Mr. Don. Mullings Managing Director of M & M Jamaica Limited on Monday, December 14th, 2009 announced details of his company’s scholarship programme for promising and deserving students.
The scholarships which will benefit over ninety (90) students are funded by M & M Jamaica through its CHANCE FUND, the “ENGINE” established to drive the company’s outreach programme. The programme includes the company’s flagship and very successful Mathematics Competition held in High Schools in the parish of St. Elizabeth and the M & M Entrepreneurs Fund, whereby collateral free financial assistance is given to young persons under the age of thirty (30) to start their own business.
The announcement was made at the University of the West Indies, Mona, where Mr. Mullings along with company Director Mr. Richard Mullings handed over his company cheque for four (4 no.) scholarships to be made available to students in the faculty of Pure and Applied Science at the University.
Details of the company’s educational initiative include; four (4 no.) scholarships to students of the University of the West Indies, two (2 no.) scholarships to students of the Teacher’s College, two (2 no.) to students of the University of Technology and over ninety (90 no.) to students of the Secondary High Schools… The value of the awards will range from Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000) to Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) per year per student, and will be for the duration of the course of study at the tertiary level and on a year by year basis for the students at the secondary level.
Mr. Mullings congratulated the university for sixty-one (61) years of solid achievements and service to the Caribbean and implored other companies to join M & M in making it their responsibility to help in the development of Jamaica’s greatest asset – Our Youths. “What better way than by contributing to Education, the surest way from a mediocre life to one which enables a meaningful contribution to self, family and country.” He charged the University to capitalize on its Sixty-One (61) years of service to the region and to be in constant touch with its graduates, aggressively seeking their assistance in supporting its programme and also to rethink the training programmes to prepare the graduates to better cope in the world of work by thinking job creation rather than job seeking.
In accepting the scholarships Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa, Dean of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, Mona thanked Mr. Mullings and M & M Jamaica for their generosity, not only in making the contribution, but for his foresight in making sure that those students from less well-off backgrounds, who show real ability, can be financially supported.
Professor Kahwa briefed Mr. Mullings on some of the plans of the faculty. He spoke of the introduction of an Engineering Programme at Mona, greater participation in the country’s agricultural programme and not only introducing entrepreneurship as a compulsory course to most of its programme but will be calling on the Jamaica’s Business Community to Participate more in the programme delivery by having regular dialogue, talks and lectures to students.
Other attendees at the handing over ceremony were:
Mr. Richard Mullings – Director of M & M Jamaica Limited
Ms. Kay Brown – Director of the Business Development Unit (UWI)
Dr. Paul Aiken – Head of Electronics Unit; Lecturer, Department of Physics, Mona
Miss Karen Campbell, Acting Manager, Office of Student Financing