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)

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.
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.
Rula Brown presents appreciation certificate to Lisa Hanna
"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".
"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.
Winsome Benjamin(L), Natasha & Patrick Campbell,
Rula Brown, AnnP & PALAS board member
 Milton Galloway
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 $3.6 million.
—by Cecelia Campbell-Livingston (Jamaica Observer 9/7/14). more

PRESS RELEASE: PALAS to award 72 new scholarships in 2014-2015. Hon. Lisa Hanna & Attorney Patrick Campbell to deliver keynote addresses at awards presentation at University of the West Indies (UWI)-Mona Campus, Sat Aug 23, in JAMAICA. Reggae singer, Winsome Benjamin will provide the entertainment.."30 other students who met our criteria regrettably will be bypassed due to lack of funds." Stats; 17 male & 55 female students, 29 high school & 43 university students, there were 140 applicants....One-hundred eighty-seven (187) total scholarships awarded in 4 years....We are still seeking donations at www.PALAS1.org.


72 PALAS recipients (29 High School & 43 University students)
ATLANTA, GA – August 2, 2014 (Update): Peace and Love Academic Scholarship, Inc. (PALAS) will award seventy (72) new scholarships for the academic year 2014-2015 to worthy, but economically challenged high school and University/College students  in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region. Honourable Lisa Hanna, Minister of Youth & Culture and Attorney Patrick Campbell of Washington D.C will deliver the Keynote addresses at the 4th annual award ceremony - UWI in KingstonJamaica on Saturday, August 23, 2014, commencing at 5:00pm. Reggae songbird, Winsome Benjamin will provide the entertainment. The Master of Ceremonies will be Mr. Winston Cowans.
Hon. Lisa Hanna,
 Minister of Youth & Culture

PALAS, the Atlanta-headquartered charity organization, has received the support of various corporate bodies and individuals to support the students. The stated mission of the group is to recognize and honor outstanding academic performances of under privileged students residing in the Caribbean region.

The PALAS program was established in December 2010, to honor the memory of young Vanessa Campbell, an aspiring Jamaican artiste who was a casualty of the burgeoning crime and violence problem in Portmore, Jamaica. After Vanessa’s untimely death, an initial scholarship program was created as the SSSJamz/Vanessa Campbell Academic Scholarship to assist high school students from her alma mater, Bridgeport High School. To sustain this effort PALAS has been soliciting funds from all quarters.

Patrick Campbell, Attorney
Since the inception of the program, PALAS awarded 187 scholarships valued approx. J$8.5 million (US$84,000.00), 20 computers and mentoring for some of the students. Some highlights over the 4 years are; 1,515% increase in scholarships, 376 applicants including Medical Students, Science & Engineering, Law students, Nursing, Business/Accounting and Liberal/Fine arts student applicants. The program is available to students residing in the Caribbean region. The students range in age 12-32 years old from various high schools, UWI, UTECH, NCU, EXED, Shortwood College, UTECH-Guyana and AAIMS Medical School. 

PALAS continues to strive for “Preserving Young Minds for Posterity”; we would like to thank all the supporters of these most deserving students who are aiming to reach above the sky. The PALAS scholarship application process for the 2014-2015 academic years was opened April 1, through May 30, 2014. 

Founder, Rula Brown said “the unfortunate news about PALAS’s effort is that, there were an additional thirty-three (33) students who met the criteria for scholarships, but due to the lack of funds we could not assist at this time.”  You may Partner with PALAS (PWP) to have a scholarship in your name, loved one or business by donating a minimum of US$350.00.

Please make a donation to the PALAS program before July 31st. by sending a check to:

PALAS or Peace and Love Academic Scholarship
P.O. Box 5461
Alpharetta, GA 30023-5461. USA
Email: peaceandlovescholarship@gmail.com

Or donate online at www.PALAS1.org with PAYPAL, VISA, MASTERCARD or Check.

About Peace and Love Academic Scholarship, Inc.
Singer, Winsome Benjamin will 
entertain and present the 
WINSOME BENJAMIN ACADEMIC
 SCHOLARSHIP to a student at event
Peace and Love Academic Scholarship is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization in Atlanta, Georgia founded by Jamaican-born Rula Brown. PALAS’ mission is to help improve the health, education and general well-being of less fortunate children residing in the Caribbean region.

Since its formal launch in December 2010, PALAS has dedicated its resources, human and financial, to help make a difference in the lives of underserved children in Jamaica, West Indies as the well as the wider Caribbean region. For further information about PALAS including sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.PALAS1.org.

For additional information contact:
Rula Brown, PALAS Exec. Director
rulabrown@gmail.com or (770) 715-0224
Or send email to peaceandlovescholarship@gmail.com

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.

SHEONAE GRANT of St. Thomas, Jamaica : Law Student at UWI-Mona with 4.0/4.0 GPA....President of the inter-school fellowship, member of 4 major teams Volunteers at Bustamante Children Hospital 18 CXC/CAPE passes with 15 distinctions (15 ones)....2014-15 PALAS TOP PERFORMERS STORY (5 of 5)

SHEONAE GRANT of  St. Thomas, Jamaica : Law Student at UWI-Mona with 4.0/4.0 GPA... President of the inter-school fellowship, member of 4 major teams Volunteers at Bustamante Children Hospital 18 CXC/CAPE passes with 15 distinctions (15 ones). She attained 27.3 out of a possible 30 points on the PALAS evalution of her application package.

Below she writes in her essay to PALAS...

I attend the prestigious University of West Indies-Mona. It was a realization of mine that life could be tracked by a series of numbers from date of birth to the tax registration number. It was frightening that one’s legacy could be reduced to numbers on documents. However, I am challenged by the words of Marcus Garvey: “Whatsoever things common to man, that man has done, man can do”. Great people of history, like Nelson Mandela, have ‘done’ so then I too can ‘do’. Therefore I posit the idea that I, Shéonae Grant, am the ideal representative for what any recipient of the prestigious 2014 PALAS Scholarship should possess: a zeal for academic excellence driven by unyielding dedication.
As a Christian, I am guided by the scripture, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others...” (1 Peter 4:10). With this in mind, I perform the duties of Deputy Head Girl, president of the Inter-School Christian Fellowship of Wolmer’s and Treasurer of my church’s Youth Department. I volunteered my time at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital where I engaged patients whose parents could not be present. I am a member of the Volleyball team, Debating Society, Science Club and Peer Counseling Body. In all this I learned how satisfying servitude could be, the art of patience and selflessness which helped me to develop qualities like being diligent, humble and teachable. 
I aspire to be a lawyer because I have a passion for the administration of justice and equality for all who seek it. I became aware of issues concerning equality for persons with disabilities. I admire the law profession for the incredible platform it would allow me to influence necessary legislative reform in this particular area since the last National Policy on Disabilities was passed in 1999. I intend to press for a greater sensitization towards persons living with disabilities. This would be my first contribution towards helping Jamaica attain sustainable development.
 I am in a desperate financial situation that sees me incapable of paying the $10,000 US tuition for the Law Programme to which I am already provisionally accepted. I am the second of three children, one of whom is now in her second year at the same university. I reside outside of Kingston, where the institution is, and transport to and from school is more expensive. My mother is a civil servant and my father is a minister. In light of the wage freeze in government salaries, my siblings’ schooling expenses,  household expenses and impromptu medical emergencies, reality is it is ‘impossible’ to meet these fees.
 I would be eternally grateful for any assistance which can be given to me so that I may be able to achieve these endeavors that are genuinely difficult for me to part with. I sincerely hope that the 2014 PALAS Scholarship will hear the plight of this aspiring lawyer and help me to be more than just a number.

PALAS, 'Preserving Young Minds for Posterity'. Please help us to support these brilliant students by donating at www.PALAS1.org or Send a check to PALAS, P.O Box 5461, Alpharetta, GA 30023.

PALAS UPDATE: PALAS to award 70 new scholarships in 2014-2015..... Hon. Lisa Hanna & Attorney Patrick Campbell to deliver keynote addresses at awards presentation at University of the West Indies (UWI)-Mona Campus, Sat Aug 23, in JAMAICA. Reggae singer, Winsome Benjamin will provide the entertainment.."33 other students who met our criteria regrettably will be bypassed due to lack of funds." Stats; 17 male & 53 female students, 29 high school & 41 university students, there were 140 applicants....One-hundred eighty-five (185) total scholarships awarded in 4 years....We are still seeking donations at www.PALAS1.org.


 ATLANTA, GA – July 23, 2014 (Update): Peace and Love Academic Scholarship, Inc. (PALAS) will award seventy (70) new scholarships for the academic year 2014-2015 to worthy, but economically challenged high school and University/College students  in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region. Honourable Lisa Hanna, Minister of Youth & Culture and Attorney Patrick Campbell of Washington D.C will deliver the Keynote addresses at the 4th annual award ceremony - UWI in KingstonJamaica on Saturday, August 23, 2014, commencing at 5:00pm. Reggae songbird, Winsome Benjamin will provide the entertainment. The Master of Ceremonies will be Mr. Winston Cowans.

PALAS, the Atlanta-headquartered charity organization, has received the support of various corporate bodies and individuals to support the students. The stated mission of the group is to recognize and honor outstanding academic performances of under privileged students residing in the Caribbean region.
Hon. Lisa Hanna,
 Minister of Youth & Culture

The PALAS program was established in December 2010, to honor the memory of young Vanessa Campbell, an aspiring Jamaican artiste who was a casualty of the burgeoning crime and violence problem in Portmore, Jamaica. After Vanessa’s untimely death, an initial scholarship program was created as the SSSJamz/Vanessa Campbell Academic Scholarship to assist high school students from her alma mater, Bridgeport High School. To sustain this effort PALAS has been soliciting funds from all quarters.

Since the inception of the program, PALAS awarded 185 scholarships valued approx. J$8.1 million (US$80,000.00), 20 computers and mentoring for some of the students. Some highlights over the 4 years are; 1,415% increase in scholarships, 376 applicants including Medical Students, Science & Engineering, Law students, Nursing, Business/Accounting and Liberal/Fine arts student applicants. The program is available to students residing in the Caribbean region. The students range in age 12-32 years old from various high schools, UWI, UTECH, NCU, EXED, Shortwood College, UTECH-Guyana and AAIMS Medical School. 
Patrick Campbell, Attorney

PALAS continues to strive for “Preserving Young Minds for Posterity”; we would like to thank all the supporters of these most deserving students who are aiming to reach above the sky. The PALAS scholarship application process for the 2014-2015 academic years was opened April 1, through May 30, 2014. 

Founder, Rula Brown said “the unfortunate news about PALAS’s effort is that, there were an additional thirty-three (33) students who met the criteria for scholarships, but due to the lack of funds we could not assist at this time.”  You may Partner with PALAS (PWP) to have a scholarship in your name, loved one or business by donating a minimum of US$350.00.

Please make a donation to the PALAS program before July 31st. by sending a check to:

PALAS or Peace and Love Academic Scholarship
P.O. Box 5461
Alpharetta, GA 30023-5461. USA
Email: peaceandlovescholarship@gmail.com

Or donate online at www.PALAS1.org with PAYPAL, VISA, MASTERCARD or Check.
Singer, Winsome Benjamin will
entertain and present the
WINSOME BENJAMIN ACADEMIC
 SCHOLARSHIP to a student at event

About Peace and Love Academic Scholarship, Inc.
Peace and Love Academic Scholarship is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization in Atlanta, Georgia founded by Jamaican-born Rula Brown. PALAS’ mission is to help improve the health, education and general well-being of less fortunate children residing in the Caribbean region.

Since its formal launch in December 2010, PALAS has dedicated its resources, human and financial, to help make a difference in the lives of underserved children in Jamaica, West Indies as the well as the wider Caribbean region. For further information about PALAS including sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.PALAS1.org.

For additional information contact:
Rula Brown, PALAS Exec. Director
rulabrown@gmail.com or (770) 715-0224
Or send email to peaceandlovescholarship@gmail.com

2014-15 PALAS TOP PERFORMERS STORY (4 of 5).....JAVANNEY CAMPBELL of Kingston, Jamaica with "A" average at CLAN CARTHY High, TVJ's School's Challenge Quiz Contestant, 2014 PALAS GOLD STAR WINNER & Finished 4th in PALAS evaluations....Gold Medal at Annual Spanish Fesitval & Principals Honor Roll for 4 years in High School

JAVANNEY CAMPBELL of Kingston, Jamaica is a 3rd form student with "A" average at CLAN CARTHY High, TVJ's School's Challenge Quiz Contestant, Finished 4th in 2014 PALAS evaluations....Gold Medal at Annual Spanish Fesitval & Principals Honor Roll for 4 years in High School.

Below is the essay that he submitted to PALAS with his 2014 application package.

He writes......
JAVANNEY CAMPBELL- Clan Carthy High
I am a third form student of the Clan Carthy High School with a passion for achieving and maintaining a high level of performance in school through hard work, consistency, determination and dedication to my studies.I am strong-willed, determined, committed and optimistic. I possess strong leadership qualities, am goal oriented, respectable, reliable, honest, trustworthy and not averse to being reprimanded. I sincerely dislike indiscipline, truancy, mediocrity and irresponsibility.
This scholarship would help to make me better able to obtain the necessary materials and equipment needed to help propel me along the path to success on which I am now trod. It will also aid in putting me closer in achieving my educational goals and my aspirations to become a Flight Attendant. Thus, bringing my career goals closer to my grasp.
My eligibility for this scholarship lies mainly in my academic performances, social objectives and also my educational intentions that I wish to pursue in the future. During my life period, I perceived that with education, there comes determination which means persistence in doing something that is difficult. Thus, I have gained the attitude in being eager to want to achieve something through academics. I have managed to maintain an average of over 90% in my examinations which has placed me on the Principal's Honor Roll. I have also represented my school at the TVJ's School's Challenge Quiz at the grade nine level and also represented my school at the Annual Spanish Festival where I obtained a gold medal. 
With the learning and social facilities at school, brings forth my impeccable respect for school. I am always in attendance except for issues of illness,where being absent is recommended by a doctor. 
Receiving this scholarship will greatly enhance my quest for knowledge. At this point I am at a disadvantage due to limited funds, with the inability to access the materials needed to improve my learning. Also, this may put me at a better chance at achieving major education and career goals.
I do understand that others just as qualified will be applying but I should be granted the scholarship because I have maintained the academic standard with the limited resources afforded me by my parents. With granting this scholarship, I guarantee that my studies will be greatly advanced.
This scholarship would not only help me realize my goals but it will also afford me the wherewithal by which I can mentor my peers as well as become an ambassador for my school in the field of getting young males to see the importance of education. With this scholarship I will mentor and give them positive reasons to get them emulate the good.
In writing this essay, it has come to me that with or without this scholarship I will continue to thrive for excellence and be a role model to my peers, both at school and in my community. I will hold steadfast to the values inculcated in me by not only my parents but the teachers who continue to mold,nurture and direct my educational path.

PALAS, 'Preserving Young Minds for Posterity'. Please help us to support these brilliant students by donating at www.PALAS1.org or Send a check to PALAS, P.O Box 5461, Alpharetta, GA 30023.

2014-15 PALAS TOP PERFORMERS STORY (3 of 5)…JULENE M. BARRETT of Kingston, Jamaica : Medical Student at University of Technology- GUYANA with 4.0/4.0 ("A") average in medical school. Holds a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology with 1st Class Honours. Conferred with the University of Guyana Award & Guild of Graduates Award ....she has 18 CXC/CAPE passes with 10 distinctions


Julene Barrett is a resident of Kingston, Jamaica who currently attends medical school at the University of Technology in Georgetown, Guyana. She recently graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy, 1st Class Honours from UTECH in Kingston, Jamaica. She currently holds a 4.0/4.0 or "A" average in Medical School. Julene has passes in 18 CXC/CAPE subjects with 10 distinctions (grade ones). 

Below is the essay that Julene submitted to the Peace and Love Academic Scholarship, Inc (PALAS) committee for evaluation of one of the sponsored scholarships. Julene scored the 3rd highest score, 28.5 out of a possible 30 points with PALAS this year....


She writes......

I have always enjoyed watching television as a young child; I particularly enjoyed the fantasies my mind 
Julene Barrett, medical student at
 
UTECH-Guyana, has straight "A" or 4.0/4.0 Avg.,
18 CXC/CAPE
frequently toyed with as I let myself become someone else. I became the person who lived in a neighbourhood where everyone was friendly and felt safe in their surroundings. My dream was surrounded by hearty laughs, hopeful people and the sweet aroma of baking goods. But like the flickering and fading 
images of any television show reaching its end, so were the false dreams my senses pretended to include. 
Instead, I was constantly overwhelmed by sad reminders of what my reality was: an inner city community plagued by frequent gun battles between neighbouring gangs and minimum wage citizens struggling to 
make ends meet. Memories of my two siblings and I sharing a small bed in a sectioned portion of a building 
housing five other families further fuelled my desire to translate misfortunes into motivation. Protected and guided by a mother who was forced to spearhead a single-parent household by spending long hours sewing, my desire to succeed was nurtured. 

I therefore introduce to you, Julene Marie Barrett, a surmounter devoted to successfully bettering life by impacting any person who I encounter. I am a Jamaican student currently pursuing my Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) degree at University of Guyana, School of Medicine where I have steadily maintained a Grade Point Average of 4.0 whilst being employed part-time to cover my daily living 
expenses, rent and bills. 

Blessed with the desire of forging worldwide change, the gift of this scholarship would represent the first step in attaining my ultimate goal and setting the pace to exceedingly surpass expectations. Financial assistance of any magnitude will help to levy the cost of attaining my medical degree. Hard work and dedication are trademarks of my character and I am truly deserving of the opportunity to maximize my potential without the constant worry of my financial liability. 

It has been my lifelong desire to become a physician; stemming from a mere childhood desire to help others, to a teenage motivation to be a part of something great to a more mature and adult desire to truly impact and leave a legacy through medicine. After losing my eighteen year-old sister to a traumatic car accident, I was inspired to become a specialist in Trauma and Emergency Medicine so I can make a positive, impartial contribution to trauma care in developing countries. I especially wish be a part of the revolutionary change in emergency medicine in Jamaica. 

I pride myself in doing the best in all my endeavours and have been the recipient of several awards. Most recently, I was conferred with the University of Guyana Award and the UG Guild of Graduates Ontario Award for outstanding academic performance at the University’s 47th Convocation. Not only am I scholastically inclined, but my personal struggles have driven me to help others. This led me to volunteering at hospitals and non-profit organisations and also teaming up with friends and family to participate in clothes donation and feeding of the homeless. 

Amounting from little, it is my hope to persist and continually achieve excellence, not only to improve self, but to be a motivation to underprivileged Caribbean students who are seeking to pursue the same dream. An investment in my medical education is an investment in a positive future. 


PALAS, 'Preserving Young Minds for Posterity'. Please help us to support these brilliant students by donating at www.PALAS1.org or Send a check to PALAS, P.O Box 5461, Alpharetta, GA 30023.