PROUD MOMENT: NICOLE NATION, a four time PALAS recipient receives her special award at Buckingham Palace from Queen Elizabeth today

PALAS News, Published June 24, 2015

Nicole Nation, the 22 y-o medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI-Mona) and four time Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS, Inc.) recipient received her special awards  from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in UK today.

Nicole Nation and Queen Elizabeth
MEDICAL student and Jamaica Observer writer Nicole  is one of two Jamaicans to receive the inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Awards from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace on Monday, June 22.
Nicole is a disability ambassador, and is being recognised for raising funds for projects to assist the disabled community, including a school for the hearing impaired. She provides online content for the Observer's All Woman magazine.

Jerome Cowan is the other recipient of this coveted accolade to represent Jamaica. A total of sixty young leaders from the Commonwealth were selected. Before receiving the award, the winners met UK Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, visit the headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, and meet with senior executives at BBC World Service.

Following the ceremony, they will spend four days in the UK to take part in a residential development programme as part of the award prize. The programme includes workshops at Cambridge University, meetings with UK businesses leaders, and visits to life changing social action projects.
Jerome Cowans said: "I am so happy to be one of the first recipients of the Queen's Young Leaders Award. To be recognised for my work and to be presented with an Award by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace is such a huge honour."

The Exec. Director of PALAS, Rula Brown spoke with Nicole before she departed for the UK and she was very excited about the moment. She was encouraged to enjoy herself and to continue to do the great work. All PALAS Board members congratulated Nicole. 
Nicole Nation Jerome Cowan of JA

PALAS is currently evaluating the applications of over 200 students who applied for a 2015-2016 scholarship and Nicole is expected to be re-awarded. PALAS is urgently seeking donation to support their efforts this year. There was a 48% increase over last year of students applying, of which 38 are medical students.

Please make a donation online at www.PALAS1.org or send a check, payble to  PALAS *P.O Box 5461*Alpharetta, GA 30023 USA Some excepts for this article was taken from Jamaica Observer of June 14, 2015.


Yemalla Edwards, PALAS recipient meets JAMAICA's Ambassador to USA, Stephen Charles Vasciannie in Washington, DC.

PALAS Student News Published 6/19/15

After five weeks of building on his young medical career in Maryland/DC, Yemalla Edwards, the PALAS recipient and UWI-Medical student story caught the attention of Stephen Charles Vasciannie, Jamaica's Ambassador to Washington.


Yemalla meets the JA ambassador in Washington, DC
The ambassador requested to meet Yemalla in person after he viewed recent articles and videos about the inspirational story and his struggles and road to success of the St. Catherine-McCooks Pen student who was homeless in his first year at the University of the West Indies (UWI). 

The meeting was arranged/coordinated by Lorna Kirlew and they met at the Embassy in Washington, D.C. It was a fabulous meeting. Kirlew and Yemalla informed Mr. Vasciannie about the Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS, Inc.) program which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and spearheaded by Rula Brown. The ambassador, expressed amazement of the accomplishments the PALAS team has delivered to date, 187 scholarships in four years. The ambassador was especially impressed when he was informed of the seventy-two scholarships awarded in 2014-2015.

Yemalla  will return to Jamaica on June 19, 2015 to continue his studies at UWI. He aspires to be a Neurosurgeon. Yemalla completed a 5-week intern at a Pediatric Center in Maryland/DC, he also shadowed several other Medical Doctors in various medical facilities.

Yemalla has expressed his appreciation to each and everyone who made this experience a memorable one, he will cherish it forever. 

PALAS goal is to award 125 scholarships in 2015-2016 and is urgently seeking contributions. All donations may be made online at www.PALAS1.org or send a check payable to PALAS, P.O. Box 5461, Alpharetta, GA 30023.



Jamaicans head to Buckingham Palace (MASSIVE CONGRATS) : NICOLE NATION, PALAS Recipient/Medical Student and 25 y-o JEROME COWANS are two Jamaicans to receive the inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Awards from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace next Monday, June 22....Before receiving the award, the winners will meet UK Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street

Sunday, June 14, 2015   
MEDICAL student and Jamaica Observer writer Nicole Nation will be one of two Jamaicans to receive the inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Awards from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace next Monday, June 22.
Nicole Nation Jerome Cowan
Twenty-two-year old Nation is a disability ambassador, and is being recognised for raising funds for projects to assist the disabled community, including a school for the hearing impaired. She provides online content for the Observer's All Woman magazine.
Jerome Cowans, 25, has been recognised for co-founding Leaders Endeavouring for Adolescent Development. The project provides personal development opportunities for young people so they will go on to better futures.
Nicole Nation accepts the Margaret Feldman Academic
 Scholarship from Natasha Campbell at PALAS
Ceremony in JA
Nation and Cowans are among five young people from the Caribbean, and 60 from across the Commonwealth, who will receive the honour "for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities", according to information from the Queen's Young Leaders secretariat.
Before receiving the award, the winners will meet UK Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, visit the headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, and meet with senior executives at BBC World Service.
Following the ceremony, they will spend four days in the UK to take part in a residential development programme as part of the award prize. The programme includes workshops at Cambridge University, meetings with UK businesses leaders, and visits to life changing social action projects.
Jerome Cowans said: "I am so happy to be one of the first recipients of the Queen's Young Leaders Award. To be recognised for my work and to be presented with an Award by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace is such a huge honour."
"I want this to be an inspiration for other young Jamaicans to pursue whatever they are interested in with vigour and commitment," Nation told the Observer.
PALAS Appreciation
 Certifcate
The Queen's Young Leaders Programme was established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of Her Majesty The Queen's 60 years of service to the Commonwealth on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth II of Britain is crowned in
 Westminster Abbey on this day
 in history 1953.
"Guided by the values of the Commonwealth Charter, the goal of the Programme is to enable young people to step up as leaders and improve the lives of people across the Commonwealth," the secretariat said.


"Award winners are aged between 18 and 29 and are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality." more

KINGSTON, JAMAICA (EXCELLENCE, Congrats ) : ROMAIN JONES, an 18-year-old graduate of Campion College, is Versan Educational Services' Top Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) performer for 2015. Romain who scores 2,220/2400 in SAT will be attending Ivy League School Columbia in NY...Jones said he got six scholarship offers and will major in Applied Mathematics

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com  Sunday, June 14, 2015  
ROMAIN Jones, an 18-year-old graduate of Campion College, is Versan Educational Services' Top Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) performer for 2015.
The announcement was made on June 7 at a reception in honour of Jamaican students for whom the organisation was able to secure scholarships to attend Ivy League universities next school year.
Romain Jones and his mother Yvonne Cross
Jones' SAT score was 2,220 out of a possible 2,400.
"I am happy that I got a good score because you need a good SAT score to get into colleges abroad," said Jones, who will be attending Columbia University on a scholarship he was offered by the institution.
Speaking with the Jamaica Observer, Jones said he got six scholarship offers, but went for Columbia and its CP Davis Scholarship because it covered the bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics, which he is most in favour of.
"I chose this degree programme because I have had a passion for mathematics from a long time ago, so it was a natural fit for me to do a degree in mathematics," Jones said.
"I would like to become a professor. I feel that a job as a professor would allow me to pursue my intellectual capacities with the greatest freedom," he continued.
A group of students from Versan who were awarded
scholarships to attend Ivy League universities starting
next school year. (PHOTOS: ASHLI RANDALL)
Asked about opting for an overseas university as opposed to local ones, Jones explained: "I believe universities overseas offer more comprehensive degree packages with better internship opportunities. That's the main reason I went with Versan, doing SATs and applying for a university overseas. Additionally, I wanted to go overseas, get new opportunities outside of Jamaica and experience new cultures."
He graduated from Campion in 2014, but unlike some who "take the year off", Jones wasn't idle during the year.
"I used the time to read and practise for my SAT exams. Additionally, I was working with my physics teacher Bradley Burnett from Campion and I assisted with preparation for Campion's students for Jamaica Mathematics Olympiad in the last year," he said. more

PALAS Extends Online Application Process to June 22, 2015 to accommodate late issuance of transcripts/grades...

Please donate to our scholarship program
The PALAS, Inc. Board voted to extend the Online Application Process by 1 week to Monday, June 22, 2015. Please go to www.PALAS1.org.
The awards presentation will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Visitor's Lodge. NO FURTHER EXTENSION WILL BE OFFERED. 

Dr. Venicia Cruickshank speaks with Rula Brown about PALAS the first to graduate as Medical Doctor 3 years on the program (UWI). Talks about her economic struggles


ABOUT PALAS
UWI Medical student, Venicia Cruickshank is the first student to graduate as a Medical Doctor from the PALAS Program, she has been in the program for 3 years. It has been quite a challenge economicall to complete her degree. In 2014-2015 Venicia received ANN & CHRIS PAYNE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP from PALAS. 

PALAS is a Non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which means your donation/contribution is tax deductible. 

The Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) program was established in December, 2010 after the brutal killing in Portmore, Jamaica of young reggae artist, Vanessa Campbell. An initial scholarship program was created as the SSSJamz/Vanessa Campbell Academic Scholarship to assist high school students from her Alma mater, Bridgeport High School. Please donate online at www.PALAS1.org

AMAZING STORY (JAMAICA) : Yemalla Edwards, Once Homeless UWI Medical Student, now PALAS Recipient and future Neurosurgeon Granted US Multiple Entry Visa…Now Has 2 opportunities for the Summer (2015) in the USA to shadow two Physicians.... In the summer 2014 Yemalla worked enough money in North Carolina, USA and he used all the earnings to purchase a prosthetic leg for him mom who lost her leg from diabetes. She used to be a vendor at Coronation Market in Kingston.

PALAS news by Rula Brown Published April 30, 2015

Once homeless medical student who currently attends UWI-Mona, Yemalla Edwards, recently received a multiple entry Visa to the USA. He will be travelling to Atlanta, Georgia or Maryland, USA on May 16, 2015 to work for 5 weeks in the medical field which will give great stock to his experience/resume.

Yemalla Edwards, after pinning ceremony in 2014  at UWI
This was made possible after Mr. Edwards contacted PALAS Founder/Executive Director, Rula Brown to assist him to procure a Visa to visit the USA. Yemalla and Rula worked the process and subsequently he was awarded a multiple entry visa to the USA.

Yemalla applied for one of the coveted 2014/15 Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) and was successful in his quest.

Rula Brown first met Yemalla at the 2013/14 awards ceremony at the UWI-Mona Campus when he was introduced by one of his instructor, Mr. Blake. At the time Yemalla had just completed his first year with a 3.83/4.00 GPA. He continues to maintain 3.15/4.00 GPA.
 

Yemalla was facing a massive challenge to support himself financially, and for the most part, did not have anywhere to sleep and not much to eat while on campus. He was able to rest his head at nights sleeping at gazebos, stair steps, anywhere there was seat and light on (UWI) campus. His formal home is in Old Harbour, St. Catherine where his mom, who lost one of her leg from diabetes, and seven of his siblings reside. His father drives a water truck in Jamaica.  
In the summer 2014 Yemalla worked enough money in North Carolina, USA and he used all the funds to purchase a prosthetic leg for him mom. When asked what his mom’s reaction was, she happily said, "He (Yemalla) was her first child to go to college, and the first one to fly on a plane." His mom used to sell food products at Coronation market in Kingston.
Rula Brown, PALAS Founder presents Yemalla Edwards
 a computer and PALAS package
 at 2014 UWI presentation  in Jamaica
“Throughout my years I never met a team of people (PALAS) that is so supportive and interested in the well being of students. Mr Brown is one of the few mentors I have; he has helped me to grow personally and to build my confidence. I am now a more bold and assertive person, someone that is more polite and out spoken, previously I was just a shy, reserved individual.” Yemalla said.... “Life is what you make it! Therefore don`t go planting torns and expect to reap oranges.”
Yemalla's unshakable strong faith in God must have directed him to Rula at the UWI campus on August 22, 2013. Subsequently, Rula was able to reach out to a number of friends and listeners to his internet radio show on RulaBrownNetwork.com for support to this brilliant student. Rula was able to donate JA$125,000.00, a place to live at no cost to him, cell phone and a tablet computer that was donated by PALAS advisor, Mr. Patrick Campbell. 

Additionally, Ms. Judy Grant, a sister of PALAS Board member, Jackie Brown offered to let Mr. Edwards reside at her home near UWI-Mona campus. Each month Rula sends Yemalla a small donation to help out with utilities at the home. It has worked out great for him, now that he is able to study under better conditions.

PALAS Board member, Ms. Donna Myrie was very elated when she got the news about Yemalla getting the chance to travel to the states, "God bless you and all who saw fit to extend their support for Mr. Edwards," she said. Reggae artist and PALAS contributor, NOVLETTE FELLOWS aka NOVEL-T said she was jumping for joy when she got the news. I just say, "Thank you Lord, God bless him!  He’s such a worthy student and an example for all of us to take notes from." Despite the seemingly impossible, Yemalla did what he had to do to remain in school and still maintained good grades!

Yemalla Edwards is ready to observe
Neurosurgeon, Dr. Carl Bruce
perform brain surgery operation
 on a cancer patient
at UWI-Hospital in Jamaica
Recently Yemalla was in the operating theater at UWI-Hospital to observe the Caribbean’s best rated neurosurgeon at work, Dr. Carl Bruce do a brain surgery operation on a cancer patient. He was very excited for the opportunity to observe, for the first time such a rare event. He said that he learned so much, it was truly amazing. Yemalla will graduate with his Medical Degree in 2018, ultimately he will specialize as a Neurosurgeon.

In the past 6 months Rula has worked assiduously with Dr. Evelyn Richardson, PALAS Advisor and CEO of the Caribbean Radio Show to secure job opportunity in the medical field for Yemalla. Dr. Richardson efforts resulted in a position for him via one of her associates in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Rula was also able to secure a position for him in Alpharetta, GA with his personal Medical Doctor, Dharmaraj Patil. The goal is to have Yemalla do at least a 5-week internship in Atlanta, GA or Maryland in summer 2015 to shadow these Physicians and learn.  
Lana Walker of Roswell, GA, CEO at Laureate Medical Group Emory University  has been a super supporter of Yemalla, she is helping to secure living accommodations via her networking with Lorna Kirlew in DC/Maryland and Amy Grant in Canada. This clinical exposure will yet again award him another opportunity in 2 years to complete his Fellowship, Residency in Surgery, Post Graduate in Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery. 
Lorna is coordinating and planning to help find residency for Yemalla in Maryland/DC. PALAS board members and Lana Walker will pitch in to purchase his round trip plane fare to and from Jamaica. While if he lands in Maryland/DC Lana is making reservation to lend her support for him to stay for the five weeks.
You might also add that Yemalla's success is an implication and commitment of PALAS' outreach to students who are in desperate need for that financial nudge and assistance to get them over the hardship hurdle. Hence, PALAS is appealing to all, to donate to a worthy cause at www.PALAS1.org and, in doing so; we are ‘Preserving Young Minds for Posterity’. PALAS has awarded 187 scholarships over the past 4 years valued at JA$9.9 million (~US$95,000.00). PALAS goal is to award 125 scholarships/computers in 2015/16. PALAS online application starts May 1, 2015 through June 15, 2015.

You may Partner with PALAS (PWP) by donating a minimum of $350.00 to have a scholarship in your name, loved one or your company each year. We are seeking donations urgently so any amount is appreciated; no amount is too small to contribute to our efforts, $1.00 will go a long way. Please donate online at www.PALAS1.org or Send check to: 

PALAS, PO Box 5461, Alpharetta GA 30023 USA. PALAS is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization, headquartered in Alpharetta, GA. You may also send funds to PALAS via PAYPAL to PALAS at peaceandlovescholarship@gmail.com .....Thank you very much