Project Manager of the MoBay City Run Scholarship Fund organizing committee, Ashley Anguin ( fourth left), with students ( from left) Selcia Johnson, Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College; Shanique Corbett, University of Technology – Western Campus; Rayon Fray, University of the West Indies – Western Jamaica Campus; Roma Rajwani Mt. Alvernia High School; and Rushell Samuels Montego Bay Community College. The students collected cheques on behalf of their schools at the MoBay City Run Scholarship presentation, which was held at Sandals Montego Bay in St. James on Wednesday (September 19).
Four tertiary institutions, one secondary school and students in Montego Bay, St. James, have been offered scholarships and donations amounting to $4.5 million, through the Montego Bay City Run Scholarship Fund.
A sum of $1.3 million has been disbursed to the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus; $700,000 to the Montego Bay Community College; $700,000 to the University of Technology, Western Campus, and $200,000 to Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College.
Mt. Alvernia High School has received $500,000, which will go towards the school’s building fund. The remaining $1.1 million has been given as scholarships to individual students attending high schools.
Chairman of the organising committee, Janet Silvera, said she is happy that the organisation can contribute to education in western Jamaica.
Ms. Silvera said the organisation’s Adopt a Student Programme, “which encourages persons to ‘adopt’ students by purchasing their school supplies, uniforms and school books, was gaining momentum in the diaspora, as persons from overseas have donated to several students from secondary and tertiary schools on the island.”
The scholarship presentations were made on Wednesday (September 19) during a special ceremony held at the Sandals Montego Bay Resort in St. James.
The MoBay City Run is a 10k/5k Run/Walk event, which is held in May each year. Since its inception in 2013, $15 million in scholarships have been donated to needy students.
About The Mobay City Run Scholarship Fund
Students in Western Jamaica pursuing tertiary education can look forward to financial assistance towards their studies. This news comes with the announcement of the MoBay City Run, a new charity road race event staged with the aim to create a fund that will provide a mechanism via which the students can seek assistance towards the financing of their education.
The fund will provide assistance for students attending UWI and UTECH Western Campuses, Sam Sharpe Teachers College and Montego Bay Community College.
“More than 25% of students enrolled in these tertiary institutions are unable to cover their fees in any given semester,” said Janet Silvera, Chairman for the MoBay City Run Organizing Committee. “Since the estimated number of students in our four institutions is approximately 5,000, we are looking at over 1,000 students in these four Montego Bay tertiary institutions each semester who are struggling to pay fees and risk being de-registered or unable to complete their examinations.”