Shelly-Ann follows fashion designing dreams

September 11, 2019
Shelly-ann Rose wants to be a fashion designer.
Shelly-ann Rose wants to be a fashion designer.

What a difference a year makes! Last July, Shelly-Ann Rose, who hails from the community of Rose Hall in Clarendon, yearned for the opportunity to pursue her dream of being a fashion designer.

With limited finances, it appeared to have been a pipe dream. However, following the pblication of her story in The Gleaner on July 8, 2018, her fortunes changed.

Claudene Perkins, administrative assistant to Dr Rohan Lewis, former dean of the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies at the University of Technology, saw the article in the newspaper and showed it to her boss. And Lewis, having read it, thought she would be a good candidate for a scholarship.

Lewis facilitated an application for Rose to be considered under the FHI 360 programme. The Rose Hall resident got a scholarship to pursue an associate degree at the University of Technology and NCTVET Level 4 certification at HEART Trust/NTA College of Beauty Services.

Her programe of study is image consulting and fashion styling, which is a joint offering by both instiutions.

"When you keep the faith and trust God, wonderful things will happen. I never gave up hope that something beautiful would happen ... and it did. I am now looking forward to making the most of this golden opportunity," said Rose, a Foga Road High School past student.

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