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WINDALCO invests $8m in central Jamaica back-to-school programme

Friday, September 21, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO) says it has invested J$8 million in a back to school programme benefitting students in St Catherine, Manchester, St Ann, Clarendon and St Elizabeth.

As part of the programme, 41 students attending tertiary institutions received scholarships and grants to assist with tuition costs. Of that number, 21 were repeat applicants.

The company, in a release, said it also awarded seven students who were successful in the recent sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) with full one-year scholarships. The awardees were required to write an essay outlining the importance of railway safety tips as part of WINDALCO's ongoing Facts for the Tracks Public Education Campaign.

Speaking at the official hand-over ceremony at the Ewarton Works Sports Club in St Catherine today, WINDALCO's Human Resources Director Glendon Johnson charged the students to make good on the company's “investment.”

“Education is the greatest and most powerful vehicle through which one can improve themselves as independent human beings. The company believes by assisting students, we are investing in the future of Jamaica,” he said.

He added that he hopes the company will prosper that it can continue to assist students.

In addition to the assistance granted to tertiary and first-year high school students, several students residing in communities within WINDALCO's operational areas also received grants to purchase textbooks and other back-to-school supplies.

Students are eligible for future financial assistance from the company once they maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Sherifa Cohen, a four-time recipient and final year Civil Engineering student at the University of Technology, encouraged the students to do well.

“Knowledge gives us the power to dream of a better future and the confidence needed to pursue a full education which will help generations to come. When companies like WINDALCO invest in us, it is that single opportunity that elevates many of us from mediocrity to greatness. This gives us the impetus to reach for something greater,” she said.

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