Restaurant Associates, local franchisees for Burger King, Popeyes and Little Caesar’s Pizza, has presented $3.8 million in scholarships to students who have achieved exemplary excellence in academics and community involvement.
The annual presentation of Burger King Scholarships, held on Monday at the Terra Nova Hotel, saw the announcement of awards to students entering tertiary institutions as well as high schools in September, continuing what Sabrena Mc Donald Radcliffe, Head of Sales and Marketing, RAL, said was “a commitment to investing in Jamaica’s future leaders who currently have economic challenges.”
“Each year, we get hundreds of responses when we advertise the Burger King Scholarships. We are always moved by the determination of the applicants to excel academically as well as their efforts to serve in their communities. Many face limiting economic and social challenges, yet their resolve to do well and give generously to others is not limited. Our scholarships honour these virtues and we feel privileged to provide the much-needed funds to help them on their academic journey”.
Among the list of 2018 Burger King Scholars is Tatayana Graham who starts studies towards a BSc., in Science and Technology, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, in September. Tatayana copped the Lois Sherwood Scholarship, named for the Chairman of RAL, and awarded annually to a student of the St. Andrew High School for Girls “who embodies excellence in academics and community service”. Sherwood is an alumna of the School. The scholarship is valued at $900,000, payable over three years.
The Rodwell Lake scholarship was presented to Rhagete Pryce who will be pursuing a BSc., in Microbiology and Biochemistry at The UWI. Named for the late father of three of the RAL directors and valued at $900,000 payable over three years, this scholarship goes annually to an Upper sixth form student of the St. George’s College “who embodies excellence in academics and community service”. Lake was an alumnus of St. George’s College.
The Lois Lake Sherwood and Rodwell Lake bursaries each valued at $100,000 for 1-year, were presented to The UWI-bound students Davina Russell (BSc. Physics) and Matthew Campbell, BSc., Medical Sciences and Radiology.
The Burger King Open Tertiary Scholarship, which was introduced for the first time last year, attracted over 239 applicants this year.
McDonald Radcliffe noted that “these were of such a high standard that we decided to give two scholarships in this category instead of one.”
The awardees were Anna Kay Hudson (BSc General), $900,000 payable over three years and Nickolye Graham (BSc. Actuarial Science), $300,000 for one year. In addition, the Lois Sherwood Art Scholarship of $200,000 for one year, went to Amelia Wellington, final year Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts student.
Burger King Scholarships of $50,000 payable over five years were also awarded to a number of students who were successful in this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Among the awardees were Jordan Taffe, Campion College; Sherone Taylor and Alsade Daley, Immaculate Conception High School; Yatneil Walters and Travaughn Hines, Jamaica College and Carissa Barrett, Holy Childhood High.
The Valda Ormsby Scholarship of $50,000 over five years for a student of the Kellits Primary School awarded a place at the Clarendon College went to Latavia Benjamin. The scholarship is named for Burger King’s General Manager, an alumna of Kellits.
Ten other students who achieved high standings in the GSAT and attained Top 20 ranking for 2018 Burger King GSAT Scholarships, received Book Grants of $15,000 each. They included Dontae Goulbourne, Wolmers Boys; Twyla Bent, Glenmuir High; Akilah Adams, Jamellia Patrick, Jamia Williamson and Serena Edwards – Immaculate Conception High; Justin Mitchell, Kashief Barton, Priyanka Pabarsingh and Samuel Streete- Campion College.