TWENTY-FOUR students who sat the recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) have been awarded scholarships totalling approximately $360,000 from the HEART Trust/NTA.
The Trust also awarded seven tertiary students scholarships each valued at $80,000.
The awardees are all children of employees of the Trust.
The ceremony was held at Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston on October 10.
Julie-Ann Anderson (Wolmer's) and Kwesi Mendes (Herbert Morrison Technical High) scored the highest average from the pool of GSAT students, and were specially awarded with the Top Girl and Top Boy trophies by the Trust.
For mathematics, Anderson scored 100 per cent; 95 per cent in science; 97 per cent in language arts; 98 per cent in social studies; and 100 per cent in communication task.
Mendes scored 96 in mathematics; 98 in social studies; 90 in language arts; 91 in science; 98 in social studies and 100 in communication task.
"I feel very proud and elated that I have been selected the top girl of the HEART Trust/NTA awards," Anderson, who wants to be a criminal lawyer said.
Mendes, for his part, said he felt "exceptionally good".
"I know that I can do my best to be a good steward of this very fine country," the 11-year-old, who hopes to become a pilot, said.
Dr Wayne Wesley, executive director, HEART Trust, said offering scholarships to children of staff members is one of the ways in which the national training institution gives back to its staff.
"This is part of our human resource strategy in terms of recognising our employees. While we can't increase their salaries, we are actually finding other ways to show them our appreciation for the services they have given to the HEART Trust/NTA," he said.
-- Ainsworth Morris