New Era Homes 2000 Scholarships
The new Era Homes 2000 Scholarships will be offered again this year. Unlike last year, we courage you to apply early this year. The following article depicts last year’s scholarship awardees. This year, with our help you will be a 2016 New Era Homes 2000 Scholarships winner if you employ our strategy. Review this article, contact the scholarship donor and submit your applications early.
The annual New Era Homes 2000 Scholarships are offered by the New Era Homes 2000 Limited, which has been in Jamaica for the past sixteen (16) years, and to date have undertaken and complete joint ventures (in conjunctions with the Ministry of Environment and Housing) to build over 3000 houses at Angel’s Estate phase 1 & 2, Cedar Manor, Vineyard Estate and Caribbean Estate, all in St. Catherine.
The inaugural New Era Homes 2000 Scholarships were handed over to its two (2) recipients recently at a ceremony hosted by the donor at the University of Technology, Jamaica – as reported by the Jamaica-Gleaner. When Sasha-Gaye Wilson got the call that she was the recipient of the New Era Homes 2000 Limited’s Inaugural Scholarship, all her financial worries went through the door.
The first-year civil engineering student at the University of Technology(UTech), who will receive JM$1 million per year during her four years at the institution, said it has been a tedious journey for her family. She was speaking at the ceremony following the scholarship presentation that was held at the UTech yesterday.
“It’s comforting to know that I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to fulfill my financial obligations. I had to get a job because my family could not afford it. The plan initially was to work and go to school, but I can now focus on my academics. It’s such a blessing,” said the 23-year-old from Grants Pen in St Andrew.
Wilson’s mother, Sandra Linton, was overwhelmed with joy as she spoke with The Gleaner. The trained teacher, who is now unemployed, said she was unable to provide any financial assistance for her daughter.
“I couldn’t even go to the function, because I just couldn’t find the bus fare,” Linton said.
“I remember when she was to graduate from secondary school, I could not afford it and she had to stay home, that’s how tough things have been. We were so worried how things would work out for her tertiary studies, but deep down we knew God would come through for us,” she said.
Linton added: “Growing up in this community (Grants Pen), oftentimes you feel as if there is no hope, but I always encouraged her to put her best foot forward and today, we are reaping the rewards. I am so happy.”
Omario Jones, who was the other recipient of the New Era Homes 2000 scholarships, said he was inspired to pursue success.
“When I was registering and I saw the JM$205,000 for the first semester, I became so worried. There was a lot on my mind because when I thought about rent plus school supplies, I honestly did not have the first cent, but this has made such a difference,” he said.
OPPORTUNITY TO WORK
Desmond Young, vice-president of the New Era Homes 2000 scholarships program, noted that in addition to funds being provided for the students, they would have the opportunity to work at the company every summer.
“We don’t want it to be case a where we are just issuing money. I believe funding initiatives should be sustainable and holistic,” he said.
“In our discussions, we realise that there was a struggle in placing students in suitable construction companies, and I have conducted several interviews and I realise that many young engineers do not understand [the] basic requirements. We want to ensure that when students get their degree they would have already been in the frame of mind and prepared for the working world,” Young told The Gleaner.
Criteria for the New Era Homes 2000 Scholarships
The basic criteria for the New Era Homes 2000 Scholarships are like any other scholarships available at the University of Technology, Jamaica. The requirements are that students should have good academic standing, are able to show financial need, be engaged in community service, and are enrolled in the Civil Engineering degree program at the UTECH.
Contact Person: Mrs Pauline Madourie (Scholarship officer)
Contact Number: 970-5219