GraceKennedy awards scholarships

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GraceKennedy awards $17.5 m in scholarships

GraceKennedy awards one of the largest scholarship program offers locally! Former head boy of Charlemont High School in St Catherine Avaughn Prendergast has won the GraceKennedy/Jamaica Scholarship for 2016, while Stephan Pitterson, formerly of Campion College, has copped the Douglas Orane award.

Both Prendergast and Pitterson are students of The University of the West Indies (UWI) where the former is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in actuarial science, while the former is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in bio chemistry and are first time winners of the GraceKennedy awards scholarship programme.

Prendergast obtained nine grade ones in the recent CSEC examinations and completed 12 units of CAPE with 11 grade ones and one grade two. He is passionate about maths and represented Jamaica at the Math Olympiad in Nicaragua earlier this year. Pitterson, meanwhile, has eight CSEC subjects, with seven grade ones and one grade two. He has eight units of CAPE, including seven grade ones and one grade two.

The two are among over 75 students who were presented with the GraceKennedy awards scholarships and bursaries at GraceKennedy Foundation’s inaugural Scholars Awards Ceremony on October 20. Seven scholarships were presented to first-time recipients, while existing scholars who maintained at least a ‘B’ average, had their awards renewed. The entire package totalled $17.5 million.

About the GraceKennedy awards

Please note that ALL GraceKennedy awards are in the form of scholarships that officially open from May 1 to July 15 each year. ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED

For further information please contact: mailto:[email protected] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Telephone: (876) 932-3181/3541/3350

The GraceKennedy Foundation offers seven scholarships: The GraceKennedy/Jamaica Scholarship, tenable at The University of the West Indies: Available to students who are currently completing CAPE 2 examinations and will be attending the University of the West Indies. (students studying Medicine or Law do not qualify). For additionally information, please read their Terms and Conditions.


The GraceKennedy Foundation offers funding for grants, scholarships and bursaries.   Each has specific guidelines that must be adhered to if your application is to be considered.

All candidates applying for grants, scholarships and bursaries should read carefully the application criteria, eligibility requirements, and deadline. It is important to read the terms and conditions for the scholarship prior to filling out the form.


The Foundation began with an initial grant of $500,000 provided by its parent company, and with Sir Herbert Duffus as its Chairman. The first few years were formative in nature. The early months were spent in developing policy guidelines and identifying areas. For the first three years, the Foundation focused on three specific areas of interest. These were: community service, education and Jamaica’s heritage. Initially, the Foundation responded to requests received, rather than attempting to initiate activities.

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