PEP Students Get Scholarships at Drive-Thru Ceremony

Forty-four students making their transition to high schools in September have benefitted from a 23-year-old Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP) group scholarship fund. The students who attended primary schools across Regions One and Region Six excelled in their sitting of Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exams earlier this year.

Instead of the usual formal proceedings, a uniquely organized handover ceremony (observant of the current COVID-19 pandemic’s protocols) was arranged outside of the group’s Marcus Garvey Drive head office on August 20th. The students each received a J$35,000 scholarship cheque, a commemorative certificate and a 10” ALCATEL 1T tablet including a case and keyboard. The drive-thru handover ceremony which was manned by the JEP group’s marketing team featured an awards package collection area and a pop-up photo booth where their pictures were captured. All students who maintain a B+ average throughout the course of their study will be re-awarded a total of J$1.5M in scholarships annually for five years.

Parents of the PEP scholars have expressed overwhelming gratitude to the companies: Jamaica Energy Partners, West Kingston Power Partners and Jamaica Private Power Company for the scholarship funds which will enable them to cover upcoming school and ancillary fees. The JEP group’s scholarship fund which was established in 1997 has benefitted hundreds of students from Old Harbour Bay, West Kingston and East Kingston where the power plants are located.

President and CEO, Wayne McKenzie expressed pride at being able to make this investment as a contribution to the development of the human capital in Jamaica. Educational investment is a core pillar in our social responsibility mandate and this ongoing support is geared at enabling students to take full advantage of educational opportunities. The inclusion of ALCATEL 1T tablets in this year’s awards package is meant to meet the emergent need for distance learning in this pandemic age.

The class of 2020 PEP students who were awarded scholarships this year are Ethan Ballentine, Tammoya Beagle, Kayla Bernard, Jamarly Brown, Ajauni Bucknor, Sapphire Burton, Khalia Clarke, Kazia Cooper, Abbigayle Daley, Angellika Donald, Nathaniel Douglas, Alicia Fogo, Devonae Ford, Adrian Gordon, Kwaisene Guyah, Rashad Harris, Gabriel Haughton, Nickoya Hemmings, Jade Hibbert, Dejza Hoilette, Jordan Hong, Zowya Lafayette, Andreana Mante, Tianna Patterson, Shakino Powell, Quano Reid, Alex Robinson, Shamaria Rookwood, Yendi Rowe, Giancarlo Sharpe, Zaminka Softley, Chelsea Sterling, Gabrielle Stewart, Tavia Stewart, Jullisa Suckoo, Omoya Swaby, Micah Taylor, Richard Turner, Chelsey Whyte, Calyssa Wilson, Kesia Wilson, Dacian Wilson, Davia Windeth and Ariana Wright.


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