Some scholarship recipients share lens with Barita Deputy Chairman, Paul Simpson and Education Minister, Fayval Williams along with other Barita representatives.

The Barita Foundation has, for the second year in a row, awarded successful applicants with scholarships and bursaries towards their 2023–2024 academic studies.

The Paul Simpson-led Cornerstone and Barita team gathered with students and their family members to celebrate and recognise the 2023/2024 cohort of Barita Foundation Scholars on Friday. The awards took place at the Caribbean Military Academy’s JDF Up Park Camp.

In a statement, the Barita Foundation noted that sharing in the programme were Minister of Education and Youth, Fayval Williams, and the Ministry’s Deputy CEO, Dr. Clover Hamilton-Flowers. Dr. Dana Morris-Dixon, Minister without Portfolio in the OPM, represented Prime Minister Andrew Holness at the event. Also in attendance were the Shadow Education Minister, Senator Damion Crawford, and guest speaker and youth advocate, Chad Rattray.

Barita says this year’s awardees hail from across the length and breadth of the island and received scholarships from the high school to tertiary levels.

From the batch of 44 students recognized on the day, 34 received full scholarships, and another 10 received special bursaries towards their tuition and examination expenses.

The scholarships awarded are:

  1. The premier Rita Humphries Lewin Scholarship in Early Childhood Education, established in honour of respected Barita Investments founder Rita Humphries Lewin and valued at up to $400,000.
  2. The Cornerstone/Barita Tertiary Scholarship, valued at up to $350,000.
  3. The Cornerstone/Barita CAPE Scholarship is valued at up to $100,000.
  4. Cornerstone/Barita PEP Scholarship valued at up to $100,000.

Barita revealed that through the Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Programme, an investment to date of approximately $7 million has been made in students fulfilling their academic goals.

According to Barita, this forms a huge part of the Foundation’s efforts in the areas of education and youth development. In addition to financial literacy sessions, the Foundation team has been working with traditional and alternative education institutions to build capacity through sponsorships and donations.

In his opening remarks, Foundation Chairman and Cornerstone COO, Gavin Jordan, shared some of the recent work being done by the team. He spoke of the “over $10 million donated to charitable causes over the last year, as well as activities aimed at improving access to comfortable shelter, such as Food for the Poor’s “Not just a Home, A Shelter with Purpose programme”. Some activities, he shared, are also geared towards addressing food security, especially among students”.

Mr. Jordan says, notably, a further commitment has been made to contribute $500,000 under the GK Campus Connect Food Bank towards a wider drive aimed at addressing food insecurity on our tertiary campuses. The Chairman also signalled Cornerstone’s move to include environmental, social, and governance (EESG) considerations as a focused part of their strategic outlook.

The scholarship awards function concluded with awardees enjoying photo-ops with the Cornerstone/Barita team, including Cornerstone CEO and President Paul Simpson. Simpson congratulated each awardee and encouraged them to stay focused and not be distracted from their goals.