Jamalco awards scholarships to Clarendon students

August 16, 2017
Jamalco scholarship recipients gather for a photo after the ceremony.

Last Friday, Jamalco held their Community Scholarship Awards at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, where they awarded 53 students to the tune of $6.8 million.

Humorous guest speaker Michael Maragh told the scholars not to give up but to pursue their dreams no matter what.

"I understand difficulty. It's not where you coming from, is where you gwine guh. It's not the house you live in right now, it's where you are planning to go," he said.

Reminding them that they don't have to be the brightest to make it, he said he left high school with only one 'deggeh deggeh' subject and had the audacity to turn up at College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), now UTech, to attend.

After hearing he needed four subjects, he said it was a turning point in his life as he left with the resolve he would get it.

"It never say you haffi pass four one time. So I took one CXC the following year, a do one more and when me get the required four straight back to CAST," he said to much laughter.

 

STAY FOCUSED

 

Maragh also told the students to ignore negative voices and stay focused on what they want.

With many being engrossed in social media, Maragh advised them to put aside Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

"It nah happen, put aside all the distractions. Put aside friends who not going anywhere," he said.

Donna-Marie Brooks Gordon, manager of corporate services department at Jamalco, told the recipients to keep their GPA over 3.0, and reminded the secondary students to ensure their grades don't fall below a B-plus.

"Don't let shortcomings deter you from becoming successful, make the best of each opportunity. We expect to see each one of your faces next year, if not graduating. I, as a college graduate, am trying to push you to do your very best. I have been there before so I know. My grandma used to say 'half a bread betta dan none', so this scholarship may not pay all your fees, but it helps," she said.

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