MANDEVILLE, Manchester — High School first-formers Davon Brown and Regina Williamson are the first recipients of scholarships worth $30,000 each from the non-governmental organisation Projects Abroad Jamaica.
The money provided through Project Abroad's newly established Scholarship and Education Fund covers auxiliary fees, textbooks and other school supplies.
Brown — affectionately called 'Messi' because of his football skills — formerly of Villa Road Primary and Junior High -- is now at Manchester High while Williamson, formerly of McIntosh Memorial Primary, is at DeCarteret College.
"We believe in helping where help is needed, whether it is needed by an individual, an organisation or an entire community. We respond to the needs as effectively as we can with our abilities and our resources," said Projects Abroad Jamaica Country Director Dr Bridgette Barrett.
Brown and Williamson were chosen after being assessed on the basis of their need for financial assistance, GSAT (Grade Six Achievement Test) results, academic performance over the past three years and their conduct.
Barrett said reports on the conduct of the scholarship recipients were particularly impressive.
"When I read the reports coming from the teachers it was very, very heart-warming to see how they mentioned the conduct of Davon and Regina. They were polite, very respectful; they participated in school activities...," she said.
Mile Gully High School students Tevin Dwyer, Shaneice Walters and Jody-Ann Newman received bursaries of $10,000 each.
With the help of volunteers from more than 30 countries, Projects Abroad Jamaica does projects mainly in Manchester, St Elizabeth and St James focusing on education, health care, disaster management, communication and building construction.
Villa Road Primary and Junior High, McIntosh Memorial Primary, and Mile Gully High are among the educational institutions which have benefited.