Over forty secondary and tertiary level students will be awarded scholarships valued at approximately J$6 Million over this Emancipation weekend.
The Burchell Youth Development Foundation hosts the Scholarship Ceremony on Saturday, August 3, at the Mount Alvernia High School Auditorium, Montego Bay, St. James.
Students across four parishes – St. Ann, Trelawny, St. James and Westmoreland – will be awarded the Thomas Burchell Scholarship, under the theme “Empowering Jamaican Youth”. The foundation based in Texas, United States, has been awarding scholarships for six years as a commemoration to slavery abolitionist, Thomas Burchell.
Founder and President of the Foundation, Ray Matteson in honouring his Jamaican heritage by supporting the educational and spiritual development of youths in Jamaica. His fourth great grandfather Thomas Burchell, a Baptist missionary and slavery abolitionist, established ten Baptist churches and seven schools in Jamaica.
From among them, the Burchell Memorial Baptist church in Montego Bay, St. James and the Orange Park Baptist Church, St. Ann still stand. National Hero Sam Sharpe was one of Thomas’ Baptist Church Deacons.
The mission of The Burchell Youth Development Foundation is “Empowering Jamaican students to build better lives through educational and spiritual development”.