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Youth told to make use of scholarships available through PNPYO

Friday, September 14, 2018

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PEOPLE'S National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) president Krystal Tomlinson is inviting young people to apply for scholarships from the organisation.

Tomlinson, during an interview with the Jamaica Observer, said one of the things she ensured she did as PNPYO president was to open the scholarship programme so youth from all walks of life could have access to education.

“For decades youth have been rubbing shoulders with politicians. What have you gotten out of the politics that you can pass directly down to youth to change their lives? We must educate them and give them a skill set they can move into the economy with. Unless you're doing that, why are you here? It's that kind of perspective on leadership and youth engagement I want to encourage,” she said.

“I'm sure I'm not the only young person who thinks this way, but you have to build it and act on it. If you realise joining the PNPYO doesn't mean you get a free pass to go to Harvard, but it does mean you and your brother, sister, cousins can apply for 40 scholarships to get a university degree, I believe we get stronger, more sensible participants in the process versus persons looking for handouts and patronage from MPs and politicians.”

Tomlinson explained that the first phase of the scholarship was specific to the PNPYO members, but the second phase, which is now open, is meant for all young people regardless of their politics or whether they want to go on the voter's list.

“All we're saying is do you need an education and is this one of the fields you're interested in?” she said.

The scholarships are open to those studying business administration with project management, engineering, community development and education with a focus on the primary level.

“We selected degree programmes that were accredited and could serve a larger developmental agenda. There are niche spaces in which we need people trained,” she said.

Tomlinson also encouraged young people to go after their dreams and urge older folks to cease telling the youth to slow down.

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