The David “Wagga” Hunt (DWH) Scholarship Foundation gave back to students from the Calabar and Kingston College all-boys high schools in Jamaica and honored two past students during its fundraising event on Sunday, January 31, 2021.
The virtual event was held under the Distinguished Patronage of Jamaica’s Ambassador to the USA, Her Excellency, Audrey P. Marks.
Ambassador Marks commended the Scholarship Foundation for making a difference in the lives of the young men.
She pointed to the “remarkable progress made over the years”, highlighting the significant financial investment made for the 2020-2021 school year of J$4 million which covered not only scholarships to the tune of J$2.1 million, but grants of J$1 million to each school for technological enhancements.
Emcees for the evening were Leighton “Fyah” McKnight and Radio Broadcaster, Dervan Malcolm. Special guests included Principals, Dave Myrie and Albert Corcho of Kingston College and Calabar High Schools, respectively.
Continuing its commitment to students at both schools, 20 boys from both Calabar and Kingston College were awarded scholarships and presented with laptops from the Foundation. DWH said it is important for the organization to lend its support to Jamaican students during these most challenging times.
The Foundation also presented awards to Calabar Old Boy, Richard Pandohie, CEO of Seprod and President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and Professor Emeritus, Rainford Wilks of the Caribbean Institute for Health and Research and a KC Old Boy. The pair were honored for their contribution to nation-building.
In speaking of the evening’s success, Co-chair Arnold McDonald said: “The event was a resounding success, and on behalf of the Scholarship Committee, I offer sincere thanks to all who gave of themselves to the cause either by contribution to the production or donating so graciously. Most importantly, the organization is on its way to meeting its fundraising goal of Fifty Thousand United States Dollars (US$50,000).”
The David “Wagga” Hunt Scholarship Foundation was established in 2009 to provide scholarships to deserving students of Kingston College and Calabar High School.
David “Wagga” Hunt, a distinguished past student of Kingston College (KC) High School in Jamaica, was co-founder of Meadhaven United Football Club, Former Jamaica National Under-17 Football coach, and KC, Calabar High School (Calabar), and Meadowbrook High School Manning Cup coach. He led Calabar to both the Manning Cup and Oliver Shield titles in 2005, before his untimely passing from a cardiac arrest in October 2007.
DWHF awards scholarships to deserving young men funding their education from grades 8 through 13; covering tuition, books, lunch and other school-related expenses. To date, 34 scholarships valued at J$14 million, have been awarded.