Roger Clarke CASE scholarship launched
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The annual Roger Clarke CASE Scholarship for the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), valued at $250,000, was launched by the CB Group, today, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
In honor of the late Minister of Agriculture, the Roger Clarke CASE scholarship will provide funds towards the tuition and expenses of one CASE student each year. The selected student will also be provided internship and work experience opportunities in the CB Group’s large-scale, vertically integrated agribusiness.
In an interview Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, said the scholarship is a positive development for the sector.
“If agriculture is going to realize its potential and contribute to growth, we need a strong cadre of professionals to drive that growth, to drive the innovation with the infusion of technology….which will ultimately increase productivity levels and contribute to our food security,” he emphasized.
“I think this is a wonderful way to honor Roger Clarke and I think that CASE is the institution for agriculture, and deserves every support,” the Permanent Secretary added.
Meanwhile, Corporate Affairs Manager, CB Group, Dr Keith Amiel, said Clarke had made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the livestock industry.
“For all this and more, his dedication and passion for agriculture in Jamaica, the CB Group is pleased to present to the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, Roger Clarke CASE Scholarship beginning September 2016, as they continue to mold future generations of Jamaicans, excited, energized and wired about agriculture,” Dr. Amiel said.
For her part, Clarke’s widow, Sonia, thanked the CB Group for honoring his work and worth by awarding the scholarship program.
Remembering the Honorable Roger Clarke
The Hon. Roger Clarke, Minister of Agriculture and Member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland, is a name synonymous in Jamaica’s political and social spheres with agriculture. He has had a rich upbringing in agriculture and its practices from his younger years to the present.
Minister Clarke grew up in Glen Islay, Westmoreland, where he helped his parents and grandparents on their farm, which produced root crops and vegetables. He attended the Mannings High School and later went on to pursue extensive management training at the now defunct Jamaica Industrial Development Corporation and Harbridge House in the United States in the 1960’s.