April 2024 Volume 20

Jaydon Hibbert Awards five scholarships to Kingston College

Reprinted from Jamaica Observer
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Jaydon Hibbert, world U-20 Triple Jump record holder, has established the Leaps and Bounds Foundation which will distribute scholarships in a bid to support the education of students at his alma mater, Kingston College.

According to a release on Tuesday, Hibbert presented a cheque worth $780,000 to Kingston College Principal Dave Myrie at an event held on the school grounds on Thursday, March 21, 2024. The money is to be awarded to five students, each set to receive $156,000 to cover tuition fees, books and other expenses for a full academic year.

Among the scholarship recipients were Aaron McKenzie and Daquan Dawkins, both jumpers who competed at the recently concluded ISSA/Grace Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships, where Kingston College won its 35th title.

The other scholarship recipients are second-form students Jehu Green, Joshua Lewin, and Ricadeen Wilkins.

Hibbert, the first Jamaican and the youngest ever to be awarded the highest US collegiate honour, the Bowerman, lauded Kingston College for instilling in him the value of giving back.
“The act of giving back was instilled in me during my time at Kingston College, so now, the Leaps and Bounds Foundation is committed to maximising the potential of the youth here, with the focus of providing scholarships annually,” he said. “To all recipients, I encourage you to stay focused, stay humble and stay thankful. I believe in your future and your personal growth here at this great institution.”

Principal Myrie applauded Hibbert for making the scholarships available to students beyond the athletic community.

“While some may choose to support the athletic community only, he has extended his scholarships to other students, and for that, I must commend Jaydon. During his time at Kingston College, he excelled academically, achieving distinctions in various subjects, including French. We take pride in his achievements.” he added.

Hibbert, who is currently under a professional contract with Puma, took the opportunity to thank his sponsors.

“I want to thank Puma for investing in me and my foundation and I hope to do this annually with their continued support.”

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