Joy Spence Scholarship saves day for Rickardo Anderson
Rickardo Anderson had toyed with the idea of taking a year off from university.
The Glenmuir High School past student, who is studying medical physics at the University of the West Indies, Mona, said that he had no idea how he would have paid his way through school.
However, his mind has been put at ease after he was as a first-time recipient of the newly introduced J. Wray & Nephew (JWN) Foundation Joy Spence Scholarship Award.
"I feel really honoured to be selected as a successful participant," said Anderson, who will receive $450,000 per year towards his tuition.
The grant, in recognition of the global wines and spirits industry's first female master blender, numbers among the JWN Foundation's annual disbursements to students living in communities within its business environs Spanish Town Road in Kingston; New Yarmouth in Clarendon; and Appleton Estate in the Siloah Valley of St Elizabeth.
"When I heard it was like my heart melted. I wasn't really expecting it or expecting a call that soon either, so I was really happy. It's actually my first time doing a scholarship interview, or even applying for a scholarship," he said, noting his parents aren't working, and the main support he gets is from a few family members and friends.
"When I went home and told my mom that I got the scholarship she just got up out of the bed and came and hugged me. I feel so good because I'm making them proud," said Anderson. "When I told my father it was a whole heap of big ups and thing."
Anderson said that he wanted to become a medical doctor but had to choose a parallel area of study due to his financial situation.
He said the educational pursuit also represents a quantum leap for his family.
"I'm basically the only one from both sides of my family to actually reach this far in this level of education, and to actually get a scholarship as well," he said.