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PCJ scholarship 'fuels' postgrad engineering student

Career and Education reporter

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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PETROLEUM Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has named engineering student Shanroy Dennis the winner of its $4-million renewable energy scholarship, tenable at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech).

“The PCJ is very pleased to award this scholarship to Mr Dennis as he furthers his academic pursuits. We wish him every success and we hope he will use the knowledge gained through his studies to contribute to his country's development,” said PCJ Chairman Russell Hadeed.

The scholarship will be disbursed in tranches over two years, and will cover the cost of Dennis's tuition for the duration of his postgraduate studies.

“I am sincerely thankful to be awarded the PCJ renewable energy scholarship. Through this award, I am now able to complete my master of science degree in renewable energy engineering, which will not only fuel my personal development, but also equip me with the requisite knowledge and skill set to contribute to Jamaica's renewable industry,” the former Glenmuir High student said, after being announced the winner at a luncheon at PCJ Auditorium in Kingston on January 24.

Dennis is no stranger to academic prowess, having earned 10 grade ones in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations and 10 distinctions in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations. After graduating from Glenmuir, he attended UTech on the Glencore Scholarship and completed a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, earning first-class honours after making the honour roll of the Faculty of Engineering over the four years of the undergraduate programme.

Beyond academia, Dennis also boasts achievements in extra-curricular activities. He served as vice-president and director of communications for the Engineering Students' Council and captain of the School of Engineering's cricket team. He is also a member of the university's Rotaract club.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley, while delivering the keynote address at the luncheon, extended congratulations to Dennis.

“I know that he will use the opportunity to make a solid contribution to Jamaica's energy sector in the future,” the minister said.

Wheatley also emphasised the importance of renewable energy to achieve Jamaica's energy security, and praised both PCJ and UTech for “conceptualising and implementing the PCJ renewable energy scholarship, and I am looking forward to reaping the fruits coming out of this symbiotic relationship”.

The renewable energy scholarship will be awarded each year to a postgraduate student who wishes to pursue studies in the master's in renewable energy engineering at UTech.




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