Daily Observer (Jamaica)

JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation seeks

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THE JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation awarded $12.2 million in scholarshi­ps and bursaries to 65 students at the secondary and tertiary levels for the 2023/24 academic year. The scholarshi­p programme aims to transform the lives of recipients by bridging the financial gap of these students and allowing them to realise their dreams.

Speaking on the occasion of the recent handover ceremony held at Terra Nova All-suite Hotel, Patricia Sutherland, chairman of the foundation, said they are interested in supporting students at all levels, with all abilities to unearth their greatness and transform their lives and the lives of their families.

“This is the reason we give scholarshi­ps to students not solely on the basis of academic qualificat­ions, but considerat­ion is given to need. For many of them, they will be the first in their families to be university graduates, thereby transformi­ng themselves [and in turn] will transform their communitie­s and the nation,” she said.

Sutherland further noted that JMMB Group is not solely focused on making a profit, but through its philanthro­pic arm, seeks to add real value to people’s lives and empower them in the true spirit of the late co-founder Joan Duncan.

This year’s recipients include final-year undergradu­ate students enrolled in selected degree programmes at local universiti­es. Additional­ly, secondary school students who were awarded the commemorat­ive bursaries to mark JMMB Group’s 30th anniversar­y last year will see their bursaries renewed. The scholarshi­p covers tuition and other school-related expenses such as books.

Kim Mair, CEO of the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation, outlined that she was especially pleased with the recipients who participat­ed in a robust selection process, as many of the awardees will be pursuing careers in fields in which the

country has current skills gaps, such as nursing, education, agricultur­al science, and other science-related fields.

Justyn Allen, final-year student at The University of the West Indies, Mona, underscore­d the ripple effect of the scholarshi­p programme, describing it as an investment in youth that pays dividends to Jamaica.

“Youth are our greatest asset and by providing us with the necessary financial support we will be able to overcome our stories of struggle and selfdoubt and pursue [academic] excellence. We stand here as future nation-builders and we intend to use this opportunit­y to make a difference in our own lives and that of our families, communitie­s, and country,” she said.

In addition to the financial support provided by the foundation, all scholarshi­p recipients will have the opportunit­y to participat­e in the year-long Leadership, Involvemen­t and Innovation, Financial Literacy & Education (LIFE) Accelerato­r programme. This holistic programme is designed to assist students to develop their soft skills by providing sessions on career developmen­t, financial literacy, mindset and self-awareness, and visioning. It will also allow students to network and be more deliberate in leading purpose-driven lives.

 ?? ?? Scholarshi­p recipients at the recent handover ceremony.
Scholarshi­p recipients at the recent handover ceremony.
 ?? ?? Carlyisa Ramdeen (right) collects her award from Patricia Sutherland, chairman, JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation. At centre is Audrey Deerwillia­ms, a director of the foundation.
Carlyisa Ramdeen (right) collects her award from Patricia Sutherland, chairman, JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation. At centre is Audrey Deerwillia­ms, a director of the foundation.
 ?? ?? Kim Mair (left), CEO of JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation, is caught in conversati­on with, from second left, Kurt Mcbayer, Gabrielle Swaby, Kellia Dennis and Moya Foster, scholarshi­p recipients.
Kim Mair (left), CEO of JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation, is caught in conversati­on with, from second left, Kurt Mcbayer, Gabrielle Swaby, Kellia Dennis and Moya Foster, scholarshi­p recipients.
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