Career & Education

MASSY awards GSAT scholarships to students of Balmagie, St Patrick's primary

BY SASHA ROWE
Career & Education writer
editorial@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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TWENTY students from the Waterhouse, Seaview Gardens, and Riverton City communities who were recently placed by the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will breathe a little easier in high school thanks to the Massy Distribution group.

Massy awarded them each scholarships of $15,000 at its corporate head office off Spanish Town Road Thursday afternoon.

The awards will be renewed for the five mandatory years of high school, providing the students maintain at least a 'B' average.

Country manager for Massy Distribution Jamaica Group, Peter Graham says the group will continue to extend support to the surrounding communities in which it operates, as long as the students continue to strive for excellence.

“Being a large company is important, but what's even more important is that we care. We want to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate. We support our students because we want to make a difference, we want to create value, and we want to impact life. So I want to congratulate all the students who were successful in their GSAT exams. And I wish you well as you move from primary to secondary,” he said.

Speaking at the 15th annual awards ceremony on Thursday, Graham told the students that as they head to new environments things will be different, however, they should keep the goal of continuing to strive for excellence in mind.

“As you go off to high school you will have friends and classmates who are coming from other areas, maybe richer communities, but don't pay that any mind. If you are determined to succeed, it doesn't matter where you are coming from; the important thing is where you are going, ” Graham advised.

He further charged the GSAT awardees to adopt a growth mindset, as this will allow them to face everyday challenges from a new perspective.

He said: “With a growth mindset you will say, 'I know the problem is difficult, but I will try.' When someone with a fixed mindset meets a problem they will say, 'I am not good at this', but a person with a growth mindset will say, 'I have made mistakes, but each one is helping me to get better.'”

Speaking with the Jamaica Observer later, Graham expalined that the awards are in line with the company's purpose statement.

“We have a purpose statement that says we are a force to be good, creating value, transforming lives, and we believe that we have to support the communities in which we operate. GSAT is an important juncture in our students' lives, and so we extend support here in the Waterhouse, Riverton, Seaview communities, and we do the same out by Rockfort through Massy Gas products,” said Graham.

In addition to the financial support, each student participates in a the mentorship programme in which “our staff members keep check on the students and ensure that they are doing okay as they go through high school”.

The GSAT awardees were selected from Balmagie and St Patrick's primary schools as well as from the Massy staff, and chosen based on academic performace as well as need.

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