Fifty-Five students, who will be attending secondary and tertiary institutions beginning this month, have been awarded scholarships by Courts Jamaica valued at more than $6 million.
The scholarship recipients who expressed gratitude for the financial assistance were chosen after a competitive selection process, which involved some 3,000 applicants.
Twenty-nine scholarships, each worth $100,000, went to students, who received high grades in this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Six students, who will pursue skills training at HEART Trust/NTA, were awarded $50,000 each, while 20 tertiary-level students, received $150,000 each.
At the awards ceremony held at the Knutsford Court Hotel last Friday, third-year student at the University of Technology (UTech), Olivia Smith, said she was overjoyed.
“I wasn’t sure I would get it as I wasn’t sure how well I did in the interview. It is a relief as only part of my school fee was paid for this semester. My mother is very happy seeing that the burden will not be on her shoulders,” she said.
Smith, who is pursuing a degree in Construction Technology with a minor in Electrical Technology, says the award will enable her to pursue her dream of becoming an architect.
“I find the construction industry really interesting, but I am more focused on the designing aspect where in the long run I might become an architect. I would like to be able to design a house, be able to construct it and oversee the management of it,” she said.
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