Since its founding in 1981, the Byron Robinson Educational Foundation has practised its motto, “Finding Better Ways to Serve God, Man, and Country.” It provides financial and educational support to economically bereft college and graduate students and avails them of the opportunity to pursue higher education in international settings, in the hope that their experiences and education will make them better citizens and stronger contributors to their home countries and to the world.
Annually, the Byron Robinson Educational Foundation awards 65 individual scholarships, to bright, hardworking students in Jamaica, Trinidad, and the United States. These scholarships widen students’ access to higher education and have a particular impact in developing countries. In Jamaica, for instance, the annual per capita income in 2008 was US$4,870. Students may receive tuition-only scholarships or tuition-plus-expenses scholarships. depending on their individual needs.
The Byron Robinson Educational Foundation has also awarded scholarships to outstanding faculty members, as well as incentives for faculty members to pursue continuing education in an international setting.
The foundation also awards funds to educational institutions and religious organizations, primarily in the area of capital improvement. The Foundation’s greatest contribution in this area, to date, has been the funding of Robinson Hall, a 55,000 square-foot building located on the serene campus of Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica. The building, originally dedicated for the use of the university’s business program, was opened in 1998 and now serves 6,700 students annually,
The Foundation was also a primary contributor to the construction of the, 50,000 square-foot, Hiram S. Walters Learning Center at Northern Caribbean University.