JM | Feb 26, 2023

$31 million in scholarships awarded to 68 STEM students

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Minister of Education and Youth, Fayval Williams (second right); Vice President of New Fortress Energy, Verona Carter (right); Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, Professor Dale Webber (left), and representatives of the  University of Technology (UTech) and the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMU) with some of the students who have been awarded scholarships by New Fortress, valued $31 million, during a ceremony held at UWI. (Photo: JIS)

New Fortress Energy, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) company, has awarded $31 million in scholarships to 68 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

The students were presented with their scholarships at a handover ceremony held at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, last Thursday (February 23). The scholarships will cover the 2022/2023 academic period for students from UWI, the University of Technology (UTech) and the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMU).

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Education and Youth, Fayval Williams, praised New Fortress Energy for their commitment to building the economy through the provision of crucial careers.

Minister of Education and Youth, Fayval Williams (second left), displays a cheque valued at almost $31 million that has been awarded to 68 students doing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education at three universities, during a ceremony held at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in St. Andrew, (from left) are President of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMU), Professor Andrew Spencer; Vice President of New Fortress Energy, Verona Carter; Principal of the UWI, Professor Dale Webber, and Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Technology (UTech), Oneil Josephs. (Photo: JIS)

“New Fortress clearly shares our vision in increasing access to STEM education,” she said, adding that this requires many hours of “diligent study and financial sacrifice,” said Williams.

The Minister acknowledged the challenges facing many individuals, particularly those from lower-income backgrounds, in pursuing tertiary education.

She expressed her pleasure at seeing companies such as New Fortress Energy “dedicating their time, effort and funds to ensure that they are playing a part in affording students the opportunity to pursue tertiary education and their career aspirations.”

Shanelle Dale, recipient of a 2023 New Fortress Energy scholarship and UWI student. (Photo: JIS)

Vice President of New Fortress, Verona Carter, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to building a “robust and sustainable socio-economic nation, that is globally attractive and competitive.”

Carter explained that the scholarships will continue to support the “academic and overall growth of our young people.”

Shanelle Dale, a UWI recipient of the scholarship, expressed her gratitude for the support which will “ease the pressure” off her mother, and “opened up an opportunity for me to be on campus and be able to focus on my studies”.


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