Some 42 students were awarded scholarships totalling more than $1 Million during the JN Money back-to-school ‘Winning Skoolaz’ promotion which ran from July 1 to August 31.
During the months of July and August, JN Money customers sending funds from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, the Cayman Islands and select Caribbean territories, were automatically entered in the JN Money Winning ‘Skoolaz’ back-to-school promotion. One winner from each territory, was given the opportunity to nominate a student in Jamaica, to receive a scholarship courtesy of JN Money.
“This time of year is always a stressful period for parents, with many having challenges in covering back-to-school expenses. JN Money Services strongly advocates and recognises education as a driver of social advancement, and we used this opportunity to assist families by award students with grants towards their educational expenses,” said Miss Sanya Wallace, senior manager, strategic planning and marketing, JN Money Services, owners of the renowned JN Money brand. “As a result of this effort, some 42 students received scholarships valued at $25,000.”
In addition, another five students were awarded JN Money Back to School grants as part of the remittance brand’s corporate social responsibility initiative.
The students, Shanoy Smith of St. Elizabeth Technical High School, St. Elizabeth; Ricardo Warren, Paradise Preparatory School, Westmoreland; Seeri Parker, Marymount High School, St. Mary; Dean Gentles, St. Mary Technical High School, and Tienna Williams, St. Andrew Technical High School in the Corporate Area, each received $30,000.
“This year, as a special addition to our usual Back to School initiatives, we invited our customers in the Diaspora to make a donation to assist students in Jamaica who were excelling academically. Through this initiative, we were able to raise $150,000 to assist these students,” she added.
Miss Sashauna Smith, whose daughter Seeri Parker was among the five additional students who received a grant said she was proud of her daughter.
“She just started at Marymount High School and had always done well in school. I am proud of her because she worked hard and it has now been rewarded,” said Ms Smith. “The grant will definitely assist with purchasing books and the different costs that come with attending a new school.”