Energy company hands out 16 scholarships valued at $16 million

Friday, November 16, 2018

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NEW Fortress Energy (NFE) recently announced that 14 students at The University of the West Indies, Mona, have been awarded with scholarships to the tune of $16 million.

Among the recipients are recent graduates Rickel Williams, who completed her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Gary McDonald, who received his Bachelor of Laws degree with first-class honours and is now enrolled at the Norman Manley Law School, specialising in environmental law.

In expressing his appreciation to the energy company, Rickel Williams, said: “I cannot thank New Fortress Energy (NFE) enough for selecting me as one of their first scholarship recipients. Final year was particularly challenging for me, so this scholarship no doubt helped me focus more on my studies and less on my financial situation. I can safely say that today I'm a proud graduate, thanks to the support from New Fortress Energy.”

Echoing similar sentiments, Gary McDonald, said: “Through the help of New Fortress Energy I was able to complete the first leg of my studies and receive my LLB with first-class honours. I'm very grateful to have been selected to receive this well-needed scholarship, and I would like to express my gratitude to Mr Wes Edens and the company for believing in me.”

Meanwhile, Verona Carter, VP, public affairs for New Fortress Energy, commended the students on their graduation. “Congratulations to Rickel and Gary on this remarkable achievement. You've made your families, your school and us at NFE very proud,” she said.

“For us at New Fortress Energy, we are delighted to be partnering with the university to help these students, who are all brilliant top performers, reach their full potential. Fuelled by the vision of our chairman and founder, Wes Edens, we are committed to supporting education and helping to develop the next generation of innovators in Jamaica that will build a sustainable energy sector and competitive economy,” said Carter.

Other recipients of the New Fortress Energy Tertiary Scholarship Programme included: D'Angelo Campbell, Donoi Hartley, Jachin Mullings, Javes Johnson, Jordon Hayles, Shane Okukenu, and Zachary Watson from the Faculty of Engineering; Alexa Williams, Shaneil Parsons and Tahir Thompson from The Faculty of Law; Crystal Duncombe from the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Nakeem McNally from the Faculty of Science and Technology. Each student will receive $325,000 per academic year and will continue receiving this funding through their tenure at the University, once they've demonstrated a high level of academic performance.

Speaking on behalf of the university, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at The UWI, Mona, Dr Paul Aiken, said: “the Faculty of Engineering and by extension, the university continue to enjoy a great partnership and synergy with New Fortress Energy for the past three years and we're delighted to see that this relationship is once again bearing fruit for our students through well-needed financial support. We applaud New Fortress Energy for staying true to their commitment of supporting education at all levels in Jamaica, and for securing a sustainable future for a new LNG sector through these brilliant young minds.”

The New Fortress Energy scholarships is just one in a number of commitments the company has made to The UWI through their recent partnership. They are also providing affordable and environmentally friendly LNG and leading the expansion of the institution's cogeneration plant, an undertaking that will reduce costs for the Mona campus more than $300 million annually, as well as make it a more environmentally friendly campus by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 16 per cent.

New Fortress Energy has also committed to providing grants to staff of The UWI and assist in the training of more than 100 electrical power engineering students. The number of students is expected to increase to over 300 in the next two years, with the Government of Jamaica and the university's goal to dramatically increase the total number of graduating engineers to over 1,000 per year. This will strengthen and build further competence and capacity, ensuring the preparation of a next generation workforce for the LNG industries in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean and North America. Additionally, members of the university's academic staff will benefit from new research programmes in cryogenics (the study of the production and behaviour of materials at very low temperatures).

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