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Third J'can to pursue graduate studies in Korea on EWP/JPS scholarship

Thursday, March 27, 2014    

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TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD Rocque Ferguson has become the third recipient of the EWP/JPS Foundation post-graduate scholarship that will allow her to pursue a master's degree in South Korea.

Ferguson joins Gavin Myers and Leon Samms, who are both pursuing master's degrees at Yeungnam University.

A community mobiliser with the Ministry of National Security's Citizen Security and Justice Programme and a resident of August Town in St Andrew, Ferguson will begin reading for her two-year global master's in public administration at the Seoul National University in August. The programme is designed to train globally smart leaders in developing countries to take the lead in economic and social development.

The scholarship was offered as part of EWP's continued support for access to advanced education and aligns with the JPS Foundation's focus on developing the capacities of youth leaders.

Ferguson, who holds a bachelor's degree in computing, said the scholarship will further enhance her capabilities in the areas of research methods, community development theories and violence prevention.

"Winning this scholarship means everything to me. I prayed a lot for this opportunity and I am grateful to the JPS Foundation and EWP for selecting me from so many others to represent them and the country as I undertake this programme," she said.

"I want to pursue this master's in public administration in Korea because I want to understand the process that has helped Korea transition from being a poor country to now becoming a developed country, and apply that to Jamaica. This opportunity is invaluable and makes me more committed to lead change as a public servant," she added.

Nathelie Taylor, manager of JPS Foundation, said that there was overwhelming response to the scholarship offer but that the selection panel was "particularly impressed by Rocque's intimate understanding of and deep commitment to public service and her involvement in the area of community and national development".

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