Announcing the Establishment of The Lisa Gore Seifart Endowment Fund at The University of the West Indies
Gore Development Ltd, one of Jamaica’s leading housing development companies, has long played a vital role in enhancing student access and education through our ongoing partnership with The University of the West Indies (The UWI).
Today, we are proud to announce the establishment of The Lisa Gore Seifart Endowment Fund, which will honour the memory of our daughter, who passed away in July 2020.
This endowment fund will carry on and expand the legacy and crucial work of Dr Lisa Gore Seifart – a successful clinical psychologist who devoted her career to bettering the lives of those dealing with mental health issues.
Although Lisa spent much of her recent years in the USA with her husband and two sons, she always regarded herself as a Jamaican, first and foremost. It was important to Lisa to maintain a close connection to the island, and she made it a point to return each year to the land of her birth. To Lisa Jamaica was home- a place that she loved like no other.
As a Director of the Phillip and Christine Gore Family Foundation, she was able to express her commitment to Jamaica and the Jamaican people by actively guiding the policies and programmers of the Early Childhood projects created schools across the island.
In furtherance of the initiatives and causes that meant so much to her, The Lisa Gore Seifart Endowment Fund will provide annual scholarships to those pursuing degrees in Psychology or related disciplines, either at the undergraduate or graduate level. It will be established with an initial amount of US$100,000, and will exist in perpetuity.
Through the endowment fund, deserving students will be given the opportunity to become the next generation of early childhood teachers and counselors. This will enable Lisa’s work to continue, helping to ensure a healthier, safer and more prosperous future for the nation’s children and young adults.
Phillip and Christine Gore’s longstanding and substantial commitment to improving education in Jamaica has been well recognized by the distinguished America Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI). Indeed, The UWI’s Vice Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles, has noted that our contributions to the field of education are helping the UWI to realize the goal of preparing graduates to effectively address and overcomes the many social challenges that face our communities.
We agree with The UWI that by helping to provide an excellent education. We are offering students a critical pathway to the attainment of success and freedom.