Nine students from West Kingston, including four university freshmen, will have the cost of their tuition and other school-related expenses paid over the duration of their studies under the inaugural Edward Seaga Scholarship Awards (ESSA).
Approximately $3 million has been pumped into the scholarship programme, which was officially launched at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (September 25).
It was established by the West Kingston constituency in recognition of Seaga’s tremendous contribution to the development of the area and the wider Jamaica.
“It is truly an honour to be a part of (Seaga’s) legacy.”— Scholarship recipient Jahnoy St. Jacques
The scholars include outstanding performers in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), Primary Exit Profile, and a student, who is pursuing a level three early childhood course at the Heart Trust/NTA, which Seaga founded in 1982.
They are expected to maintain a B average yearly, uphold good conduct and participate in community activities across the constituency.
Minister of Local Government and Community Development and Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, who came up with the idea for the scholarship awards, said that Seaga believed in the value of education and invested a lot in the schooling of children in the constituency.
“He was the first Member of Parliament to introduce in the political system, a programme to support students going back to school,” McKenzie said, noting that this was done through the annual West Kingston charity ball.
First-year medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Jahnoy St. Jacques, who is among the recipients, said that the award “recognises my accomplishments so far, and it is truly an honour to be a part of (Seaga’s) legacy.”
Anisheka Crosdale, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at UWI, said pledged to give back to the community “because this scholarship would have contributed to my success.”