Six outstanding wards of the state were recently honored by the New York based Jamaican charity Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Inc. for academic excellence. Gary Williams, Founder & Chairman of COJO presented the scholarships to the six scholars at an awards luncheon on September 12 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, where Chorvelle Johnson, CEO of Sagicor Bank served as on special guest. COJO Founder & Chairman Gary Williams (centre) along with Rosalee Gage-Grey (left), CEO, Child Protection and Family Services Agency and Chorvelle Johnson, Sagicor Bank CEO (right) pose with 2018 scholarship recipients (left to right): Jody-Ann Jackson, a Social Work student at Northern Caribbean University; Kentania Campbell, a second year student at Moneague College; Nabita Smith, a second year student at Mico University College; Adrianna Parchment, a third year student at the University of Technology; Omario Thorpe, a second year student at the University of the West Indies and Phallon Walsh, student at Northern Caribbean University. Thorpe was the recipient of the Suzette Henriques Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of COJO Founder Gary Williams’ sister. The funds are raised each year from its Annual Benefit Raffle and its scholarship gala held in December.
Sagicor Bank CEO Chorvelle Johnson (2nd left) greets Randy McLaren, CEO of Bresheh and dub poet (right) during the 2018 COJO Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday, September 12. An elated Founder & Chairman of COJO Gary Williams (centre) looks on. Sharing the occasion is Rosalee Gage-Grey, (left) CEO, Child Protection & Family Services Agency (CPFSA) and Greta Bogues, Chair of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) Corporate Governance Committee. Scholarships valued at US$25,000 were presented to six deserving wards of the state enrolled in a tertiary institution. Proceeds are raised from its Annual Benefit Raffle and its Annual Scholarship Gala, held the first Saturday of December each year.