Guardian Life disburses over $2M in scholarships

On Tuesday August 19, 2014, twenty-three students from various primary schools were rewarded with scholarships and grants at the 9th Annual Guardian Life GSAT Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

The group of students, who recently sat and exceled in the Grade Six Achievement Test in March of this year, were pleased to have been selected to receive either a scholarship or grant being offered by Guardian Life.

Since 2005, the company has been giving back to its policy-holders through the GSAT Scholarship Programme; each year a top boy and top girl are selected from the pool of applicants and are awarded with a two hundred and fifty-thousand dollars ($250,000.00) scholarship. This scholarship is payable at fifty-thousand dollars ($50,000.00) per annum.

This year’s successful top boy and top girl were Alexander Crooks from St. Richards Primary and Victoria Richards from Hopefield Preparatory both will be attending Campion College come September. During their remarks, the two expressed how appreciative they were to have been awarded the scholarship and noted that they will continue to work hard and be dedicated to excelling and do well in their studies.

In addition to the scholarships, valued at five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) awarded to Alexander and Victoria, the company also provided grants valuing twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) each to fourteen (14) of its staff members children. Grants valuing thirty-thousand dollars ($30,000.00) each was also awarded to seven students from the Denham Town, Alpha and Duhaney Park Primary Schools.

Further to the over $1M in scholarships and grants disbursed at the GSAT Scholarship function, Guardian Life will invest an additional $1M to assist a number of children at the basic, primary and secondary school level with some of their back to school expenses.

President of Guardian Life, Eric Hosin during his address emphasised the importance of investing in and supporting educational initiatives by giving back and providing assistance where needed. He noted that though the needs are great, he will continue to give and help as many persons as possible. He implored the young scholars to continue to excel in their studies, but to also become involved and active in other areas such as sports, service clubs and through volunteerism.

“Find new passions outside of academia; develop an active and balanced life as these all form part of the education process”, Hosin said.

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites provided words of encouragement for the recipients; reminding them of how fortunate they are to have gotten this opportunity to receive assistance with back to school expense. He also commended Guardian Life for being consistent in their efforts of giving back and being charitable.

Guest Speaker, Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2014, Anjell Bryan provided words of inspiration for the young ones, imparting to them to need to always believe in their abilities and to never let others discourage them from achieving their goals.

The 25 year old, who hails from Spanish Town, reminded the scholars that their circumstances do not dictate their outcome and they can realise their dreams if they remain focused, disciplined and continue to work hard.

“Success does not have a face…neither does it have an address”, she told the audience.

In addition to the words of advice and encouragement from the various speakers, the students, their parents and guardians were thoroughly entertained by the talented JCDC Festival of Performing Arts gold medallist Speech Chorale from Clan Carty Primary School and Jamaal McKnight from Ardenne High School, a multiple JCDC gold medallist. Jamaal performed his renditions of ‘Bridge over Troubled Waters’ and ‘Many Rivers to Cross’.

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