Four col­lege stu­dents to get ed­u­ca­tion grant

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

THE PRESS As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica is part­ner­ing with Dig­i­cel for the pro­vi­sion of ed­u­ca­tion grants to as­sist com­mu­ni­ca­tions stu­dents at the is­land’s uni­ver­si­ties.

Pub­lic re­la­tions ex­ec­u­tive at Dig­i­cel Ja­maica Mar­ion Carter an­nounced at the Press As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica’s (PAJ) Is­sues Fo­rum at the Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus on Mon­day night that Dig­i­cel will be fi­nanc­ing four ed­u­ca­tion grants, val­ued at $50,000 each, for fi­nal year col­lege stu­dents. One grant each will be awarded to a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, North­ern Caribbean Univer­sity, and the Kingston and Mon­tego Bay cam­puses of the Univer­sity of the West Indies.

“We know that there are a lot of univer­sity stu­dents who are strug­gling,” said PAJ Pres­i­dent Dionne Jack­son Miller. “The PAJ sees this as a way to help the next gen­er­a­tion of me­dia pro­fes­sion­als, many of whom have al­ready in­vested sig­nif­i­cantly in their ed­u­ca­tion, and who would wel­come just that little ex­tra help.”

“This is an ini­tia­tive that’s very im­por­tant to me, and that

I’ve wanted to put in place ever since I be­came pres­i­dent of the PAJ. Elon Parkin­son was the first per­son I men­tioned it to, and he was im­me­di­ately in­ter­ested. I’m de­lighted that Dig­i­cel was able to share my vi­sion.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the grants open dur­ing Na­tional Journalism Week, November 20-26 and will close on Jan­uary 6, 2017.

Ap­pli­cants must be fi­nal year stu­dents en­rolled in a com­mu­ni­ca­tions stud­ies pro­gramme at the Univer­sity of the West Indies, the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy or North­ern Caribbean Univer­sity.

They must be pass­ing their cour­ses with at least a B av­er­age or its equiv­a­lent in the cur­rent course of study. They must also be stu­dent mem­bers of the PAJ.

Ap­pli­cants must sub­mit the fol­low­ing: a cover letter, a ré­sumé, proof of aca­demic sta­tus, two let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion— at least one of which must be from a lec­turer, and a 750-word es­say on The role of Me­dia in Na­tional Devel­op­ment.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are to be sub­mit­ted to the PAJ.

JACK­SON MILLER

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