Voices Magazine Vol 5 Iss 01

VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica | April – June 2022 6 The University of Technology, Jamaica 60th Anniversary Scholarship was presented to the top sixty undergraduate high academic achievers by Professor Colin Gyles, Acting President, on May 12, 2022 at a presentation ceremony the Papine Campus. The scholarship, valued at $100,000.00 each, was awarded to the most outstanding students of the University’s three colleges and five faculties who attained the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) scores of above 3.5 in the Academic Year 2020/2021. The scholarship, established in 2018 as part of activities in commemoration of the University’s 60th Anniversary, forms part of the University’s thrust to recognize and encourage student academic excellence. Congratulating student awardees, Professor Gyles noted that the University is “pleased to continue the tradition of honouring the achievement of academic excellence among our students,” and extended high commendation to the high achievers for maintaining their impressive academic standards, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years. He urged the awardees to continue to “walk the path of excellence and professionalism” on their academic and life’s journey, adding that they are considered “lifelong ambassadors of University of Technology, Jamaica.” Dr. Haldane Johnson, Acting Deputy President, who moderated the ceremony, added his commendations to the high academic performers, noting that several awardees were receiving the scholarship for the second time. Dr. Johnson also pointed out that last year’s average Grade Point Average (GPA) was 3.796, while this year’s average GPA is 4.087. He explained that this increase was due in part to the grading system which has been modified, whereby a grade of A+ (90% and above) now carries a weighting of 4.3. The awardees were presented by Deans or by their representatives from the respective Colleges and Faculties. In an inspiring response on behalf of her fellow awardees, Faculty of Engineering and Computing high achiever, 4th Year student, Ruthanne McClymont noted that “hard work, dedication, determination, all-nighters, coffee and a drive to do more than just pass, has placed us in this prestigious position.” She encouraged her fellow awardees to “strive only for the best,” knowing that their reward will be certain. UTech, Jamaica 60th Anniversary Scholarship Presented to Top Sixty High Achievers Professor Colin Gyles (centre), Acting President, University of Technology, Jamaica, poses for a group photograph with UTech, Jamaica student high achievers who received the 60th Anniversary Scholarship on May 12, 2022 during a special presentation ceremony held at Lecture Theatre 50, Shared Facilities Building, University of Technology, Jamaica Papine Campus. Professor Colin Gyles, Acting President, presents the University’s 60th Anniversary Scholarship cheques to outstanding students from left Ruthanne McClymont (GPA 4.30, Faculty of Engineering and Computing) and Kawaine Anderson (GPA 4.18), College of Business and Management).