera Gowie, who is also an ambassador with the Governor General's I Believe Initiative, encouraged the young stars to shine unapologetically wherever they go.

The queen, who was guest speaker at the scholarship breakfast, used her own 'come-up' story of how, despite her slow and rocky start, her determination and ambition propelled her to achieve great things.

Adding that it was a scholarship that added the extra wind beneath her wings, Gowie saluted the JPPC's efforts.

“When you empower one life you empower an individual dream, and when that dream is realised then an entire community can be empowered, and that will happen to all the families that are here,” she said.

The JPPC GSAT scholarship programme began in 2014, as the company's way of providing well-needed, meaningful, financial support to high-achieving students within the environs of its plant operations.

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