100 youths to get JWN Foundation scholarships
Buoyed by the prospects of an educational grant, additional persons in communities surrounding its Spanish Town Road operations are grasping at the opportunity for increased scholarships being offered by the JWN Foundation.
Scholarships were quadrupled to 100 this year, from 25 in 2016, and school and church officials within eligible Corporate Area areas said the response has been swift since the 2017 J. Wray & Nephew (JWN) Foundation Scholarship Awards application was opened last week,Wednesday, July 13.
"More people want to apply and based on how it's being done this time, with the application forms and more scholarships, more people are hopeful," said Sangienna Reid-Briscoe, principal, Seaview Gardens Primary, which is one of the feeder schools for the grants available for high- and tertiary- level students.
Reid-Briscoe added: "Most persons are exhilarated that they can apply for the scholarship, most of them are very grateful, especially those who are most needy. Some have expressed that without the scholarship they would've had great difficulty going through school."
alleviate that burden
Other eligible applicants will be drawn from areas within JWN's operations, such as Olympic Way, Riverton Meadows, Majesty Gardens and Waterhouse at Spanish Town Road; Gimme-Mi-Bit, Race Course, Water Lane and Vernamfield, which surround the New Yarmouth plant in Clarendon; plus Holland and Siloah that surround its Appleton Estate business in St Elizabeth.
Reverend Winston Jackson, who ministers at the Penwood Church of Christ in Waterhouse, one of the centres where application forms can be picked up and dropped off, noted that there is a wide cross section of applicants.
"We had some who were church members, single parents who are unemplpoyed, some who are employed but have a number of kids dealing with, so it (scholarship) would help to alleviate that burden and we had one father," observed Jackson.
"Most of them are single mothers, one parent has a child just about going into tertiary institution and other children in high school," he said.
" ... They were happy that Wray and Nephew is giving back to the community," said Jackson. "They were excited about it for the most part and expectant."
In making the scholarship announcement, Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence, chairman, JWN and JWN Foundation, noted the company's direction.
"This year's programme will form part of a wider five-year plan, to end in 2021 to ensure a longer term view is taken on the activities of the JWN Foundation," he said. "Our 2017 commitment is $6m in community scholarships.