Career & Education

Sagicor staff funds, awards educational grants

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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The financial burden of school expenses has been eased for three high school students following their receipt of educational grants contributed by the staff of Sagicor Group Jamaica.

The awards were made to Melissa Williams, Ashley Morgan, and Joseph McLeod, who received $100,000, $150,000 and $200,000 respectively. The girls, both 17, are sixth formers at Immaculate Conception High School in St Andrew, while McLeod, 16, is a fifth former at Petersfield High School in Westmoreland.

The three were nominated based on need.

In the case of McLeod, who wants to become an executive chef, his simple wish was to have new khakis and books for school. But both his parents are currently unemployed, so all his school-related needs haven't been covered and the youngster feared he would have only been able to sit the four external exams financed by the Government and its partners. Now, he says, he will be able to sit the seven which will qualify him for tertiary studies.

“I am so grateful and thankful to Sagicor for this help. Because of Sagicor I can now go to sixth form and further my education,” he said.

In Morgan's case, her family encountered misfortune earlier this year when a fire razed their home. Needless to say, some of her back-to-school requirements were put on hold. The Sagicor grant, she said, will allow her to pay outstanding school fees and cover her exam costs.

Her mom, Christine McPherson, said words cannot express how excited and grateful the family is for the assistance.

“The money will come in very handy and will help us tremendously in covering Ashley's school expenses,” she said.

The story is similar for Williams, who wants to become a computer scientist. The grant, she said, will purchase outstanding school supplies for the academic year which her parents, both minimum wage earners, were not able to afford.

The insurance giant made the presentation at its weekend retreat at the Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Resort in Montego Bay from October 5-8.

In August, Sagicor Foundation, the charitable arm of the group, disbursed millions in scholarships to 68 students from the GSAT to tertiary level. There are over 200 students currently in the foundation's scholarship programme.

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