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Steer town scholarship recipient vows to get out of poverty

Monday, June 11, 2018

Shantoy Howard cried tears of joy last Monday when it was announced that she is the 2018 recipient of the Ex-police Officers Association scholarship.

Howard, who attends Steer Town Primary and Junior High, said that she was happy to be receiving the scholarship being offered by the South Florida chapter of the Ex-police Officers Association.

“I feel happy,” she told the Jamaica Observer North & East after she was presented with the scholarship.

The Ex-police Officers Association of South Florida, which consists of former members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force living in South Florida, awards a scholarship annually during their visit to the island. Following work at the station on Monday, the ex-cops awarded the scholarship to Howard.

The 11-year-old student, who will be heading to high school September, said she is determined to end her struggle and break the cycle of poverty in her family.

Jacqueline Mullings, vice principal of Steer Town Primary and Junior High School, expressed joy that Howard won the scholarship.

“I never knew that I would become speechless. I'm really grateful. I'm happy for her,” an ecstatic Mullings said.

She also saw the awarding of the scholarship to Howard as a major boost to the school's public image.

“We have proven that good things are coming out of Steer Town. We appreciate the people who have made this possible,” she added.

Three other scholarships were also awarded to students at the school who applied.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Stacy-Ann Green said based on the needs of other students, members of the three-member panel which chose the scholarship recipients decided to offer assistance to a student.

“We saw some very brilliant children and so we know the future looks bright,” DSP Green said.

— Renae Dixon