400m hurdle standout, Marvin Williams is this year’s recipient of the Digicel MVP Grassroots Athletics Programme Scholarship.
The scholarship is a part of the companies’ track and field training programme which sees over 600 high school students being taught the necessary technical skills to excel in the sport.
Valued at one million dollars and tenable at the University of Technology (UTECH), the scholarship is awarded to a participant of the programme who shows both promising talent in track and field and is also excelling academically.
“Our next generation stars are striking an outstanding balance in both sports and academics, therefore it is important that we reward this. We want our students to recognise that their future is not only in sport but also in academics,” said Kamal Powell, Senior Sponsorship and Development Manager at Digicel.
Certainly Williams is striking the balance with 7 CXC subjects tucked under his belt as well as many accolades in his time as a hurdler. He is the first and still only Jamaican boy to win the 400m hurdles gold medal at the IAAF World Youth Championship (2013), he went on to win the silver medal in the 400m hurdles at this year's Boys Champs and has the distinction of being the third fastest boy in the world in the 400m hurdles for 2015 with a time of 49.90 seconds.
The St. Elizabeth Technical High School graduate has already begun his studies at the UTECH where he is reading for a degree in Tourism Management.
Not to be left out, Williams has also continued training in track and field under the watchful eyes of world renowned coach, Stephen Francis of the MVP Track and Field Club.
“I am really thankful to Digicel for giving me this opportunity. The grassroots programme was very beneficial to me and to be receiving this scholarship is a plus. I will not only be able to attend university but I will also be able to train with MVP, which truly the best of both worlds,” shared a pleased Williams.