PALAS awards honours top students with J$3.6 million scholarship....Hon. Lisa Hanna & Attorney Patrick Campbell delivered powerful messages to 72 awardees. Winsome Benjamin sang her heart out to a capacity audience and Daddy UROY presented 10 of the scholarships (JAMAICA OBSERVER 9/7/14)....PALAS goal is to award 125 scholarships in 2015-2016 in JAMAICA.

by Cecelia Campbell-Livingston (Jamaica Observer 9/7/14)

NOW in its fourth year, the Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) Awards were presented at the Chemistry Lecture Theatre of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Rula Brown presents appreciation certificate to Lisa Hanna
Seventy-two grateful students from secondary and tertiary institutions were presented with scholarship packages for the 2014/15 academic year.
PALAS Director Patrick Campbell, now a successful attorney in the United States, told the awardees that he is a product of "Mountain View, below Jarrett Lane" and he made it.
"I see myself in all of's not where you came from, it's where you are going," he said. Campbell offered pointers for success to the students, advising them to make time for their studies and never to allow their circumstances to dictate their future.
"Don't let other people set your limit; be determined to do what you want to do. Set your goals and set them high. Emulate successful people, live with principles and integrity, give back to your community, appreciate all the best things in life," were his sage words.
Gold Star winner, Maria Attarwala receives
 Alex Panton Academic Scholarship 

from Lisa Hanna's son Alex Panton
His sentiments were echoed by the keynote speaker, Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, who encouraged awardees to be "courageous, leaving nothing to chance".
"It will take courage [and] unapologetic refusal to have anyone nozzle your voice. I can't tell you how to find it, but... commit to excellence, ensuring you serve others. Be the change you want to see in the world; when truth is on your side one is a majority," she said.
Hanna also urged students to follow their convictions. "Get involved in something, enjoy it, make mistakes -- it's OK, get comfortable in your skin. Ladies, discover yourselves, focus on your own desires and goals, get your heart broken, you will get over it. Embark on new journey... you have it in you," she encouraged.
Winsome Benjamin(L), Natasha & Patrick Campbell, 
Rula Brown, AnnP & PALAS board member
 Milton Galloway
PALAS founder Rula Brown broke down in tears while addressing the gathering. He spoke of one of the outstanding recipients, Yemalla Edwards, who for a while was homeless but still maintained great grades as a first-year medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Brown finally managed to get the words out: "If he can do it, you can all do it. Don't give up," before a fresh wave of tears overcame him.
Daddy URoy presents to 
UWI student, Mishae Kinlocke
Special mention was made of the gold star winners, who impressed with their grades and essays and received laptops/tablets.
Javanney Campbell of Clan Carthy High School emerged top high school awardee, while Maria Attarwala, medical student at UWI, was the gold star winner for the tertiary level.
The total value of the scholarships handed out was J$3.6 million. PALAS awarded 187 scholarships in the past 4 years valued J$9.8 million, and their goal is to award 125 scholarships and 125 computers to the 2015-2016 scholarship recipients.
—by Cecelia Campbell-Livingston (Jamaica Observer 9/7/14). more

IN JAMAICA: 30 years old, Coswell Barnett, Blind and Brilliant - Spanish Teacher Excels At Clan Carthy High School Despite Visual Impairment....PALAS Gold Star student, Javanney Campbell figured prominently

Corey Robinson, Staff Reporter Published: Sunday | January 11, 2015
At 30 years old, Coswell Barnett is as respected and revered by his students as much as any of his teaching colleagues at the Clan Carthy High School in St Andrew, and it is not just because he is blind...
Coswell Barnett (right) having fun with his young charges.
Coswell Barnett (right) having fun with his young charges.
Somehow, Barnett, a Spanish teacher who makes his way from staffroom to classroom with the help of a cane, has found a way to connect with his students, to gain and maintain their interest even while not being able to see their faces.
And he does this while assisting them to distinctions in Spanish at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level, pushing them to 11 medals at annual Spanish festivals, and while helping to prepare the school's quiz team.
Javanney Campbell of Clan Carthy
receives his PALAS package from
veteran DJ UROY at PALAS event
As for the students, they show Barnett the respect he deserves because he deals with them like 'a real man'; he can identify each of them by name - with just one sentence they utter - his classes usually include the timeless high-school practice of desk drumming and singing, albeit in a foreign language, and maybe it's his story of perseverance against the odds.
"It's really about letting the students know that there is another way out in life apart from the negativity," Barnett told The Sunday Gleaner.
"Most of the students who I teach, and have taught, are from the inner-city communities. But I speak to them like 'a real man', a man from humble beginnings, and they are able to relate to me," said Barnett.
Proud students flank their teacher, Coswell Barnett, and display some of the certificates which he has helped them to achieve.
Proud students flank their teacher, Coswell Barnett, and
display some of the certificates which he has helped them to achieve.
"Especially the females, I say to them, 'look, you don't want to leave school not achieving at least a formal education at this level and become pregnant'.
"Because that is the reality of the lives of many young girls today. And for the males, I tell them, 'you don't want to end up becoming a don', because that is the order of the day in their neck of the woods," said Barnett. more

PALAS Medical Student, NICOLE NATION: The ABCs of making your time at university count.... A -- activism, B -- boundaries, C -- cardio (as in exercise), D -- diversity and more...

BY NICOLE NATION Career & Education writer  Sunday, November 23, 2014    
THE last time many of us revised our ABCs was when we were in kindergarten. But this simple concept can be applied to tertiary education. How? Concepts such as philanthropy, friendship and networking will come alive by the use of the alphabet as a mnemonic. By following this simple but comprehensive outline you will be able to make the most of your university experience.
A -- activism
A rest stop with friends in Clarendon, on our way
 to YS Falls in St Elizabeth.
It is important that you learn the importance of being active and being involved in your community. As one of the educated members of the Jamaican society it is also expected of you as a citizen! Individuals will look to you for leadership and when they knock, answer the call.
B -- boundaries
It is important that while you are at university you know your boundaries and limits. Respect the boundaries of others as well, both personal and otherwise. Know your limits and play within them. You don't always recognise your limits until you go beyond them, then you have to take a few steps back.
C -- cardio (as in exercise)
Nicole Nation, 3 times PALAS recipient
Keeping yourself in good health is important. Spending time each week to stay in shape is a great way to preserve your health so that you can live a fruitful life, especially when you do graduate which is where life really begins. Make it a point to schedule regular exercise with friends, whether its watching a video online or jogging around the campus with a friend.
D -- diversity
The campus is a rich microcosm of society. Without even leaving campus you can interact with so many persons from so many different nationalities. more

Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) Board sets goal to award 125 scholarships and 125 computers to students in the Caribbean in 2015....Estimated value is US$90,000 (J$9.9 million).
Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) Board sets goal to award 125 scholarships and 125 computers to students in the Caribbean in 2015....Estimated value is US$90,000 (J$9.9 million). PALAS awarded 187 scholarships to students in Jamaica in the past 4 years. Please donate or Send a check Payable to PALAS *P.O Box 5461*Alpharetta, GA 30023 USA

Award winning actor, PAUL CAMPBELL narrates PALAS Fundraiser efforts. You may donate online at or please send a check to PALAS, P.O Box 5461, Alpharetta, GA 30023-5461 USA.

Organisation of American States (OAS) scholarships up for grabs Education officer urges JAMAICANS to make use of opportunity....between 2007 and 2014, more than 185 Jamaicans have benefited from OAS scholarships.

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter  Tuesday, November 11, 2014    
FOREIGN language education officer in the Ministry of Education, Martha Corbett Baugh has issued a call for more Jamaicans to take advantage of the Organisation of American States (OAS) scholarships that are up for grabs each year.
Martha Corbett Baugh (second right), foreign language
education officer in the Ministry of Education, addressing
yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange.
Also photographed are (from left) Iris Soutar, executive
director, Jamaica Association for the Deaf; Jeanelle van
GlaanenWeygel, representative, Organisation of A
merican States, Office of the General Secretariat in
Jamaica; Michael Tucker, executive director, National
 Council on Drug Abuse Secretariat; and Violet Crutchley,
 craft development specialist at the Tourism Product
 Development Company. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)
Addressing editors and reporters at the weekly Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange yesterday, Corbett Baugh said that, while the scholarships are available each year, the information regarding accessibility is not properly circulated.
"There is lack of proper circulation of information. The scholarships are advertised through the Ministry of Finance and the OAS puts an advertisement in the newspapers, which gives you links and invites candidates to do proper follow-up," said Corbett Baugh, who has benefited from the programme.
According to Jeanelle van GlaanenWeygel, OAS representative at the Office of the General Secretariat in Jamaica, an agreement between the University of the West Indies and the OAS has been in place since 2007 that allows Caribbean students to access scholarships.
"Over 150 OAS scholarship recipients pursued academic studies at UWI since 2007 (when the OAS-UWI co-operation agreement was signed). During that time, UWI offered over US$1 million in tuition waivers to OAS scholarship recipients," she said.
Van GlaanenWeygel later added that, between 2007 and 2014, more than 185 Jamaicans have benefited from OAS scholarships.
But Corbett Baugh said there is a great disadvantage for Jamaican citizens, because not everyone reads the newspapers, nor has the patience to follow through with the instructions for applying for the scholarships.
Moreover, Corbett Baugh explained that, while the instructions and application processes are lengthy, help is available at the OAS office to complete the paperwork and make the deadlines. more

PALAS Students making big strides in JAMAICA: 5 of Jamaica's promising UWI graduates under 25...Nicole Nation, medical student and author of this article & Steven Jackson, Lawyer, whose roots are from Jarrett Lane (Mtn View Ave) are both PALAS recipients.

BY NICOLE NATION Career and Education writer  for the Jamaica Observer Sunday, November 09, 2014    
THEY'RE five of Jamaica's influential youngsters, representative of what the country's youth are capable of. These young Jamaicans and University of the West Indies (UWI) graduates are smart and full of ideas, proving that the future of Jamaica is bright.
Steven Jackson
Steven Jackson Tariq Parker
At just 22, Kingstonian Steven Jackson is the proud holder of a UWI honours degree in law. It is said that Sagittarian men are wise intellectuals and this can be said of Jackson, who even as a Kingston College student, demonstrated great promise as evidenced by his insatiable thirst for knowledge. His friends say he would never miss an opportunity to win an argument, even if his views weren't popular.
Jackson has interned with prestigious law firms including Bailey, Terrelonge and Allen, and Swaby-Samuels and Associates, where he assisted some of the Caribbean's best legal minds in the preparation of cases for the Supreme Court of Jamaica, the Family Court and the Resident Magistrate's courts. His diverse skill set proved to be valuable in that he also prepared legal material for media presentations as well as accounting documents for clients.
He works with Professor Verene Shepherd on the Nationwide News Network programme Talking History.
This go-getter is also the treasurer of the Mona Law Society and a mentor in the society's 'Save the Males' initiative. Jackson also has vocal prowess as he is the head chorister of the esteemed Kingston College Chapel Choir.
Tariq Parker
Malysha Kelly Yanique DaCosta
Nicole Nation, PALAS recipient
& Medical student at UWI
received a BSc degree in Science
 with honors in Oct 2014.
She will receive her Medical degree
in 2 years from UWI.
Twenty-three-year-old Tariq Parker vividly recalls that as a young boy, he wanted to be an astronaut, inventor, then a physicist or even a lawyer like his father. However, his aptitude for science was the driving force behind his decision to become a doctor. As a student at Wolmer's Boys', he demonstrated his prowess in the sciences, as he gained 19 distinctions in his CXC, CSEC, and CAPE examinations. This progressive thinker is a graduate of the UWI's medical programme with an honours degree. He also recently received honours in general medicine, general surgery and obstetrics and gynaecology. Additionally, he received the subject prizes for the best top Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) student in internal medicine and general surgery across the UWI's four campuses. His friends will tell you that he is always laughing and that his smile is infectious.
His very laid-back personality will see him on the weekends liming with friends. more