SHANROY Dennis, a 23-year-old past student of the Glenmuir High School in Clarendon, is the inaugural recipient of the $4-million Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Renewable Energy Scholarship tenable at the University of Technology (UTech).
Dennis, who is pursuing a master of science degree in renewable energy engineering, will have the full cost of tuition covered for the duration of his postgraduate programme.
Boasting an impressive track record of excellence in academics, he graduated from Glenmuir High School with honours and 10 distinctions in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations and went on to earn an additional 10 distinctions in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations.
Dennis attended UTech on a Glencore Scholarship where he was on the Faculty of Engineering’s Honour Roll for all four years of his undergraduate programme and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours. He was named a Sagicor Inspire Project Future Leader in 2016 and was the recipient of the Jamaica Institute of Engineers Award for the Most Outstanding Jamaican Engineering Student in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at UTech in 2017.
In addition to his academic achievements, Dennis was also actively involved in extra-curricular activities and student affairs at UTech, serving as first vice- president and director of communications of the Engineering Student’s Council, captain of the School of Engineering’s cricket team and a member of the UTech Rotaract Club.
The scholar was officially introduced by the PCJ at a luncheon which was held on Wednesday at the PCJ Auditorium in Kingston. While addressing the function, PCJ Chairman Russell Hadeed said, “The PCJ is very pleased to award this scholarship to Mr Dennis as he furthers his academic pursuits. We wish him every success and we hope that he will use the knowledge gained through his studies to contribute to his country’s development.”
In response, Dennis said: “I am sincerely thankful to be awarded the PCJ Renewable Energy Scholarship. Through this award, I am now able to complete my master of science degree in renewable energy engineering, which will not only fuel my personal development but also equip me with the requisite knowledge and skill set to contribute to Jamaica’s renewable industry.”
“Congratulations to our scholar, Mr Shanroy Dennis; I cannot over-stress the importance of renewable energy in the strategy to achieve energy security as a nation, and I know that he will use this opportunity to make a solid contribution to Jamaica’s energy sector in the future,” Dr Andrew Wheatley, the energy minister, told the luncheon.
“I commend the Petroleum Corporation Jamaica and the University of Technology for conceptualising and implementing the PCJ Renewable Energy Scholarship and I look forward to reaping the fruits coming out of this symbiotic relationship,” he added.
The PCJ Renewable Energy Scholarship will be offered annually to a postgraduate student seeking to pursue a master’s degree in renewable energy at the UTech’s School of Engineering. The university will shortly be inviting applications for the 2018/19 scholarship.