Thirty students at the high school and tertiary levels across the island who are in need have benefited from scholarships valued at $2 million.
The scholarships were facilitated through the Save our Boys and Girls Foundation, of which the prime minister’s wife, Juliet Holness, is a patron. They were also awarded in collaboration with the Juliet Holness Foundation.
Holness, along with sponsors, made the presentations to students during a ceremony at Jamaica House on Thursday, September 12.
She said the beneficiaries were chosen based on their need and how well they have been performing in school.
“Persons have been awarded different amounts based on what their school fees are, and if we are still in a position [to] raise more private funding, we will do so,” she said.
Holness told the youngsters to strive to be the best human beings they can be, adding that they should always strive to help other students.
Responding on behalf of the recipients, a medical school student, Gaviel Gordon, said many of the awardees, including herself, are from underprivileged homes and are grateful for the financial assistance.
“Being a doctor has always been my dream… I almost didn’t get through to med school. Mrs Holness, I am living my dream because of you; many of us are living our dreams because of you,” she said. “We will work extremely hard to excel in school [and], just as you have helped others, we [will] give back to make Jamaica a better place.”
The Save our Boys and Girls Foundation provides assistance in any area involving the youth, especially those who are disenfranchised.
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