Prayers answered with scholarship - 13 bursaries awarded at Digicel-STAR Jus' Skool
Michelle Whyte went down on her knees early Saturday morning, sending prayers to God in heaven. Her mind was on one of 13 scholarships valued at $15,000 each which were to be awarded by THE STAR at THE Digicel-STAR Jus' Skool back-to-school treat at the St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston.
Abraham Whyte, 10, will start Grade 5 at Golden Spring Primary School in September. "I am really excited. This scholarship is going to help him now to get all the books for Grade 5 because the list was so long," the mother said.
Abraham is the eldest of three sons for the Whytes. The others are Joshua, nine, and Dorian, four. They are from Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew
Whyte read about the event in her favourite newspaper. Students were required to fill out an application form which was printed in THE STAR newspaper and enter for a chance to be selected. "We were praying that we would get one of these scholarships because it would really help us, and God has answered our prayers," she said.
Terry-Ann Wilson, assistant manager, Business Development and Marketing at The Gleaner, said the event was to help those who needed it most.
"The involvement of The Star team was about giving back to the community at one of its most vulnerable points, the back-to-school period. Our partnership with Digicel on this gave them very necessary help during this period. We hope that the recipients of the 13 scholarships from The Star will also recognise the importance of the opportunity they have to excel and make a valuable contribution to the community," she said.
Whyte lauded THE STAR and Digicel for the partnership. "It is really good because they show interest in education ... And a lot of people read The STAR. My husband is a lover of THE STAR and when he reads he tells me the stories, and I am encouraged to read what he reads as well," she said.
The scholarship winners are:
Abraham Whyte - Golden Spring Primary
Navaughn Davis Williams - Labrinth Basic School
Ianay Williams - Harbour View Primary
Nicholas Simpson - Drews Avenue Primary
Malik Dacres - Oberlin High
Jahiem Mills - Kingston High
Jonathan Sinclair - Windward Road Primary
Kemar Forbes - Victory Academy
Dwayne John - Holy Family Primary
Khalil Foster - Dupont Primary
Shantae Phillips - Yallahs High
Nashai Dorma - University of Technology
Kavia Williams - Allman Town Primary