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Fulbright scholars feted

Sunday, July 29, 2012

THE six postgraduate scholarship recipients for the 2012 Fulbright Scholarship Programme were two Fridays ago feted by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Kingston.

They were:

* Dr George Leveridge, clinical director/consultant psychiatrist with the Medical Services Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force;

* Noriel Jacobs-Gray, lecturer/programme co-ordinator for hospitality and tourism management at Nothern Caribbean University;

* Sherona Simpson, assistant lecturer in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Technology;

* Judith Williams, lecturer/programme co-ordinator in the Faculty of Science and Technology at The Mico University College;

* Tashna Silburn, research fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank; and

* Marlon Downer, portfolio officer at NCB Insurance.

The fete took place in the multi-purpose room of the embassy.

Leveridge, who will be attend Johns Hopkins University where she will pursue studies in public health policy management, was the first of the scholars to offer his gratitude for the opportunity the programme offers him.

"My interest is in public health and policy. From my studies there, I want to return and help curve how the police interact with citizens. I hope to be an advisor also," said the public servant, who will take his place as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow next month, said.

Jacobs-Gray, who was awarded a Fulbright/LASPAU Scholarship, will attend Oklahoma State University where she will pursue studies in human and environmental science with a focus on tourism administration.

"I hope to successfully complete my PhD and emerse myself in the culture and environs of the university and return to Jamaica and contribute by mitigating the negative impacts we have on tourism," she told Career & Education.

Simpson and Williams were the other two individuals awarded Fulbright/LASPAU Scholarships. Simpson will be attend Colorado State University to pursue a master's degree in construction management, while Williams will attend the University of Georgia to read for a master's degree in plant protection and pest management.

Downer and Silburn were awarded scholarships as Fulbright Graduate Students. Downer will pursue a master's degree in computational finance, while Silburn will pursue a master's in public policy.

In addition to being feted, the scholars, who were all expected to depart on different days over the next two to three weeks, got the chance to talk with previous beneficiaries of the programme.

Annually, the US Embassy in Kingston selects qualified Jamaican nationals seeking financing for graduate-level studies in the US. Under the Fulbright Scholarship Programme, the studies of those students who qualify, are funded by the United States of America with a restriction on their migration to the country up to three years after their course of study is completed.

Fulbright cap:

US Ambassador to Jamaica Pamela Bridgewater (centre) with Fulbright scholars (from left) Sherona Simpson, Noriel Jacobs-Gray, Dr George Leveridge, Marlon Downer, Tashna Silburn, and Judith Williams. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

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