Sagicor Foundation awards 68 scholarships

August 25, 2017
The 2017 Sagicor scholars take a picture with dignitaries including Floyd Green, (first row, sixth left), state minister in the Ministry of Education, and Damion Crawford (first row, fourth left), keynote speaker at the Sagicor Foundation Scholarship Awards ceremony.

Sagicor Foundation awarded 68 scholarships to exceptional GSAT (37) and tertiary (31) awardees during its annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony yesterday.

Top students from across the island were selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants and were honoured at the event, which took place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

The GSAT scholarships were awarded to children of various Sagicor stakeholders who excelled in the test to move on to pursue their secondary education at high schools across the island.

The scholars include children of clients, team members, and service members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). Scholarships are also being awarded to the 2017 Champion boy and girl from the Jamaica Teachers' Association-Sagicor National Athletics Championship.

Commencing this year, Sagicor Foundation started a scholarship fund for children of JDF service members, with 14 children of JDF service members benefiting from educational grants valued at $40,000 each for one academic year.

The remaining 23 GSAT awardees' scholarships are valued at $50,000 each for five years, renewed annually. GSAT scholars were selected based on their strong academic merit and performance.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

 

For the tertiary scholarships, 31 scholars were selected based on academic performance, as well as community involvement, volunteerism, strong leadership potential, and financial need.

The tertiary scholars will be attending some of Jamaica's top institutions: the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology Jamaica, the Mico University College, the Caribbean Maritime Institute, Northern Caribbean University, the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Tertiary scholarships are valued up to $250,000 annually and are renewed for each academic year.

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