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Penn Relays: SHANICE LOVE of XLCR High, a fomer PALAS recipient breaks Jamaica's national junior discus record with 54.72m at Penns Relay

PHILADELPHIA, United States — Excelsior High’s Shanice Love ended her high school career on a high, breaking her two-week-old national junior record in the girls’ discus after she won the event with 54.72m at the 122nd Penn Relays Carnival on Thursday.
Shanice Love in action at Penn Relays on
Thursday. (Photo: Paul Reid)
Under cold and bleak conditions, Love came from behind to beat Elena Brucknor of Valley Christian High in San Jose, California, and broke the meet record of 54.29m set by Holmwood Technical’s Gleneve Grange in 2013 in the process.
Two weeks ago at the MVP meet, Love, who also won the Class 1 event at the ISSA champs and CARIFTA Under 20, had beaten Grange’s mark of 54.66m which was the National Junior Record then.
Hydel’s Devoia Brown was third with 48.34m, while Petersfield High’s Shyledeen Smith finished ninth with 41.37m.

JAMAICA GLEANER : YEMALLA EDWARDS, 4th Year Medical Student at UWI – Beating The Odds

Published:Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston Jamaica Gleaner
Now in his fourth year at the University of the West Indies, where he is pursuing his ambition to become a neuro-surgeon, Yemalla Edwards is giving God thanks for opening doors for him.
Yemalla Edwards
Today, a three-time recipient of the Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) and a protÈgÈ of the founder Ruel 'Rula' Brown, he has just returned from an internship in Atlanta, where he has been receiving valuable experiences learning from doctors there, all in his quest for his ultimate goal.
Edwards, whose life is totally powered by his supreme faith in God, had to overcome a lot to get to where he is now.
Coming from a large family - seven siblings to be exact - it was a struggle from his student days at McCooks Pen Primary School in St Catherine as he recalls that many times he had to attend school without lunch money.
His father was earning the minimum wage and at the time, his mother was selling in the market. money was tight.
What the family lacked in resources, they made up for in encouragement and faith, which was what saw Edwards looking past all those roadblocks to focus on his books.
A past student of St Catherine High School, he was over the moon when he was accepted in September 2012 as a full-time student at the University of the West Indies to read for a degree in science and technology. His excellent performance saw him being promoted to read for the bachelor of medicine and surgery degree in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. His performance was amazing, considering what he was going through at the time.
"I couldn't afford to make the trek home, so I bounced around on campus. I slept in various corners and places, some I can't even explain here. I had sleepless nights because of the intense studying as I didn't have any textbooks to aid in my studies. I had to stay in the library after school until in the morning, then get a bath, and then head off to school by 8 a.m."

CONGRATULATIONS to 2-time PALAS recipient, Dr. Sachalee Campbell who recently graduated with her medical degree from UWI-Mona....She overcame challenging financial times to graduate....Now works at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Jamaica

Published December 18, 2015 as PALAS News

Dr. Sachalee Campbell first received the Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) in 2013 at the 3rd award ceremony which was held at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona in Kingston, Jamaica.
Dr. Sachalee Campbell, 2-Time PALAS
Recipient

Sachalee is a very quiet, hard working and confident student who was destined to meet her goal to be a medical doctor. She was a leader in the Jamaica Medical Student Association (JAMSA). In 2013 Sachalee invited PALAS Executive Director, Rula Brown to speak with 25 medical students at UWI about struggles, motivation, inspiration, dedication and giving back to society.

She experienced some challenging times to raise the funds to pay for the J$2.8 million per year tuition. However, she was able to overcome it by receving PALAS and other scholarships/awards. 
  
With the award of the PALAS scholarship for the 2013 academic year this adds to the available funds to her education which goes a long way with books and other fees.

Dr. Campbell graduated this past November at University of the West Indies and now works at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Jamaica as a M.D. She expresses her deep appreciation to PALAS in a recent letter and to all those who helped her out along the way.

The PALAS Board extends heartfelt congratulations to Dr.Sachalee Campbell who will do extremely well in her future endeavors.....PALAS, Preserving Young Minds for Posterity. 

Please make a donation online at www.PALAS.org or send a check Payable to PALAS, P.O Box 5461, Alpharetta GA 30023 USA.

CONGRATULATIONS to 3-time PALAS recipient, Dr. Venicia Cruickshank who recently graduated with her medical degree from UWI-Mona....She overcame challenging financial times to graduate....Now works at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Jamaica


Dr. Venicia Cruickshank, former PALAS recipient.
 Published December 12, 2015 as PALAS News

Dr. Venicia Cruickshank first received the Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) in 2012-2013 at the 2nd award ceremony which was held at Excelsior High School in Kingston, Jamaica.

Venicia at the time was very quiet, confident and was destined to meet her goal to be a medical doctor.

In her 3rd year as a medical student she experienced some challenging times to raise the funds to pay for the J$2.8 million per year tuition. She was not sure if she could continue with the very expensive costs at UWI.

She reached out to PALAS Exec. Director, Rula Brown for some help. He was able to raise J$105,000.00 and paid it directly into her account at UWI. Additionally, she worked with her family members to raise an additional JA$260,000.00 from a bake sale. 

The Waterford, St. Catherine resident was able to continue with the medical program after Rula contacted his personal doctor, Dr. Dharmaraj Patil for assistance. At the time Venicia wrote, I am from a single-parent household of three; my mother is the sole-bread winner for two dependent children, myself and an older sibling. In addition to utility bills, food, school and other living expenses she pays a mortgage. As such, her monthly pay is far spent. She is unable to take out any further loans as her debt ratio is high.  

Over the past two years, "I have gained a sense of calm and added determination to continue perusing this field of study as medicine continues to be my passion." With the award of the PALAS scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year this adds to the available funds to her education which goes a long way with books and other fees.

Dr. Cruickshank  graduated this past November at University of the West Indies and now works at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Jamaica as a M.D. She expresses her deep appreciation to PALAS in a recent letter and to all those who helped her out along the way.

The PALAS Board extends congratulations to Dr.Venicia Cruicshank who will do extremely well.....PALAS, Preserving Young Minds for Posterity.

JAMAICA OBSERVER : Peace and Love Academic Scholarship, Inc. (PALAS) will make scholarship available in 2016 to Jabary Williams.

JAMAICA OBSERVER : Peace and Love Academic Scholarship, Inc. (PALAS) will make scholarship available in 2016 to Jabary Williams...Youth who was 'Outcast' in his community after returning $100,000.00 to its rightful owner, who in turn rewarded him with $100.00. Please support PALAS atwww.PALAS1.org. PALAS goal is to award 100 scholarships in 2016.

Wells Fargo Bank announcing PALAS as one of 57 grant recipients in Atlanta, GA to get $1,000.00

Fifty-seven North Atlanta groups to be recognized with $1000 grants at Days of Giving celebration – Tues, Oct 27 at 8:00 AM at Chattahoochee Nature Center. 
Peace and Love Academic Scholarship, Inc. (PALAS, Inc.) is a proud recipient of Wells Fargo Bank Grant.

Local non-profits receive $1,000 each; Total of $57,000 invested in local community as program celebrates seventh anniversary

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Coreen Brimm of Wells Fargo Bank (L), Jackie Brown (PALAS Director-C)
& Rula Brown, PALAS Exec. Director at awards presentation in Roswell, GA.
ATLANTA, Ga. (Oct. 27, 2015) – Fifty- seven North Atlanta non-profits will be honored on October 27th  by Wells Fargo team members with $1,000 Days of Giving grants, at a community breakfast held at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. 

Days of Giving is a Wells Fargo initiative through which individual bank stores honor organizations in the communities where those stores do business.  All of the groups were selected by frontline team members in bank stores in the area.
Including this year’s giving, Wells Fargo will have given more than $1,500,000 in Days of Giving grants to groups across Metro Atlanta since the program began. 

“The level of commitment these organizations give to North Atlanta make me so proud to honor them through Days of Giving and to call them my neighbors,” said Scott Asher, North Atlanta area president for Wells Fargo. “They are an example of how our collective efforts can make a major impact – on individuals, neighborhoods, our county, our city and beyond.”

The following 57 North Atlanta groups will receive $1,000 grants. Please see list more