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USA | Atlanta Jamaican Association award student scholarships

President of the Atlanta Jamaica Association (JAA) center is flanked by seven metro Atlanta recipients of the 2017 JAA Scholarship Awards which were presented at the AJA Independence Gala and Scholarship Awards held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Atlanta.  The recipients (l-r) are Natahlia Robinson, Brianna Ramsey, Sierra Hart, Kianna Ennis, Jazz Duncan, Stone Crews and Ghisselle Brown all of Jamaican heritage.  (Photo Derrick Scott) President of the Atlanta Jamaica Association (JAA) center is flanked by seven metro Atlanta recipients of the 2017 JAA Scholarship Awards which were presented at the AJA Independence Gala and Scholarship Awards held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Atlanta. The recipients (l-r) are Natahlia Robinson, Brianna Ramsey, Sierra Hart, Kianna Ennis, Jazz Duncan, Stone Crews and Ghisselle Brown all of Jamaican heritage. (Photo Derrick Scott)
ATLANTA, Georgia, August 15, 2017 - The Atlanta Jamaican Association (AJA) has awarded thirteen educational scholarships to five students in Jamaica and eight to students of Jamaican heritage who reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Jamaican students receiving scholarships are Cadell Green and Joy-Ann Mason who attend the University of Technology, Tiffany Mason who is pursuing studies in Tourism, Dominique Spence who is in the Nursing program at the University of the West Indies, Janiqua Thelwell who is in early childhood education at the Mico University College.

The other eight scholarship awardees who reside in Atlanta are Ghiselle Brown who will study Nursing at Georgia State University, Stone Crews will study computer Science at the University of Georgia, Jazz Duncan will pursue Science and Technology, Keyanna Ennis will pursue Medicine at Emory University, Peter Gai Groves will pursue Marketing and Communication at Florida State University, Brianna Ramsey will attend Mercy University, Natahlia Robinson will study Biology at Kennesaw University while Sierra Hart will attend Washington University where she will major in Linguistic.

The awards were presented at the AJA Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards on Saturday night, August 12, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel. In presenting the awards, President of the AJA, Alan Stewart said the association was pleased to assist with helping to further the education of these worthy students. “Our way of giving back to our country is to provide these scholarships to college bound students both here in Atlanta and in Jamaica,” he said.

Mr. Stewart pointed out that the scholarship program was established in 1995 to assist graduating high school seniors of Jamaican heritage in Atlanta, as well as students in Jamaica to continue their education. He said that to date, the association had given scholarships totaling just over a hundred thousand dollars and had provided individual scholarships of twenty-five thousand dollars each to students facing financial hardship. Mr. Stewart said next year, the association plans to provide funding for full scholarships. Applications are posted on the AJA website at http://www.atlantajamaicanassociation.org.

In her address, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks lauded the AJA for providing scholarships for over the past 22 years to deserving students in Jamaica and Atlanta. “I am heartened that over the past 22 years, you have been steadfast in providing educational opportunities in the form of scholarships to students in Atlanta and Jamaica. It is very commendable that after starting out with just two scholarships in the early days of the association, tonight thirteen students will be the beneficiaries of scholarships from your organization”

The ambassador said she has no doubt that the scholarships awarded over the years have assisted tremendously to advance the educational development of the awardees, some of whom will undoubtedly be among the next generation of leaders.

Ambassador Marks also congratulated the organization for celebrating 40 years of service during which they established a strong organizational foundation and that she believes they are now ready to move the organization to the next level.

Lifetime Membership awards in the Atlanta Jamaica Association were presented to Miss Joy Booth and Mr. Alvin Thomas for over twentyfive years of service to the organization, while founding membership awards went to Dr. Juan Reid, Mr. Neville Barrett, Dr. Noel Erskine and Mrs. Glenda Erskine.

  • Countries: Jamaica