Ambassador Marks pointed out that the scholarship awards have served to promote academic excellence and facilitate the development of well-rounded young men. “These goals complement the efforts of the Government, diaspora and civil society to ensure that our young male students are not left behind,” she said. She added that such initiatives are critical in light of statistics indicating that young men aged 13-25 are the main victims and perpetrators of crime.
“I cannot praise you enough, members of the diaspora who have been supportive of this and other charitable initiatives over the years, which have supported the efforts of the Government in providing invaluable assistance in the areas of health and education,” the Ambassador added.
Chairman of the David ‘Wagga’ Hunt scholarship committee, Christopher Hunt, said the scholarship fund was established to preserve the legacy of his brother, who passed away in October 2007. Seventeen students have benefited from awards over the eight years to cover tuition, books and other expenses. Six students received scholarships for 2016/17; three each from Calabar High and Kingston College. Each scholarship is valued at US$1,000 and covers the students from grade eight through to sixth from. The recipients must display commendable academic performance, be involved in sports and other extracurricular activities, and deemed in need of financial assistance.
Source: Jamaica Information Service