HER MOMENT: The PM, with scholarship recipient Kimesha Paisley.
PM Portia Simpson-Miller on Monday presented scholarships to scores of youngsters from her South-West St. Andrew constituency during a small ceremony at Jamaica House. Ranging from $50, 000 to $450,000, the scholarships will go towards the financing of their tertiary education. The scholarships are funded through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and the money will go directly to the tertiary institutions.
The recipients, who were on hand to pick up their letters, were selected based on a combination of academic merit and need and have begun studies in areas such as medical sciences, dentistry, aviation training, maritime training, the performing arts, physical education, and teacher training, among others, at tertiary institutions across the island.
Addressing the students, PM Simpson-Miller said that she is pleased and proud at the number of young men who are in the group, especially in light of the wide ratio of women to men who are attaining tertiary level education in the country. “I am very proud that a number of students that we have assisted still remain in the constituency and are professionals making their contribution to the development of this country," she said.
The prime minister continued: "It is not about circumstance of birth, it is not about where you were born and it is not about where you live. Your parents do not have what it takes to help, (and) as your Member of Parliament, I feel that I have a responsibility, because I believe in education and I never stop learning."