FCA and CNH Industrial award 131 High School, Technical and Higher Education students in the 22nd edition of the Education Award
November 21, 2018 - The more serious countenance and apparent nervousness left no hint that we were in front of a veteran. Yes, for Jairo José de Paula, Manufacturing analyst at FCA, the Education Award is all too familiar. A father of four, in 2010, he saw his eldest, Caroline, a Biology major, take home the award in the category of Higher Education. His second daughter, Jessica, got recognition in the High School category, for the good grades she earned during her technical training in Chemistry.
After eight years, another double score. Jessica, now 27, was back on the podium, but this time, in the Higher Education category. Joyce, 25, also got an award in the same category as her sister. As former students of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Joyce studied Metallurgical Engineering and Materials, and Jessica, Medicine.
Their father says that the feeling that remains is of having accomplished a mission. "My children only give me pride. Because Jessica's course is longer and Joyce spent a year abroad through the Science Without Borders program, I was fortunate to see the two receive the award together. I feel at peace because I believe they are ready, ready to face the world", said Jairo.
It was over the phone through her father that Jessica received the news that she and her sister were among the winners of this year's award. "The first thing I did was to thank him and my mother for bringing us up so well and for working very hard to keep us in good schools. It was pure happiness" she described. And Joyce added, "It's a privilege to be able to study. My father didn't have the same financial conditions as we did and could not dedicate his time exclusively to school. I am grateful for this opportunity, and I hope to make my family even more proud".
The sisters were part of a group of 131 students honored at the 22nd edition of the Education Prize, held on October 30, at the Minas Tênis Clube Cultural Center Theater in Belo Horizonte. High school graduates received R$ 4,000 and those in higher education received R$ 8 thousand each.
The award was created in 1997, now held in several countries where FCA and CNH Industrial are present, with the aim of encouraging education. The winners are selected among the children of employees, based on their performance throughout the school and academic life. Since its first edition, more than 2 thousand students in Brazil have been the recipients of such award. The total value accumulated in prizes for the period is approximately R$ 10 million.