Paul Simpson, founder of Cornerstone; Education and Youth Minister Fayval Williams; Barita Foundation President Gavin Jordan and Rita Humphries Lewin took a moment to congratulate the recipients of the Rita Humphries Lewin Early Childhood Education Scholarship.
THE Barita Foundation on Wednesday offered 33 recipients, at the tertiary and secondary levels, scholarships and bursaries during the awards ceremony of the inaugural scholarship program held at the Jamaica Hotel Pegasus at the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
The foundation’s top prize, the Rita Humphries-Lewin Fellowship in Early Childhood Education – worth $400,000 each and dedicated to the legacy of the founder of Barita Investments – was awarded to four tertiary level recipients . Additionally, the Cornerstone/Barita Fellowship awarded up to $350,000 each to four tertiary-level scholars pursuing a degree in medicine and engineering.
Additionally, two high performing team members from Barita Investments Limited were awarded the Barita Foundation Staff Scholarship worth $150,000 each. This scholarship was awarded as the latest demonstration of Barita’s commitment to being a force for good in the lives of its key stakeholders and the community at large.
The high school awards included a Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate and a Caribbean Advanced Skills Examination Scholarship through which six students were awarded up to $100,000 each to cover tuition, books and fees of examination. As another demonstration of actions to improve the future of various generations, seven students who are about to enter high school and who are the children of Cornerstone/Barita customers and staff were awarded PEP scholarships from worth up to $100,000 each.
Keynote speaker, Education and Youth Minister Fayval Williams thanked the Barita Foundation for playing a role in the private sector in investing in youth, staff and clients of Jamaica, especially in the difficult financial climate created by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. The Minister of Education welcomed the specific support offered to students pursuing studies in the early childhood sector.
Barita Foundation Executive Director Tanketa Chance-Wilson also spoke at the scholarship ceremony.
“At the Barita Foundation, we are aware of our role in supporting the youth of our country. We commend their commitment to pursuing higher education, and the Barita Foundation is pleased to do our part to help facilitate this path for our graduates. ,” Chance-Wilson said.
The inaugural scholarship program aims to help students obtain higher education, reinforce positive values and create long-term relationships with talented scholars.
Cornerstone Founder Paul Simpson (left) and Foundation Chairman Gavin Jordan (right) talk to Education Minister Fayval Williams at the inaugural ceremony for the scholarship program Barita Foundation studies.