JA students awarded CIBC FirstCaribbean scholarships
Kareem Robinson and Shandi Stubbs were awarded combined scholarships of $4,250 for their display of leadership, skills, entrepreneurial drive and creativity at this year’s Junior Achievement (JA) annual awards ceremony.
Robinson, a 2019 graduate of St. Augustine’s College, came in fourth place in JA’s “Most Distinguished Achiever” category, the highest honor an achiever can receive within the JA Company Programme. He received a $2,500 scholarship towards his academic studies at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he is expected to study biology.
Robinson was the president of the JA Company “Drip”.
Stubbs, an 11th grade Queen’s College student, came in fifth place in JA’s “Most Distinguished Achiever” category. She received a $1,750 scholarship which she intends to use to help her pursue a degree in business with a minor in chemistry when she graduates high school next year.
Stubbs held the position of president for the JA Company “Pulse”.
The duo’s scholarships were awarded by CIBC FirstCaribbean, which has consistently supported JA through an annual donation of $5,000 at the end of each academic year, contributing to the JA Scholarship “Most Distinguished Achiever” program.
“This was a successful year for me, because in addition to placing fourth for the ‘Most Distinguished Achiever’ award, my company ‘DRIP’ also won the ‘Company of the Year’ award. I’m a proud president and I’m so grateful for the scholarship I’ve received. I recognize the ‘Most Distinguished Achiever’ nomination is very prestigious, and I’m happy to be one of the people who actually placed,” Robinson said.
Nikia Christie, CIBC FirstCaribbean marketing manager, said the work JA does in training young Bahamians and equipping them with skills for success, one of which is financial literacy, is a noteworthy endeavor. And that at CIBC FirstCaribbean they were happy to see the young entrepreneurs and future leaders that come out of the program.
“CIBC FirstCaribbean proudly congratulates the achievers and supports their continued learning and success through our scholarship donation,” said Christie.
Tammy Lecky, JA executive director and program manager, thanked CIBC FirstCaribbean for its donation which benefitted the fourth and fifth place student achievers.
“In order to meet our mission, we rely on the generosity of community-minded organizations like CIBC FirstCaribbean, and without their support we cannot effectively contribute to the youth advancement of our country,” said Lecky.
Junior Achievement Bahamas is a non-profit economic program for young people and its mission is to promote economic literacy and understanding of business and competitive free-enterprise among young Bahamians, the future leaders of The Bahamas. Achievers are nominated by their JA company for their distinguished track record for the “Most Distinguished Achiever” award.
“All award recipients displayed leadership, entrepreneurial drive and creativity throughout JA’s 25-week Company Program. After 40 years, JA Bahamas continues to be grateful for the commitment shown by our corporate sponsors and volunteers, who recognize the importance of promoting financial literacy for our future leaders and entrepreneurs,” said Lecky.