Grace partners with OAS, UWI for scholarship fund

Grace Foods has partnered with the Organization of American States (OAS) and The University of the West Indies (The UWI) to publish the OAS-UWI 75th Anniversary Commemorative Cookbook.

Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will fund the creation of the OAS-UWI 75th Anniversary Commemorative Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund and recipe book were officially launched by OAS Assistant Secretary General Ambassador Nestor Mendez last Thursday at the UWI Social Sciences Lecture Theatre.

The partnership is part of celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of both the OAS and The UWI.

The cookbook features 75 recipes that celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean and other OAS member states.

Jeanelle van GlaanenWeygel, Jamaica’s resident representative, OAS, praised both Grace Foods for its generous support and long-time OAS partner, The UWI, particularly the Faculty of Social Sciences, for helping to make this recipe book a reality.

“We are pleased to have Grace Foods as a partner. GraceKennedy has long been a strong and reputable household brand that is known for providing quality food products,” said the OAS representative. “The company is also a big proponent of education and supports numerous educational initiatives. We are happy that they saw it fit to be a part of our 75th anniversary celebration and to help us with the resources to launch the scholarship fund.”

According to Frank James, CEO, GraceKennedy Foods Domestic, the decision to support the OAS and The UWI with the resources to develop a scholarship fund was indeed an easy one.

“As corporate citizens we are always excited to support educational initiatives. This 75th anniversary is a major milestone for the OAS and The UWI and we wanted to share in the celebration and be a part of the rich history and legacy of these two great institutions,” said James.

The cookbook has already been published and is available at The UWI Bookshop on the Mona campus and in the OAS Giftshop at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, United States.

The scholarship fund is to assist students in need at The UWI, Mona campus, to complete their final year of studies. The scholarship is open to students in the Faculty of Social Sciences, who are citizens of OAS member states.

“The Faculty of Social Sciences is thrilled to highlight the robust partnership and unwavering cooperation that has flourished between The University of the West Indies, Mona and the esteemed Organization of American States.

” This collaboration is strong evidence of the commitment of both institutions to advancing education, research and diplomacy in the Caribbean region,” said Dr Lisa Vasciannie, associate dean, Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation, FSS, UWI Mona.