As if we didn’t already know that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is pure class, she confirmed all the reasons we love her when her Pocket Rocket Foundation donated J$700,000 (US$6800+) in scholarships to seven students in Jamaica last week.
The donation underscored many of the things we’ve already seen or recognised in Shelly-Ann, like her firm belief in the power of education to lift someone out of poverty.
Though a graduate of one of Jamaica’s most prestigious secondary schools (Wolmer’s Girls), Shelly-Ann split up the scholarships among student athletes from a mix of schools, from big names like Campion College and Munro College to more humble schools such as Mona High and Papine High – perhaps recognising that sometimes children from impoverished backgrounds like her own might not make it to the top schools but are still deserving of a chance.
And of course, the UTech grad demonstrated that she’s one very smart lady by putting in place systems to try to keep the students focused on their goal. The cash from the scholarships does not go directly to the students or their parents but rather will be disbursed directly to the schools to cover tuition, lunch money, books and other incidentals.
And the Foundation’s President Bruce James added that if the scholars continued to get at least 65 per cent in five or more subjects, the scholarship would be renewed throughout their tenure in high school – yet another incentive to keep their eyes on the prize!