Seprod awards $7m in Scholarships
Seprod Foundation recently awarded JMD$7 million in Seprod Scholarships. The newest batch of Seprod Foundation scholars were on Thursday presented with their awards at a handover ceremony at Terra Nova All-Suites Hotel in Kingston.
The group includes 27 students who sat the most recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and five students from the College of Agricultural Science and Education (CASE). The GSAT scholars are: Patrick Sterling Jnr, Karrie-Ann Tapper, Nivek Palmer, Dominic Atkinstall, Tetra Innis, Antonio Thompson, Gabrielle Fletcher, Calvin Barrett, Jordel Ellis, Ceford Patterson, Rasheed Millwood, Desean Hines, Devido Tate, Oswald Brown, Ashlee Tinglin, Jada McPherson, Ashema Waldron, Brian Miller, Britanya Stewart, Shuwanna Williams, Danielle Goldson, Keneil Jones, Dejonay Brown, Fernanado Stewart, Chavanese Patterson, Alwayne Arnold, and Charise Young — who received the Byron Thompson Award for Academic Excellence, having the highest overall average of the new scholars.
They attend a mix of traditional and non-traditional high schools across the island.
The Seprod scholarships awards cover auxiliary fees for each year of high school, provided that the students maintain a ‘B’ average. As it stands, there are 148 students from first to fifth form who benefit from the programme valued at over $4 million annually.
This year, only children of Seprod employees were invited to apply, but the company says it will be open to external applicants next year.
The CASE beneficiaries received a share of $3 million per year to cover tuition and books, as well as research and technical assistance that Seprod will be providing to the college each year, according to a memorandum of understanding between the two. The awardees are: Samantha Baudoo, Debra-Kay Hedge, Oshin Gayle, Jahmaine Parkinson, and Chadwade Anderson.
Chairman of the Seprod foundation Melanie Subratie told the young scholars that their life is their story, and that they are merely at the opening chapter.
“This is really the start of your story. Let’s make the new chapter of this story one that makes your parents, and, most importantly, yourself proud,” she encouraged.
Commendation for the Seprod Scholarships Program
Minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Senator Floyd Greene, while encouraging the Seprod scholarships awardees to dream big, commended Seprod Foundation for its investment in agricultural education through the CASE scholarship programme.
“I want to commend the entire Seprod Foundation. You have been doing excellent work in the area of education. If we are serious about transforming agriculture, we have to provide more support for young people who want to pursue agriculture,” he said.
As part of their Seprod scholarships, the CASE students will also benefit from internships at Seprod. Meanwhile, 2002 Seprod scholarships recipient O’Dayne Plummer gave the GSAT students some advice to take them through high school.
“I had to ensure that I maintained excellence in everything that I do; maintain excellence not only academically, but you have to be a rounded student,” he advised.
“Continue to make your parents proud and pursue greatness. It’s in all of you,” he said.
For the past 10 years, the foundation has awarded over 300 students under its GSAT scholarship programme. This is the first year that scholarships have been awarded to CASE students.