DIASPORA | Wagga Hunt Scholarship Foundation Gala set for Saturday February 18, 2023

DIASPORA | Wagga Hunt Scholarship Foundation Gala set for Saturday February 18, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC,  February 13, 2023 - The Washington based Wagga Hunt Scholarship Foundation, will stage its 12th annual Red Carpet Ball on Saturday February 18, 2023, in yet another effort to raise funds in support of their scholarship endeavours in Jamaica. 

The annual gala, which will this year be held under the patronage of  Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks will be held in the Atrium of The National Education Association Building, downtown, Washington, DC.

Chairman of the Foundation, Christopher Hunt, said the mission of the Foundation “is to continue offering scholarships to deserving students at KC and Calabar in Kingston, Jamaica.  To date, over US$125,000 (J$19 million) from our fundraisers, inclusive of 42 scholarships.  Also, we are very active with the Jamaican Students matriculating at Howard University (Washington D.C.) by mentoring and providing a homely atmosphere inclusive of providing occasional authentic Jamaican cuisine.”

He said this year, the Foundation will be honoring two (2) distinguished Jamaicans: Retired Lt. General Vincent R. Stewart for Exemplary Leadership in the Public Sector, and Dr. John-Paul Clarke for “Exemplary Achievements in Aerospace Engineering, Academia, and Philanthropy.

The David “Wagga” Hunt Scholarship is named for the late distinguished Kingston College (KC) past student, football coach and co-founder of Meadhaven United Football Club.

It supports deserving students at KC and at Calabar High School where Hunt coached.

The approximately $600,000 award covers tuition, books, lunch and other related school expenses for each student from grade eight to 13.

Scholarship recipients must display commendable academic performance and attitude, be involved in extracurricular activities, and deemed to be in need of financial assistance.

The Chairman said that the number of awards has increased in recent years, and the goal is to continue offering scholarships to deserving students of the beneficiary schools.

Unrivaled in his passion for youth and sports, Hunt led Calabar to both the Manning Cup and Oliver Shield titles in 2005 before his untimely passing in October 2007 from a heart attack.

He was a former General Secretary of the Kingston and St. Andrew Football Association (KSAFA); former General Secretary of the Minor League Football Association; former Jamaica National Under-17 Football coach; KC, Calabar, and Meadowbrook High School Manning Cup coach; and was one of Jamaica’s most notable track and field analysts.

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the Foundation’s Gala organizing committee From Left: From left to right are Lloyd Anderson, Michale McPherson , Garth Pottinger , Chairman of the Committee Christopher Hunt and Loxley O’Conner. ( Derrick Scott Photo)


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