Oshane Dixon was reluctantly preparing to make the tough decision to sit out the final semester of his business administration degree at the University of Technology, after his family just could not come up with the fees. But almost in the nick of time help came to the Retirement, St Ann resident in the form of the Harris Family Vision Foundation.
Dixon said he was grateful for the assistance because had the Harris Family Vision not come to his rescue, he would have been forced to sit out the semester, something he did not want to do.
“I did not want to sit out, and so I am grateful that the Harris Family Vision Foundation was able to assist,” he said as he expressed his appreciation to Dasline and Michael Harris and other members of the foundation, who immediately responded to his need.
His family had suffered immense financial pressure recently, and so Dixon said he would have understood if he had to sit out, although this was the last thing he wanted to do.
As such, Dixon said he was elated when he was told the Foundation would assist him with $20, 000 towards his first payment. However, he was again pleasantly surprised when a representative from the foundation called back to inform him that he would also be the recipient of a bursary which was usually given to a GSAT candidate.
"I was extremely happy," he said of the $50,000 award.
The award was funded by Angela Turner, a board member of the overseas-based Harris Family Vision Foundation, who is a Jamaican nurse living in the United States.
Dixon said he also received further assistance from the Jamaica Labour Party caretaker Zavia Mayne.
"I am also grateful for that," he said.
Although he still has some way to go to complete his payments, Dixon said he could not have reached thus far without the assistance.