$1.2 million in scholarships, grants for students of Porus

$1.2 million in scholarships, grants for students of Porus

Observer staff reporter

Monday, April 08, 2019

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PORUS, Manchester — Nineteen past students from primary schools in Porus and its environs, who are currently in high school, were last month the beneficiaries of educational support in the form of scholarships and grants from the Porus Past Students' Association.

It was one of the major projects for the newly formed organisation, and it was spearheaded by member George Tulloch, who resides in New York.

Beverly Tulloch-Danvers, co-ordinator of the function and retired educator, told the Jamaica Observer Central that the recipients received a total of $1.2 million and some were successful in getting “one-off” grants, while others received scholarships running for three to five years.

Need, academic performance, and location were used as criteria for selection.

Tulloch-Danvers said each student will have a mentor from the past students' association to ensure that they are maintaining the requirements of the scholarships. Those who received grants have an opportunity to reapply next year.

The funding was sent to the respective schools and are to be used to take care of varied educational expenses for the students.

The Porus Past Students' Association members say they have done other projects, including the construction of an egg farm at Porus Primary, which will be operated by students to supplement nutrition at the school.

There is also a maths initiative that has been started at the school.

The sports and music programmes at Porus High are said to be receiving assistance, and leadership training for both students and staff is in progress.

Tulloch-Danvers said that a leadership training workshop and a mathematics competition is slated to be held in July for the scholarship and grant recipients.

Juliet Halcome, guest speaker at the recent awards ceremony, told the students that the recognition was the beginning of greater triumphs in future.

She said that a positive attitude, self-belief, enjoying the journey, goal-setting and finding friends who are a source of encouragement are important.

Halcome charged parents to continue to play their part ensuring that their children achieve success.

“Children are our future. To brighten your children's future, you need to give them all the support they need,” she said.

Halcome, who is a senior teacher at Porus Primary where the function was held, said in addition to academics they need to be responsible citizens.

She cited the personal qualities of leadership, teamwork, determination, flexibility, respect, and consideration as ways to get there.

Anthonique Fredericks, in her response on behalf of the recipients, promised to not let down the benefactors, and wished for the association to “grow from strength to strength” in order that others can benefit.

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