Fresh on the now-viral video, young Guys Hill High student Delano Tucker is on the receiving end of more assistance, this time from the Jamaica 4-H Clubs.
The entity, through its Rio Tinto Scholarship programme, is today (March 4) giving its commitment to Tucker, a 4-H ‘clubite’, to support him in his agricultural studies.
Tucker, whose heartbreaking plight was aired on StreetDriven.tv on February 27, begins sixth form at the St Catherine-based high school after gaining nine CSEC subjects, including a double award in agricultural science.
Touched by his story and determination despite the discouraging circumstances he has been faced with, many Jamaicans including Opposition Leader Mark Golding have stepped up to help the Tuckers.
Jamaica 4-H Clubs, in a statement, indicated that Tucker has been an active member of the organisation since grade nine and since then has participated in a myriad of 4-H activities.
“He recently applied to the scholarship programme and he has been accepted,” said Garfield Ewart, Jamaica 4-H Clubs’ Director of Field Services.
Ewart added that due to the nature of the scholarship programme, its support continues at the tertiary level, at the institution of the student’s choice, which in this case, Delano has expressed a desire to attend the Portland-based College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE).
As part of the programme, several expenses including bus fare, exam fees, lunch and other incidentals for Tucker would be covered by the scholarship.
The field service director further explained that Tucker’s younger sister, who also attends Guys Hill High, will be encouraged to apply for the scholarship once she becomes eligible.
The Rio Tinto Scholarship programme, according to Ewart, provides assistance for needy students—most of which are from St Ann, St Catherine and Manchester—starting at the high school level, (grade nine onwards) and has been in existence for more than 10 years.
The programme is managed by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs with funding provided through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).
Over the last academic year, approximately 360 scholarships have been provided to students from the secondary to the tertiary levels.