PWC awards two scholarships
WINNING the 2013 male PriceWaterhouseCoopers' (PWC) full scholarship has been a blessing for 21-year-old Chenaught Bryce.
Bryce, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in management studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI), said when he was interviewed for the scholarship, he underestimated himself, believing the other students were more qualified for the $240,000 grant the auditing firm had to offer.
The student, who holds a 3.5 GPA, was presented with the scholsrship on November 29.
"Honestly, I did not expect it because of the other candidates I was competing against. I thought they were better than I was academically," Bryce told Career & Education.
A past student of Kingston College, he intends on graduating from UWI in 2014 to launch his career as a tax auditor.
"I want to become a tax auditor because I am interested in Jamaica's tax system. Also, I want to make a significant contribution to my nation by improving our tax system and making it better," he said.
Jodian Fearon, 22, from the rural district of Copper Wood, Clarendon, and a University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) student, is the PWC female full-scholarship recipient.
Fearon, like Bryce, was elated when she heard her school fee, in its entirety, would be paid this academic year.
"It's like a dream come true. For my short-term goal, this is what I wanted," Fearon, who is in her final year pursuing a bachelor of business degree, said after she collected her $180,000 cheque.
"I never expected this because the persons I went up against, I knew they had higher GPAs," Fearon added.
She has a GPA of 3.49.
Paying her tuition cost, she said, had been a major struggle for her. Now that demand of her and her family has been satisfied.
After graduating, both Fearon, who wants to be an accountant, and Bryce, will become interns at PWC.
Annually, the company collaborates with UWI and UTech to select one outstanding male and female final year student for full scholarships and internships.
Chenaught Bryce (right) accepts his scholarship cheque from Colin Maxwell, territory senior partner, PWC.