Grace Kennedy Douglas Orane Scholarship Essay

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The GraceKennedy Foundation offers nine scholarships:

Named / Endowed Scholarships
  • The GraceKennedy/Jamaica Scholarship, tenable at The University of the West Indies: Available to students who are currently completing CAPE 2 examinations and will be attending the University of the West Indies. (students studying Medicine or Law do not qualify).
  • The GraceKennedy University of Technology Scholarship, tenable at The University of Technology annually.
  • The Carlton Alexander Scholarship: Available to past students of Jamaica College only and tenable in alternate years at The University of the West Indies and the University of Technology.
  • The Rafael Diaz Scholarship for Business: Available to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Social Science at the University of the West Indies.
  • The Douglas Orane Scholarship for Science, Technology Or Engineering: Available to undergraduate students at The University of the West Indies or the University of Technology Jamaica.
  • The Bruce Rickards Scholarship: Available to past students of Kingston College only and tenable in alternate years at The University of the West Indies and the University of Technology.
  • Scholarship to The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts: Available to 2nd - 4th year students studying at any of the four schools (Dance, Music, Drama and Art).
  • Final Year scholarship for students attending UWI/UTECH
  • Caribbean Maritime Institute Scholarship: Available to final year students registered for the Logistics Degree Programme.

Persons who are shortlisted for an interview may qualify for a merit scholarship


I've always had a great love of sports, albeit as a very average performer myself. In my professional life, I've been fascinated by the parallels between the ingredients for success in the sporting arena and those in the world of business. At this event, I shared with my GraceKennedy colleagues some of what I had learnt and applied.


What are the characteristics of a good football team?

At the heart of such a team is cooperation and collaboration - the team works as a fluid, fast-moving entity working together to win.

While individuals on the team may be more gifted players than others, the aim is not to show off singular brilliance, but to work as one unit, giving support where needed, providing cover where this is important, and facilitating the scoring of goals.

While a football team looks very purposeful and coherent from the spectators' stands, the players on the field have a different experience - everyone is watching and moving and talking to each other, forewarning of impending danger and suggesting a possible way out. It sometimes seems chaotic, but it works because everyone understands what his role is and does what he has to do, accepting the authority of the captain and the coach to direct operations not in the interest of any one individual, but in the interest of the team.

2016 reflections

Can we imagine a Jamaica in which our institutions in Government, business, and the professions all function at a world-class level comparable to that of our best sportsmen and women? Very often we miss the parallel. Our sports persons have attained their exceptional levels by dint of hard work, dedication, and the honing of the essential elements required for successful teamwork. There is no reason why we can't transfer those attributes to every other area of public life.

Our society often lacks the self-confidence to aim high in terms of our economic performance. Here, within our midst, is a source of inspiration to reflect on our extraordinary success in the field of sports, where, as a country, we punch way above our weight.

- These are excerpts from Douglas Orane's book - The Business of Nation Building: Excerpts from the Selected Speeches of Douglas Orane - now available islandwide.

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