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JM | Oct 10, 2020

St George’s graduate cops first JPS Foundation engineering scholarship

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Shemour Martin

JPS Foundation has awarded the first scholarship in its new programme providing financial support for students pursuing tertiary education in engineering.

The Foundation, as a part of its mandate, has been committed to the development and sustainability of the energy sector and the empowerment of youth through education. In 2019, the Foundation introduced The JPS Foundation Engineering Scholarship which gives students sitting CSEC Electrical Technology an opportunity to receive a full scholarship valued at US$10,000 per year to a university of choice in Jamaica.

Shemour Martin, first-year Electrical Engineering student, is the programme’s first official scholar, and will be attending the University of Technology (UTech) this semester. Shemour, who has been described as a diligent and determined young man, is the first in his family to excel in CSEC and the first to attend university. In fact, he is one of very few in his community, and despite the many challenges posed by violence, poverty and negative influences, he has excelled in all of his various endeavours. A well-rounded St George’s alumnus actively involved in extracurriculars such as tae kwon do, track & field, robotics and community service, Shemour also enrolled himself in the HEART Trust NTA night programme in Portmore, St Catherine, to acquire a trade in Welding.

The JPS Foundation Engineering Scholarship is yet another demonstration of our commitment to Jamaica’s development through education,” said Ramsay McDonald, JPS Foundation deputy chair.

We recognise that it is expensive to study at the tertiary level, so this full scholarship will remove that burden from the Martin family. Shemour’s application stood above the rest of impressive applicants and we are proud to be on this journey with him.

I want to leave a legacy lasting longer than my time that would serve as a reminder that regardless of the circumstance, we have the ability to exploit our potential and execute our dreams

Shemour Martin

In his application essay, Shemour mentioned that following his undergraduate degree, he dreams of revamping Jamaica’s aviation sector and becoming an aircraft maintenance engineer. Having received this scholarship, Shemour stressed the immense gratitude and relief he feels knowing he has made his family proud and eased the financial burden. He said he saw this as the first step to fulfilling his dreams and inspiring those around him to do the same.

I refuse to become another product of my environment,” he said.

“I want to leave a legacy lasting longer than my time that would serve as a reminder that regardless of the circumstance, we have the ability to exploit our potential and execute our dreams and, as such, become an inspiration to those around us and those who come after us.”

The JPS Foundation was established in 2012 and, since inception, education has been one of the major pillars of its operations. The Foundation and JPS have been involved in several educational initiatives over the years, including secondary school energy clubs, back-to-school support at the primary level and fee grants for all CSESC students sitting Electrical Technology for the last four years.

The Foundation said it was in keeping with this dedication to youth development and having recognised the need and financial burden of higher education, that it had committed to continuing the Engineering Scholarship as long as possible for the foreseeable future.

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