Gore Scholars Go on to do Great Things:
Phillip and Christine Gore (The Gores) have long made it a mission of theirs to improve the lives of Jamaican youth through providing access to educational and sporting opportunities. The Gores started The Scholarship Fund (TSF) to provide tennis coaching and education to inner-city Jamaican youth who showed promise but lacked adequate resources.
TSF inspired many children from struggling families to dream and achieve big, both on and off the tennis court. Many TSF children have gone on to obtain tennis scholarships to U.S. universities, and are now able to support their families.
Determined to build on the many success stories resulting from TSF, the Gores created The Phillip and Christine Gore Family Foundation (the “Foundation”). The Foundation is primarily focused on supporting Jamaica’s basic school students to ensure that they enter Grade One completely prepared; it also provides a significant amount of scholarships to students at various institutions.
Two former Gore Scholars who are sure to be changemakers are Sherona Forrester and Victoria Grant (pictured).
Sherona, the 2016 Rhodes Scholar of Jamaica, is a former Jamaica international football midfielder for the Reggae Girlz. A woman of many talents, Sherona played netball, football, and basketball competitively at university, and is also an award-winning vocalist.
Sherona has a BSc. in Economics and Statistics from UWI (receiving first class honors while on a sports scholarship), and a Masters Degree in Economics (with distinction) from UWI.
Victoria, who was at the top of her class at UWI as a Gore Scholar (with a 3.94 GPA) was one of 14 Jamaicans recently awarded with a coveted Chevening Scholarship. Victoria has worked as a Civil Engineer with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) for the past three years, and plans to pursue an MSc in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology at Imperial College London.
Victoria intends to bring her talents back to Jamaica where her expertise will allow her to have a positive impact on issues important to the future of our nation, including slope stability and liquefaction.