Lady Who Dropped Out of School When She Got Pregnant Finally Makes It, Now Gives Out Scholarships in Dollars

Lady Who Dropped Out of School When She Got Pregnant Finally Makes It, Now Gives Out Scholarships in Dollars

  • Kerine Davis is the founder of Ocho Rios College, a school she started with 40 students
  • Before establishing the college, she operated a taxi business and later opened an internet café - T&G Employment Agency and Document Centre
  • Ocho Rios College now offers a wide range of courses, including hospitality, business, and medicine

Despite being raised in a ''ghetto,'' Kerine Davis has risen to become the founder of a college providing and imparting training and knowledge to its students.

Her school, Ocho Rios College, has a reputation for giving out millions of dollars worth of scholarships to underprivileged people.

The majority of the scholarship recipients are from her native country Jamaica.

Meet the Former Taxi Operator who Now Owns a College that Gives Scholarships to the Less Privilege
Kerine Davis owns a college that gives scholarships to poor people. Photo credit: Face2Face Africa
Source: UGC

Giving out scholarships

During their last graduation of this year, Davis gave away 40 scholarships to the 40 graduands.

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"I told them to find somebody in their community and give the scholarships to," she told The Beacon.

Davis, a former school dropout herself, believes that was her way of giving back and reaching out to deprived people.

She was raised by a disciplinarian dad, who ensured that she and her three other siblings kept in line but had to drop out of school when she got pregnant in Grade 10.

I was pregnant at a young age

Her education was temporarily truncated after childbirth as her parents did not have money to send her back to school.

She explained that her parents were not rich though they tried their best as long as they were responsible for them.

She said:

"Once I got pregnant, I had to start taking on life by myself."

Davis was compelled to go job hunting to fend for herself and her newborn baby and was lucky to land a job in a restaurant.

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Kerine's dedication paid off

Her dedication and commendable customer service earned her a publication in the Jamaican newspaper, which became the turning point.

Davis soon landed a job at Sandcastles Resort in Ocho Rios. She used her saving to venture into the transport industry by purchasing a Toyota Caldina motorcar to start a taxi business.

Davis eventually went back to school, graduating with certificates in nursing and business administration.

A successful businesswoman

As a business-oriented woman, she added another venture to her taxi business, an internet café - T&G Employment Agency and Document Centre.

Davis realised that many people who patronised her service at her internet café lacked basic skills and would assist them.

Through helping people, she decided to start a college.

"I started [the college] from helping people who came to the internet café," she told The Beacon.

Davis started Ocho Rios College with 40 students, and now her college offers a wide range of courses, including hospitality, business, and medicine.

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Lady became taxi driver because of N5,000

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a 22-year-old lady, Lucia Osamo, revealed that she became a taxi driver because she could not afford N5,000 to register for JAMB.

In an exclusive interview with Legit TV’s Temitope Wuraola, she said that she sometimes gets hit on by some of her male customers who would say that she is too pretty to be doing her kind of work.

Narrating one of her experiences with a female customer, she said when she showed up, the lady asked where the original driver is.


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