Moon Palace Foun­da­tion awards $4m in schol­ar­ships

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - Carl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

DE­SPITE THE COVID-19 pan­demic wreak­ing havoc on Ja­maica’s tourism sec­tor, one of the is­land’s lead­ing all-in­clu­sive re­sorts, Moon Palace Ja­maica, is recom­mit­ting to stand by its pledge to of­fer an­nual schol­ar­ships through its char­ity arm, Moon Palace Foun­da­tion.

In fact, not only has Moon Palace Foun­da­tion con­tin­ued its schol­ar­ship awards this year, they have in­creased the num­ber of ben­e­fi­cia­ries and value of the grants.

“Moon Palace Ja­maica recog­nises that, with the COVID 19 pan­demic, now more than ever peo­ple need as­sis­tance. And so, de­spite the se­ri­ous chal­lenges fac­ing the tourism sec­tor, we are com­mit­ted to stand­ing by our prom­ise to hon­our our schol­ar­ship pro­gramme,” Natalie Bore­land, gen­eral man­ager, Moon Palace

Foun­da­tion, told The Gleaner on Thurs­day.

“Not only have we re­newed the 16 schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents from pre­vi­ous years, but we have also awarded 12 new schol­ar­ships this year,” she added.

The schol­ar­ships granted to each re­cip­i­ent con­tinue for the du­ra­tion of their re­spec­tive pro­grammes and cover one third of the cost of tu­ition and other re­lated costs.

The Moon Palace Foun­da­tion started award­ing the schol­ar­ships in 2016 to ben­e­fit staff mem­bers, chil­dren of staff mem­bers and mem­bers of the St Ann com­mu­nity, with an ini­tial amount of $430,933 for seven re­cip­i­ents.

With this year’s al­lo­ca­tion of $4.1 mil­lion for the 28 re­cip­i­ents, the to­tal amount awarded since in­cep­tion stands at more than $11.7 mil­lion.

The 28 schol­ar­ships dis­bursed this year are bro­ken down as fol­lows:

Ten awardees are staff mem­bers from var­i­ous de­part­ments at the ho­tel, with eight of them be­gin­ning their course of study this year, while nine are chil­dren of staff mem­bers, with eight of them be­ing new re­cip­i­ents.

Four awardees are from the com­mu­nity and be­gan their cour­ses in 2019, while five awardees are chil­dren from the Caribbean Chris­tian School for the Deaf in Manch­ester, who con­tinue to re­ceive a grant for the

aca­demic year.

“The schol­ar­ships cover amounts from as low as $67,680 up to $600,000 per re­cip­i­ent en­rolled in in­sti­tu­tions such as the Moneague Col­lege, The Univer­sity of the West Indies, Univer­sity of

Tech­nol­ogy, Ja­maica, North­ern Caribbean Univer­sity, Univer­sity of the Com­mon­wealth Caribbean, Brown’s Town Com­mu­nity Col­lege and SPACS Col­lege for Paramed­i­cal Stud­ies,” Bore­land dis­closed.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Fiona Mor­ri­son-Martin (left), col­lects a new Len­ovo lap­top from Foun­da­tion Co­or­di­na­tor Tal­cia Peart-Peters. Mor­ri­son-Martin’s daugh­ter, Kashera, won the lap­top which was do­nated through the ef­forts of Diana Win­ters and the Cana­dian Travel agents. Mor­ri­son-Martin is one of sev­eral staff mem­bers whose chil­dren ben­e­fit from the an­nual Moon Palace Foun­da­tion schol­ar­ships.

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