Governor-General’s IBI Summer of Service Competition Application Opens
King’s House: Applications are now being accepted for the Governor-General’s Summer of Service Competition (SOS), a project of the I Believe Initiative.
This competition is opened to Jamaicans who are matriculating to college or university, or are already enrolled in their first year at an accredited tertiary institution. It provides applicants with the opportunity to compete for a scholarship that will enable them to complete their undergraduate degrees.
Major (Retired) Effiom B. Whyte, National Coordinator of Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence says “this year’s competition will once again provide well needed financial support to young ambitious individuals who are committed to nation building.”
The objective of the competition is to reward academic excellence while promoting volunteerism and providing exposure to the ‘world of work.’
Mosiah Moodie, a 2016 SOS participant stated that, “The SOS Competition meant the world to me. It opened the door for me to be the first to enter university in my family and took a very big financial strain off my family and me. My voluntary service at St. Joseph’s Hospital during the summer gave me a better understanding of how to treat people, especially the elderly. As I helped them, I felt good within myself that I could put a smile on somebody’s face.” Moodie is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computing at the University of Technology, Jamaica and is currently in his second year of that programme.
Each SOS participant is required to use their summer holidays in voluntary work and must maintain a 3.0 GPA average during the course of their studies.
Last year, nine SOS participants were awarded with scholarships and grants valuing $ 9.8 M.
Information regarding eligibility, rules and guidelines of this competition is available here
Registration closes on Friday May 5, 2017.
For more information contact:
Major (Retired) Effiom B. Whyte, OD, JP
Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence
Telephone: (876) 927.6424
Recently at the Jamaica College Old Boy’s Association Griffy’s Awards and the 45th anniversary screening of the “Harder they come” film. Honorees were Minister of Education, Youth and Information and Honourable Ruel Reid, Filmmaker Perry Henzel, Inventor and Developer Andrew Ewen and Actor Winston Stona.
WASHINGTON DC — Jamaica’s Consul General to New York Trudy Deans has urged Jamaicans in the diaspora to take advantage of investment opportunities being offered by the Jamaica Government in various sections of the economy.
Addressing the Jamaica Civic and Cultural Association of Rockland County, New York, last Thursday at the Civic Centre, the Jamaican consul general said it was “high time that members of the Jamaican Diaspora employ a more strategic approach to owning a piece of the ‘Rock’.”
She told the mainly Jamaican audience that “there are myriads of investment opportunities that are available in Jamaica, and while we welcome foreign investors, you are also welcomed to participate in this partnership and lucrative investment opportunities”.
The Consul General said that with approximately three million Jamaicans residing in the diaspora, the island could easily double its gross domestic product “if we found seamless ways of integrating the economic power of the diaspora into our local economy”.
Drawing their attention to the buoyancy of the Jamaican economy, Deans told her audience that Government had set a target for economic growth of five per cent over the next four years, and was on a path of a higher sustained growth that will ultimately benefit the poor and vulnerable.
“Among my many plans this year is to engage Jamaicans in the Diaspora who are not associated with any organisation, as well as to re-engage those who no longer participate, in an effort to build partnerships for projects that are sustainable projects for Jamaica. This also includes second and third-generation Jamaicans,” the consul general said.
She invited the Jamaicans to take advantage of “Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference” which will be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston from July 23 to 26.
There they will have an opportunity to interface with Government and other stakeholders, and get an opportunity to hear what the Government is doing as well as to make suggestions.
The Consul General announced that plans were in high gear for the celebration of Jamaica’s 55th year of Independence by the Consulate and that the Minister of Culture Olivia Grange would launch the activities on April 28, in Philadelphia.
Consul General Deans was recognised by Rockland County, New York with a Proclamation, declaring April 6 as Trudy Deans Day in Rockland.
She was also recognised by the Rockland City Council for being the 10th woman and the youngest person to be appointed in that position.
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