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).

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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 atwww.PALAS1.org 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 www.PALAS1.org 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 hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com  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

PALAS recipient & UWI-Med Student, Nicole Nation talks about Maia Chung Autism Foundation on CVM in JAMAICA. Nicole was also selected to represent Jamaica at a special conference in Columbia In January 2015.


Please see a short video clip below with Nicole Nation being interviewed on CVM TV in Jamaica as she discussed her work with Maia Chung Autism Foundation. Nicole was recently selected to represent Jamaica for a special conference to be held in Columbia, South America mid January 2015. Nicole is a 4th year med student at UWI who received PALAS scholarship for the past 3 years. 

She received a BSc in Sciences at UWI with 3.83/4.00 on October 29, 2014, she will obtain her Medical degree in 2 years. PALAS goal in 2015 is to award 125 scholarships and 125 computers to students in the Caribbean. PALAS awarded 72 scholarships to Jamaican students in 2014, bringing their total to 187 scholarships valued JA$9.8 million in the past 4 years.

Individuals may Partner with PALAS (PWP) by donating a minimum of US$350.00 and have a scholarship in thier name, loved one or business. Donations may be made online at www.PALAS1.org

Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) Board set 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)

www.PALAS1.org
At the 2nd meeting for the 2015 fiscal year, PALAS board members voted unanimously to set 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).

This would bring the total value in 5 years to J$19.2 million and 187 scholarships. Thus far PALAS scholarship has grown 1,485%.
Please donate at www.PALAS1.org as we work assiduosly for 'Preserving Young Minds for Posterity'.

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 you...it'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.
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".
Winsome Benjamin(L), Natasha & Patrick Campbell,
Rula Brown, AnnP & PALAS board member
 Milton Galloway
"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.
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).
Gold Star winner, Maria Attarwala receives
 Alex Panton Academic Scholarship 

from Lisa Hanna's son Alex Panton
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.
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.
Daddy URoy presents to
UWI student, Mishae Kinlocke
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