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UNITED STATES | Wagga Hunt Foundation providing lifeline for needy Jamaican students

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Ambassador Audrey Marks is flanked by members of the David "Wagga" Hunt Foundation scholarship committee at the 2019 fundraising gala. Ambassador Audrey Marks is flanked by members of the David "Wagga" Hunt Foundation scholarship committee at the 2019 fundraising gala.
WASHINGTON DC, February 3, 2021 - Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks, has lauded the David “Wagga” Hunt Scholarship Foundation (DWF) for providing a well needed lifeline for students in dire need of resources and support in order to ensure that they can continue their education particularly in the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing the David “Wagga” Hunt Scholarship Initiative and Fundraising event held virtually on Saturday January 30, Ambassador Marks noted that “despite the enormous challenges which COVID-19 has presented in various spheres, I am impressed with your organisation’s success in disbursing over J$4 million towards the provision of scholarships and enhancement of the technology infrastructure at Kingston College and Calabar High School in 2020.”

She pointed out that at this critical time when many students were in dire need of resources and support in order to ensure that they can continue their education, the David “Wagga” Hunt initiative has been able to disburse more than 30 scholarships to the tune of J$13 million in its relatively short life. This she said was quite an impressive accomplishment which deserved emulation.

Ambassador Marks lauded Mr. Christopher Hunt and the members of the Organising Committee of the David “Wagga” Hunt Scholarship Initiative, on the 9th staging of the event which she said was historic, as it was the first one being held virtually, as a consequence of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

She said David “Wagga” Hunt will long be remembered for the indelible mark he made on the development of Calabar High and Kingston College, two of Jamaica’s premier secondary institutions which have traditionally been friendly “rivals” in the areas of sports and academics. “This initiative is therefore a fitting tribute to a man who devoted much of his life to transforming the lives of young men in both institutions,” she said.

This year’s Red Carpet Ball was held under the patronage of Jamaica’s Ambassador to the USA, Her Excellency, Audrey P. Marks, as well as the principals of Kingston College and Calabar High Schools: Dave Myrie and Albert Corcho.

This year, the David Wagga Hunt Foundation (DWHF) honoured two of Jamaica’s exemplars of excellence: CEO of Seprod and Calabar Old Boy, Richard Pandohie, as well as Professor Emeritus of the Caribbean Institute for Health and Research and KC old Boy, Rainford Wilks.

The DWHF awards scholarships to deserving young men of Kingston College and Calabar High School, two of Jamaica's finest secondary institutions. Since 2009, the scholarship initiative has funded students from grades 8 through 13 covering tuition, books, lunch and other school related expenses.

To date, over 30 scholarships exceeding J$13 Million dollars have been awarded. Recipients are selected from a shortlist of nominees and must display commendable academic performance and deportment; be involved in extracurricular activities, and are deemed in need of financial assistance.

 

  • Countries: Jamaica