The Reach One Child "ROC" Foundation's founders, Chairman Mr. Patrick Lindsay and President Ms. Cherine Anderson, have announced the selection of 14 outstanding grade 6 students as the 2014 ROC Scholars. The students have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic and athletic excellence, leadership, as well as contribution to their schools and communities.
"These students set really high standards for themselves. Most have not only achieved academically, but on average they are involved in at least three extracurricular activities or hold leadership positions in their schools or community youth groups. These students are truly models for their peers," said Anderson.
For the past two years, the ROC Scholarship Program has honored 35 of the nation's top-performing students. More than 250 top applicants qualified based on outstanding performance on the GSAT exams with averages of 80% and higher. The combined average of the selected 2014 ROC Scholars is 91%. This year's group display record achievements in athletics, with one student totaling more than 80 medals in competitive swimming. More than half the group hold club President positions or were founding members of new clubs within their schools. In addition, several scholars are medalists in the JCDC Speech, Dance and Music competitions.
"In our dynamic world of innovation, technology and global connectedness, we view a forward thinking education as a critical foundation for young people. We are very proud of these hardworking students and look forward to their continued success in the years to come," said Mr. Lindsay.
The ROC Scholarship Program was established in 2013 to honor grade 6 students from primary and all age schools across Jamaica who demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, the arts, athletics and service. The scholarships cover both renewable scholarships and grants to offset expenses of their tuition, textbooks, school supplies and in some cases uniform for their high school year. ROC Scholars are selected each year based on assessment of their overall academic performance in grades 5 and 6, an essay, interview, leadership, service and commitment to high ideals.
The students are being recognized today, , at The Reach One Child's Scholar Award ceremony. Award-winning journalist and author Mr. Ian Boyne C.D will give the event's keynote address.
For more information about The ROC Scholarship Program visit www.reachonechild.org