New Fortress Awards $4-million Scholarships to CMU
New Fortress Energy has announced a new partnership with Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), which has seen it award 12 students enrolled across various disciplines with scholarships valued at close to $4 million.
The students are Stephen Bennett, Sherwayne Howell and Huntley Rowe from the faculty of Marine Transportation; Christopher Hayden, Oslan Robinson, O’Brien Simpson, Julian Stewart Wright, and Brandon Levy of the Faculty of Industrial Systems; Raeon Ricketts, Novian Robinson and Kaydia Tinglin from the Faculty of Logistics and Supply Chain Management; as well as Amoy Vernon from the Faculty of Customs Processes, Freight Forwarding and Immigration.
Speaking at the handover at CMU’s Palisadoes campus recently, Verona Carter, VP of public affairs for New Fortress Energy, said; “Jamaica is in a commanding position to be the leader in energy transformation and diversification in the region, so it’s critical that we create a next-generation workforce to support the economic growth and social development needed to sustain this national agenda.”
She continued: “This is not simply about giving scholarships to students, it’s also ensuring that the brilliant, talented and hard-working students in our schools and universities get a fair chance to complete their education despite their financial constraints — so that they can, in turn, help preserve a sustainable future for Jamaica. We were very impressed with the performance of these students and we’re thrilled to be able to help them complete their education.”
As part of the partnership, the energy company has implemented a hot meal programme on the university’s campus to ensure that students who are unable to afford it, especially those coming from out of town, can enjoy a hot meal every day and be better able to focus on their studies.
President of CMU, Dr Professor Fitz Pinnock said; “On behalf of the university, I would like to thank our long-term partner, New Fortress Energy for giving these students the push they needed to complete their studies. Your dedication to creating a level playing field so that students can reach their true potential, despite social and economic challenges, is remarkable.
We are proud of our association with you and we look forward to building on our strategic relationship and achieving great things together as we continue to make STEM education even more accessible to more students across Jamaica.”
Since the start of the year, New Fortress Energy has provided financial support to close to 1,500 students in the form of tertiary scholarships and bursaries for high and primary schools, to the tune of $35 million.