Recent Wolmers’ Boys graduate Stephen Campbell will be able to realize his dream of becoming a Chemical Engineer, thanks to a scholarship from Petrojam Limited, which will see to the financing of his undergraduate degree in Engineering.
Stephen is the 2012 awardee of Petrojam’s H.J. Fenton Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship, tenable for three years at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad. Over the next three years Petrojam will spend an approximate J$3.6 million dollars towards his education.
From as early as the ninth grade, Stephen has dreamt of becoming an engineer. His stint as a summer intern in the Production Department at Petrojam, he notes, renewed his passion towards his career goal and has largely influenced his decision to specialize in chemical engineering.
On learning from the University of the HJ Fenton Scholarship offered by Petrojam, the Wolmers Past student says he saw it as an opportunity to offset the costs of his undergraduate studies. “I was surprised and at the same time amazed at how God could answer a prayer so precisely, having uttered the words only a moment before the phone call ‘Lord let me know before the week is out’ , Stephen says.
“There is a feeling of relief and also of being privileged to have been considered of all the many qualified applicants. I am indeed grateful” he adds.
Stephen is the third HJ Fenton Scholarship recipient and the first male awardee. His solid track record of high academic performance includes nine distinctions in the CSEC examinations; placing in the top five in the island for all the subjects he sat. He was also the top performer in CXC Biology, Technical Drawing, English A and Geography at Wolmers Boys and got Grades one and two in level one and two of CAPE.
Vice Principal at Wolmer’s Boys’ School Grace Leyow is proud of Stephen’s recent successes. “It is remarkable and even rare to find a young man who, because of his appreciation and consideration for his parents’ financial constraints, does not rest on his laurels, but works harder on his own to achieve success” she notes.
Ms. Leyow regards the scholarship as a fitting reward for Stephen’s hard work over the years and is confident that he will make the best use of this opportunity.
Petrojam’s Manager, Human Resource Development and Administration, Andrea Bent affirms Petrojam’s commitment to education noting, that health, education and sports as the three core areas of Petrojam‘s corporate social responsibility activities.
“To ensure a highly trained and sustainable labour supply for Jamaica’s economy and to fulfill our 2030 vision of making ‘Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business’, it is imperative that we invest in the education of our nation’s children,” she notes.
Stephen is expected to maintain a grade point average of 3.60. However he will find motivation to do so in the assurance given to all the H.J Fenton Scholarship recipients – a guaranteed position at Petrojam after University.
The H.J Fenton Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in Engineering was established by Petrojam Limited in 2003, in honor of its former managing director the late Hiram James Fenton, as recognition of his contribution to the Petroleum Industry. The scholarship covers annual tuition, boarding and books and spending money.
Rochelle Morrison was the first recipient of the scholarship in 2003, followed by Renee Williams in 2009.
Annually, Petrojam also awards scholarships to the top male and female GSAT Awardees of the Greenwich Town All Age School.