The SJF awards bur­saries to MBCC stu­dents

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAMAICA -

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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