PRESS RELEASE : PALAS 6th Annual Scholarship Application Opens Online May 1st to June 7th 2016 at PALAS1.org

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  PALAS 6th Annual Scholarship Application Opens Online
   May 1st to June 7th 2016 at PALAS1.org
(High School, University/Tertiary and Re-Awardees)

ATLANTA, GA – May 1, 2016: Peace and Love Academic Scholarship, Inc. (PALAS) will open its online application process from May 1st to June 7th 2016 to award scholarships to financially disadvantaged students in Jamaica and the Caribbean.  PALAS, which has awarded 282 scholarships since its inception in December 2010, was established to honor the memory of then 18-year old Vanessa Campbell—Bridgeport High School student & an aspiring reggae artist. Vanessa was brutally murdered in Portmore, Jamaica on November 20th 2010.© Peace and Love Academic Scholarship, Inc. (PALAS)

According to Executive Director Rula Brown, this year’s goal is to award 100 scholarships and computers to PALAS 2016-17 recipients.  Applicants are required to fill out the online application as well as submit grades, a 300-500 word essay, and extra-curricular activities.  

PALAS has devoted its human and financial resources to help make a difference in the lives of underserved children in Jamaica, West Indies as the well as the wider Caribbean region.

PALAS MISSION
The Peace and Love Academic Scholarship program is dedicated to recognize and honor outstanding academic performances. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to students residing in the Caribbean region. The awards ceremony will be held at the Pegasus Hotel on August 13, 2016 in Kingston, Jamaica.

The mission of PALAS is the pursuit of the following principles, CERPS:
Commitment: PALAS is committed to inspiring pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and instilling a sense of hope in the future.
Empowerment: PALAS endeavors to provide the necessary educational tools for the each to uplift and empower themselves.
Responsibility: The focus of PALAS is to empower youth in establishing goals and following through on commitments.
Possibility: PALAS desires to expand the perspective of young people to make them aware of life's possibilities.
Support: It is our belief that an individual is dramatically influenced by their support system.  Therefore PALAS endeavors to surround young people in a caring, inclusive learning environment.

PALAS believes in accountability, transparency and honesty, therefore all funds will be invested in the scholarship program.

Help us in "Preserving Young Minds for Posterity" by making a donation online by July 7th 2016 at www.PALAS1.org or send a check payable to PALAS, P.O. Box 5461, Alpharetta GA 30023 USA or via PAYPAL. PALAS is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) entity.   Emails can also be sent to peaceandlovescholarship@gmail.com. For additional information about PALAS including sponsorship opportunities for scholarships in yours and/or your loved ones name or business through Partnering with PALAS (PWP), please visit us at www.palas1.org.  Thank you for participating.

ONLINE APPLICATION
                                                                                             
Mr. Rula Brown - Executive Director                                                                                                                                                       PALAS   (Peace and Love Academic Scholarship)

PALAS 2016-17 Application Available Online May 1st - June 7th.... Goal is to award 100 new scholarships in 2016. Please make a donation at PALAS1.org

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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.