Cops’ chil­dren get schol­ar­ships

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY -

ONE HUN­DRED chil­dren of po­lice­men who have died or have been in­jured while on duty have been granted schol­ar­ships for their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion by the Min­istry of Na­tional Se­cu­rity in part­ner­ship with the Ja­maica Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion.

Each schol­ar­ship is val­ued at $200,000 per year over three years, based on each stu­dent achiev­ing and main­tain­ing a 3.0 grade point av­er­age an­nu­ally. The awards cer­e­mony took place last Thurs­day at Cur­phey Place in Swal­low­field.

The key­note speaker, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Robert Mon­tague, said whereas ed­u­ca­tion was a tool for up­ward mo­bil­ity, the ma­jor achieve­ment comes when the stu­dent fig­ures out what to do with that ed­u­ca­tion to bet­ter him­self or her­self. The min­is­ter said bach­e­lor’s de­grees are a dime a dozen to­day, so each stu­dent had to find ways to en­hance that ed­u­ca­tion for mar­ketabil­ity.

“Don’t rely solely on your ed­u­ca­tion to take you to your des­ti­na­tion. Rather, use it as a step­ping stone. Ap­ply the ed­u­ca­tion to your en­vi­ron­ment. Vol­un­teer with an or­gan­i­sa­tion with which you want to work and get ex­pe­ri­ence. Choose your men­tor, don’t wait on a men­tor to choose you,” he told the awardees.

BE STRATE­GIC

Mon­tague added, “Many young peo­ple are qual­i­fied, but job­less. So, even as you pur­sue your stud­ies, be strate­gic and think about the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to you,” he urged.

Mon­tague called on the schol­ar­ship win­ners to take ad­van­tage of re­sources avail­able to ad­dress is­sues and bar­ri­ers that may pre­vent suc­cess. “Your par­ents and teach­ers have a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and can pro­vide use­ful Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Robert Mon­tague (right) presents Ja­maica Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion Chair­man Sergeant Ray­mond Wil­son with a schol­ar­ship award for his son, Thaj-Rae Wil­son, dur­ing the min­istry and fed­er­a­tion’s joint schol­ar­ship awards cer­e­mony for the 2016-17 aca­demic year. The pre­sen­ta­tion was made re­cently at Cur­phey Place in Kingston.

ad­vice. There is also the In­ter­net, which has evolved to be­com­ing the great­est plat­form for in­de­pen­dence and self-growth. Snapchat, Twit­ter, Face­book and In­sta­gram have be­come not only tools for self-ex­pres­sion and so­cial­i­sa­tion among the youth, but have be­come a ca­reer launch­ing pad for per­sons who are now so­cial me­dia per­son­al­i­ties,” he noted.

Also speak­ing at the event, Sergeant Ray­mond Wil­son, chair­man of the Ja­maica Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion, called on par­ents of the schol­ar­ship awardees to recog­nise their duty to en­sure that their

chil­dren are taught the mean­ing of selfes­teem and civic re­spon­si­bil­ity. “Your chil­dren must learn to de­velop their own pro­to­type and make the sky the limit,” he said.

Stu­dents awarded were from sev­eral ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, pur­su­ing var­i­ous fields of study, in­clud­ing en­gi­neer­ing, an­i­ma­tion and de­sign, medicine, law, nurs­ing and teach­ing. The min­is­ter has pledged to con­sider ex­tend­ing the schol­ar­ship to cover a fourth year, where the de­grees are for that pe­riod and if the stu­dents main­tain or sur­pass a 3.0 grade point av­er­age. Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Robert Mon­tague (cen­tre) talks with a stu­dent of Sam Sharpe Teach­ers’ Col­lege in St James, Chana-Gaye Findlay, af­ter she and Joseph Cain (left) were pre­sented with schol­ar­ships un­der the Min­istry of Na­tional Se­cu­rity/Ja­maica Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion schol­ar­ship pro­gramme. Min­is­ter of Na­tional Se­cu­rity Robert Mon­tague (right) and chair­man of the Ja­maica Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion, Sergeant Ray­mond Wil­son, con­grat­u­late one of the schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents.

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