ABIGAIL RILEY of XLCR High, 16 y-o Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) recipient to represent JAMAICA in its first U-19 international floor hockey tournament in POLAND

Abigail Riley, PALAS recipient
April 22, 2014- PALAS student news 
(Kingston, Jamaica)

Sixteen year old Abigail Riley of Excelsior High School has been selected to represent Jamaica in a floor hockey tournament in Poland.

Abigail's trip to Poland to represent Jamaica in it's first U-19 international tournament. Jamaica is new to this derivative of floor hockey and her involvement and role on the team is key. She is the goalkeeper and has learnt very quickly says the coach. 

They are scheduled to leave Jamaica on Thursday, 24th of April to Poland for 10 days. 
Floor Hockey

Abigail is a standout student in the PALAS program, she has excellent grades in school. She plays football and is also a track athlete at Excelsior High School. The PALAS board wishes Abigail and the team the very best on their trip to Poland.

IN JAMAICA: PALAS Scholarship recipient and Medical student at UWI, Nicole Nation Disabilities Awareness Activist -...Wins Autism Foundation Award....Tops NSWMA All-Island Essay Competition

The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation is happy to announce that 18-year-old Nicole Nation is the overall winner of the inaugural Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors competition. The competition is one of the main efforts of the Foundation to help heighten awareness of autism and other disabilities. The competition was staged between January and April, global autism month.
Ms Nation won for her efforts in lifting the awareness of autism through writing letters to the newspaper, published in the Jamaica Observer, calling for more tolerance for the disabled and for writing poems about the plight of the disabled, published in The Sunday Gleaner. more

IN JAMAICA: Yemalla Edwards, once homeless medical student at University of the West Indies (UWI) pinned at ceremony after financial struggles and getting massive support from PALAS. Student had 3.85/4.00 GPA in first year and is now doing very well at UWI.....his mother, a vendor at Coronation Market, and his father, a minimum wage worker, Edwards pushed himself to achieve even more as he is propelled by an unshakeable faith in God.

Yemalla Edwards after pinning
 ceremony at UWI
UNIVERSITY of the West Indies (UWI) student Yemalla Edwards is on his way to realizing his dream of becoming a medical doctor.

Yemalla was pinned as a full fledged Medical student at the UWI- Mona Campus on Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was very excited about the reality of being closer to milestone as a Medical Doctor. Before this, Yemalla struggled financially to support himself while in school. He relates the times when he was homeless on campus while sporting a 3.85/4.00 GPA in his first year in med school. 

One early morning at about 2:30 am, campus police found him sleeping under a stairway....he was quickly awakened by the police shouting out, he must be a homeless man on campus. Luckily his student ID saved him from the embarrassment he said, later that morning he went to class.

A friend Brian (L), Yemalla (C) and Teacher Mr. Blake (R)
PALAS Executive Director, Rula Brown met Yemalla on August 22, 2013 at UWI near a lecture theater as he was making preparations for PALAS awards ceremony for 60 students. One of Yemalla's teacher, Mr. Blake, saw Brown speaking to five persons interested to know about PALAS. Blake decided to call Yemalla from a class room to acquaint himself with the scholarship program..... 

Approx. three months later Mr. Edwards received assistance from PALAS of JA$125,000.00, a cell phone, a place to reside across the street from UWI at no cost. Thanks to a good samaritan, Ms. Judy Grant  in Atlanta, Georgia whom Rula reached out to for help and she gracefully said yes.... he is very happy there at his new home. He also received a tablet computer (shown in photo with him) complements of PALAS adviser, Mr. Patrick Campbell. He will graduate with his Medical Degree in 2018. Read about Mr. Edward's story from recent Jamaica Observer article published on Oct 13, 2013. more


Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS), 100 scholarships &
100 computers for 2014. Please donate at www.PALAS1.org or send a 
check payable to PALAS. PO Box 5461, Alpharetta GA 30023.

IN JAMAICA: PALAS recipient and former XLCR Head Boy, RYAN SWEENEY among 10 students who participated in the 2014 Model United Nations forum at HARVARD UNIVERSITY........UWI on show at Harvard forum...."I am very confident that they will not just represent the UWI, Mona, but Jamaica on a whole very well,"

Ryan Sweeney, PALAS.
One of the first 13 PALAS recipient
in 2011 who is still in the program. 
He attends UWI-Mona.
THE University of the West Indies' Department of Government, Mona is expecting major returns on its investment in 10 students and a lecturer who represented the institution at this year's Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) in Boston, Massachusetts.
The students and UWI lecturer in the Department of Government Dr Omar Hawthorne left the island last week for the United States to participate in the 2014 Model United Nations forum which ended on Sunday.
Head of the Department of Government
at Mona Dr Lloyd Waller (second right);
Senior Assistant Registrar at UWI
Michelle Ashwood Stewart (third right),
and Dr Omar Hawthorne (fourth right),
lecturer in the Department of Government,
 Mona, with the 10 students who
represented the campus at the
 Harvard National Model United Nations
 in Boston, Massachusetts.
"I am very confident that they will not just represent the UWI, Mona, but Jamaica on a whole very well," said Head of the Department of Government Dr Lloyd Waller.
"The department is seriously focused on broadening the scope of our students' engagements, locally and internationally. The more practical exposure, the better. This is absolutely critical to ensuring that our students are well rounded and ready for the world, no matter where they go," Dr Waller added.
HNMUN serves as a forum in which students from colleges and universities around the globe meet, in a United Nations format, to discuss the most pressing challenges facing the world today. Top performers are awarded at the end for their efforts. This year participants will address a number of issues, including drug decriminalisation and Latin American-European Union trade relations. The UWI students say their objective is to help the institution reclaim the accolade of "best university in the region". more