PwC awards scholarships to top performers in accounting at UWI and UTECH

Kingston, Jamaica, 31, January 2018 – University students Afasha Foster from the University of Technology, Jamaica(UTECH) and Samaro McBean from the University of the West Indies(UWI) are the 2017/18 PwC scholarship winners. The outstanding academics were selected to receive funding for completing Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting. Both scholarships were awarded on Tuesday, January 16 at the PwC Kingston office.

Every year outstanding at least  two young academics from the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology benefit from scholarships funded by PwC. Through its corporate social responsibility programme, the firm is dedicated to promoting academic excellence in Accounting.

“We believe that excellence should be rewarded and celebrated - that is why every year we award scholarships to at least two students who display outstanding academic performance and embody the elements of PwC’s work ethics, which include hard work and dedication,” said Leighton McKnight, Territory Leader for Jamaica. Human Capital Lead Partner Paul Williams added, “The large majority of our recruits annually are from UWI and UTECH, thus we value this important partnership with these premier institutions.”

The PwC scholarship programme has a long history in Jamaica with the first being awarded in 2006. Since then, over 34 students have benefitted, with over $2,000,000 awarded since 2014. The scholarship recipients are also able to participate in an internship initiative which provides them with exposure to the field of Accounting along with mentorship from the firm’s experienced professional accountants. Most of the students go on to gain permanent employment with PwC and rise through the ranks to senior roles. 

Leighton McKnight, PwC Territory Leader (left) offers advice to Samaro McBean (2nd left), Accounting major at UWI and Afasha Foster, Accounting major at UTech. Both are the 2018 PwC scholarship recipients.
Leighton McKnight, PwC Territory Leader (left) offers advice to Samaro McBean (2nd left), Accounting major at UWI and Afasha Foster, Accounting major at UTech. Both are the 2018 PwC scholarship recipients.  Looking on are Partners Paul Williams (2nd right) and Peter Williams. 
2018 PwC scholarship recipients (L-R) Samaro McBean, Accounting major at UWI and Afasha Foster, Accounting major at UTech.
2018 PwC scholarship recipients (L-R) Samaro McBean, Accounting major at UWI and Afasha Foster, Accounting major at UTech.

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