First-year York University students, Lekeeya Kinghorn and Tia Cardoza, were presented with scholarships from Arts & Culture Jamaica (ACJAM) last week. The presentations were made at the Jamaica consulate in Toronto.
Kinghorn is studying film production while Cardoza is enrolled in the communications program. Three weeks ago, they were among a group of students who received Markham African Caribbean Association (MACA) bursaries.
“It’s great to know that community organizations are assisting young people like us realize our dreams by providing us with much needed financial help,” said Kinghorn who graduated from Emily Carr Secondary School in Woodbridge. “That’s why I am so grateful for this honour.”
The winner of Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations, Jamaica Ex-Soldiers Association Canadian chapter and LaRocca Memorial bursaries in the last six months, Kinghorn is eyeing a career as a director, cinematographer and screenwriter.
“I have always seen film as a medium that I could use to articulate myself and my stories,” she said.
Cardoza graduated from Milliken Mills High School in Markham.
“This award means a lot and I really appreciate every bit of financial support to help me achieve my academic goals,” she said.
The ACJAM has, so far, presented 28 scholarships. The organization’s founding president, Paula de Ronde, joined Jamaica’s consul general and ACJAM patron, George Ramocan, in congratulating the winners.
“These are two marvelous candidates,” said de Ronde. “I am, however, surprised at the number of applicants as opposed to the number of students we know who are out there and could benefit from these awards. We advertise these scholarships in high schools and community organizations and we wish more young people would apply for (them).”