The SJF awards bursaries to MBCC students
RECENTLY, THE Montego Bay Community College (MBCC) held its Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony, and, for the fifth year, The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF) awarded full and partial scholarships totalling $500,000 to students in the Faculty of Hospitality, Health and Creative Studies.
To be eligible for one of these SJF Hospitality Scholarships, students have to meet certain criteria, including fluency in Spanish, being an active member of the college’s Spanish Club, and attaining a minimum overall average of B+.
Representatives from SJF member companies found the entire process, from interviewing the students to handing out the certificates, very enlightening and inspirational. Carolina Climent and Antonio Sabate, of Grand Palladium, found it to be “a special activity which recognises hard work and dedication of students striving for and achieving excellence, despite challenges and adversity”.
Encouraging the students to continue to work towards achieving their goals and dreams, Samuel Afonso of Hospiten described it as a great event that shows how the scholarships not only affect the recipients, but the entire school community.
The SJF’s support for the teaching and learning of Spanish also includes providing bursaries to students of the HEART College of Hospitality Services in the amount $300,000; the University of the West Indies through UWIDEF, in the amount of $250,000; and the Shortwood, Church, and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ colleges valued at $1 million in total.
Ignacio Vidal (left), lead player for Chile’s Team Two, which won the Sandals Latin American Golf Tournament, looks on as teammate Manuel García De Los Ríos urges in his putt, watched by Andrés Vircuna (second left) and Claudio Torres. Team Two scored 132 for a four-shot win ahead of Team 13 at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Upton, St Ann.
Students of the Montego Bay Community College flank Carolina Climent (fourth left), Grand Palladium; Samuel Afonso (centre), Hospiten; and Myrtle Dwyer (fourth right), honorary consular agent of Spain.