The National Irrigation Commission (NIC) has awarded $1 million in scholarships to students of staff members attending various academic institutions as part of their 2017/2018 Scholarship Awards Programme.
The students were awarded at the Emerald Hall Pollyanna Caterers and Banqueters, in Kingston, on Tuesday (March 27). Since 1998, the National Irrigation Commission scholarship programme has been assisting children of staff members and is part of the agency’s outreach activities.
Chief Executive Officer, National Irrigation Commission, Joseph Gyles, said he is elated to see the scholarship programme grow from awarding four (4) students in 1998 to eight (8) on Tuesday.
“It is our firm belief that education is the pillar on which Jamaica’s medium and long-term objective of obtaining economic growth resides. Initially, the scholarships were awarded to the students from the secondary level, but now we have added the tertiary level,” Mr. Gyles said.
“It is a sense of pride for me to know that we can assist our country’s youth,” he added.
Raymond Austin Jr., Jamier Ferguson, Sherice Hylton, Abigail Pollack and D’Amour Walker were awarded with secondary level National Irrigation Commission scholarships valued at $100,000.00 each, while Josan Munroe, Martina Taylor and Kenyata Thomas were awarded with tertiary-level scholarships valued at $150,000.00 each.
In an interview with JIS News, Josan, a student at the University of Technology, said she is elated to have been chosen for the scholarship.
“I feel happy. I am thankful. I worked hard for it and I will continue to do my best to make the National Irrigation Commission and my parents proud of me,” she said. Miss Taylor was equally elated about receiving a scholarship. “I feel proud and I am thankful,” she said.
The awardees were chosen by a selection committee comprising both internal and external members of NIC’s management, unionized staff delegates, the unions representing the workers and an educator.
Source: Jamaica Information Service