She exudes confidence and a strong sense of determination. Her positive attitude overshadows all the financial obstacles that have come her way at every stage of her university life. Having completed her law degree with first class honours, Kerri-Ann Mew is in her final year at the Norman Manley Law School on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and she is a 2013 recipient of the Victoria Mutual Building Society Head Start Master Plan Scholarship, valued at $150,000.
“Success for me means always making a plan and having faith. When I was completing my law degree, sometimes I didn’t know where the money would come from. At UWI you can’t sit exams if you don’t have financial clearance,” she recalls. She adds, “VMBS has been in my life from the start. My first account was with VMBS. I received a gift certificate in prep school when I was a part of the team that won the KFC Quiz show. Since then, I have received several scholarships from VMBS. I even got opportunities to work there during the summer. They have a special place in my heart.”
President and CEO of Victoria Mutual, Richard Powell, says the institution strongly believes in giving young savers a firm educational foundation. “We are aware that one of our roles in the wider society is to facilitate, promote and support education, as it is critical to national development.”
Applications for 2014 opened on March 24 and will close on July 18. For further information on VMBS ‘Head-Start’ Scholarships and Bursaries and to download an application form, go to www.vmbs.com.