CONGRATULATIONS : PALAS students success story....Graduating from Universies in JAMAICA as Doctors, Lawyers and Nurses....Thanks to all those who support the PALAS program.


PALAS Student News 7/14/15

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Below is a note received by PALAS from 3-time scholarship recipient, Dr. Venicia Cruickshank after graduating from UWI in the medical program....At one point she struggled to pay for her tuition but she persevered and earned her degree on June 9, 2015.....

Good morning, I am pleased to inform you that I was successful n my last set of examinations for the 2014-2015 academic year at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.  I was enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS) degree programme and  was sworn in as Dr. Venicia Cruickhsank on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 as such I should start working soon. God remains faithful.

Thank you PALAS for your continued support over the years, I am indeed grateful

Yours truly, 
Dr. Venicia Cruickshank (M.D.)

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The students are Dr. Venicia Cruickshank (UWI), Dr. Sashalee Campbell (UWI), Crystal Green - BSc. Nursing (NCU), Danesha Burke  - BSc. Nursing (NCU) and Sherika Heywood  - BSc. Nursing (UWI). Congratulations extended to all the students.
PALAS support these students from your kind donation. Please make a donation at www.PALAS1.org or Send a check to PALAS *P.O Box 5461*Alpharetta, GA 30023 USA. PALAS, Preserving Young Minds for Posterity.

NICE NICE JAMAICA: Jamaica Observer writer & 4-time PALAS Recipient/UWI Med Student, Nicole Nation along with Jerome Cowans presented to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace....Two Jamaicans among 60 who receive Young Leaders Awards

Sunday, July 12, 2015    
Nicole Nation
Jerome Cowans
NICOLE Nation and Jerome Cowans knew months beforehand that they were going to Buckingham Palace to be presented to Queen Elizabeth II, but nothing could have prepared them for the experience.
The two young people -- among 60 from the British Commonwealth to be awarded the inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Awards -- spent a week in the UK meeting with members of government, industry and academia, including UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
"It was a huge confidence booster for me," Cowans told the Jamaica Observer. "I remember how unbelievable it felt just passing the hundreds of people lining up on the outside of the palace as I went right inside. I felt like I was making progress as I was being recognised by the highest ranking members of the UK and the Commonwealth."
Jerome and Nicole meets the Queen
"My life has changed for the better," he continued, adding that he "was mostly humbled as [he] moved around from the Prime Minister's office to Buckingham Palace. I felt a high level of gratitude for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Cowans is the 25th co-founder of Leaders Endeavouring for Adolescent Development Youth Club. He is the recipient of several other awards including the 2014 Nelson Mandela-Graca Machel Innovation Awards, as well as the Scotiabank Bright Young Leaders Award.
For her part, Nation, says the experience has given her new perspective.
"Not being exposed at such an international level sometimes makes it easy to think that you are the only one. However, the truth is that as a youth leader I am working along with other persons around the world....[It has made me see more clearly that] I am not just a Jamaican, but a global citizen," she said.
All recipients at Buckingham Palace
"I found the residential week to be extremely inspiring. For one whole week I was surrounded by persons who were breaking ground in so many areas," Nation continued.
Asked what impressions the event made on her as a person, Nation said: "The world is a big place and the issues that matter in different parts of the world vary. For me, the event proved that youth leaders attacking a particular problem is important."
Bolting
Nation, 22, writes online content for the Jamaica Observer's All Woman magazine. She is a senior medical student at the University of the West Indies, Mona and is the first Maia Chung Autism and Disability Foundation (MCADF) ambassador. She was recognised for her efforts to fund-raise projects to assist the disabled community as well as to raise awareness among Jamaicans about the needs of the disabled community through her volunteer group Volunteer Nation. more

PROUD MOMENT: NICOLE NATION, a four time PALAS recipient receives her special award at Buckingham Palace from Queen Elizabeth today

PALAS News, Published June 24, 2015

Nicole Nation, the 22 y-o medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI-Mona) and four time Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS, Inc.) recipient received her special awards  from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in UK today.

Nicole Nation and Queen Elizabeth
MEDICAL student and Jamaica Observer writer Nicole  is one of two Jamaicans to receive the inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Awards from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace on Monday, June 22.
Nicole is a disability ambassador, and is being recognised for raising funds for projects to assist the disabled community, including a school for the hearing impaired. She provides online content for the Observer's All Woman magazine.

Jerome Cowan is the other recipient of this coveted accolade to represent Jamaica. A total of sixty young leaders from the Commonwealth were selected. Before receiving the award, the winners met UK Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, visit the headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, and meet with senior executives at BBC World Service.

Following the ceremony, they will spend four days in the UK to take part in a residential development programme as part of the award prize. The programme includes workshops at Cambridge University, meetings with UK businesses leaders, and visits to life changing social action projects.
Jerome Cowans said: "I am so happy to be one of the first recipients of the Queen's Young Leaders Award. To be recognised for my work and to be presented with an Award by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace is such a huge honour."

The Exec. Director of PALAS, Rula Brown spoke with Nicole before she departed for the UK and she was very excited about the moment. She was encouraged to enjoy herself and to continue to do the great work. All PALAS Board members congratulated Nicole. 
Nicole Nation Jerome Cowan of JA

PALAS is currently evaluating the applications of over 200 students who applied for a 2015-2016 scholarship and Nicole is expected to be re-awarded. PALAS is urgently seeking donation to support their efforts this year. There was a 48% increase over last year of students applying, of which 38 are medical students.

Please make a donation online at www.PALAS1.org or send a check, payble to  PALAS *P.O Box 5461*Alpharetta, GA 30023 USA Some excepts for this article was taken from Jamaica Observer of June 14, 2015.


Yemalla Edwards, PALAS recipient meets JAMAICA's Ambassador to USA, Stephen Charles Vasciannie in Washington, DC.

PALAS Student News Published 6/19/15

After five weeks of building on his young medical career in Maryland/DC, Yemalla Edwards, the PALAS recipient and UWI-Medical student story caught the attention of Stephen Charles Vasciannie, Jamaica's Ambassador to Washington.


Yemalla meets the JA ambassador in Washington, DC
The ambassador requested to meet Yemalla in person after he viewed recent articles and videos about the inspirational story and his struggles and road to success of the St. Catherine-McCooks Pen student who was homeless in his first year at the University of the West Indies (UWI). 

The meeting was arranged/coordinated by Lorna Kirlew and they met at the Embassy in Washington, D.C. It was a fabulous meeting. Kirlew and Yemalla informed Mr. Vasciannie about the Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS, Inc.) program which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and spearheaded by Rula Brown. The ambassador, expressed amazement of the accomplishments the PALAS team has delivered to date, 187 scholarships in four years. The ambassador was especially impressed when he was informed of the seventy-two scholarships awarded in 2014-2015.

Yemalla  will return to Jamaica on June 19, 2015 to continue his studies at UWI. He aspires to be a Neurosurgeon. Yemalla completed a 5-week intern at a Pediatric Center in Maryland/DC, he also shadowed several other Medical Doctors in various medical facilities.

Yemalla has expressed his appreciation to each and everyone who made this experience a memorable one, he will cherish it forever. 

PALAS goal is to award 125 scholarships in 2015-2016 and is urgently seeking contributions. All donations may be made online at www.PALAS1.org or send a check payable to PALAS, P.O. Box 5461, Alpharetta, GA 30023.



Jamaicans head to Buckingham Palace (MASSIVE CONGRATS) : NICOLE NATION, PALAS Recipient/Medical Student and 25 y-o JEROME COWANS are two Jamaicans to receive the inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Awards from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace next Monday, June 22....Before receiving the award, the winners will meet UK Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street

Sunday, June 14, 2015   
MEDICAL student and Jamaica Observer writer Nicole Nation will be one of two Jamaicans to receive the inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Awards from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace next Monday, June 22.
Nicole Nation Jerome Cowan
Twenty-two-year old Nation is a disability ambassador, and is being recognised for raising funds for projects to assist the disabled community, including a school for the hearing impaired. She provides online content for the Observer's All Woman magazine.
Jerome Cowans, 25, has been recognised for co-founding Leaders Endeavouring for Adolescent Development. The project provides personal development opportunities for young people so they will go on to better futures.
Nicole Nation accepts the Margaret Feldman Academic
 Scholarship from Natasha Campbell at PALAS
Ceremony in JA
Nation and Cowans are among five young people from the Caribbean, and 60 from across the Commonwealth, who will receive the honour "for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities", according to information from the Queen's Young Leaders secretariat.
Before receiving the award, the winners will meet UK Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, visit the headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, and meet with senior executives at BBC World Service.
Following the ceremony, they will spend four days in the UK to take part in a residential development programme as part of the award prize. The programme includes workshops at Cambridge University, meetings with UK businesses leaders, and visits to life changing social action projects.
Jerome Cowans said: "I am so happy to be one of the first recipients of the Queen's Young Leaders Award. To be recognised for my work and to be presented with an Award by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace is such a huge honour."
"I want this to be an inspiration for other young Jamaicans to pursue whatever they are interested in with vigour and commitment," Nation told the Observer.
PALAS Appreciation
 Certifcate
The Queen's Young Leaders Programme was established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of Her Majesty The Queen's 60 years of service to the Commonwealth on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth II of Britain is crowned in
 Westminster Abbey on this day
 in history 1953.
"Guided by the values of the Commonwealth Charter, the goal of the Programme is to enable young people to step up as leaders and improve the lives of people across the Commonwealth," the secretariat said.


"Award winners are aged between 18 and 29 and are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality." more

KINGSTON, JAMAICA (EXCELLENCE, Congrats ) : ROMAIN JONES, an 18-year-old graduate of Campion College, is Versan Educational Services' Top Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) performer for 2015. Romain who scores 2,220/2400 in SAT will be attending Ivy League School Columbia in NY...Jones said he got six scholarship offers and will major in Applied Mathematics

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com  Sunday, June 14, 2015  
ROMAIN Jones, an 18-year-old graduate of Campion College, is Versan Educational Services' Top Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) performer for 2015.
The announcement was made on June 7 at a reception in honour of Jamaican students for whom the organisation was able to secure scholarships to attend Ivy League universities next school year.
Romain Jones and his mother Yvonne Cross
Jones' SAT score was 2,220 out of a possible 2,400.
"I am happy that I got a good score because you need a good SAT score to get into colleges abroad," said Jones, who will be attending Columbia University on a scholarship he was offered by the institution.
Speaking with the Jamaica Observer, Jones said he got six scholarship offers, but went for Columbia and its CP Davis Scholarship because it covered the bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics, which he is most in favour of.
"I chose this degree programme because I have had a passion for mathematics from a long time ago, so it was a natural fit for me to do a degree in mathematics," Jones said.
"I would like to become a professor. I feel that a job as a professor would allow me to pursue my intellectual capacities with the greatest freedom," he continued.
A group of students from Versan who were awarded
scholarships to attend Ivy League universities starting
next school year. (PHOTOS: ASHLI RANDALL)
Asked about opting for an overseas university as opposed to local ones, Jones explained: "I believe universities overseas offer more comprehensive degree packages with better internship opportunities. That's the main reason I went with Versan, doing SATs and applying for a university overseas. Additionally, I wanted to go overseas, get new opportunities outside of Jamaica and experience new cultures."
He graduated from Campion in 2014, but unlike some who "take the year off", Jones wasn't idle during the year.
"I used the time to read and practise for my SAT exams. Additionally, I was working with my physics teacher Bradley Burnett from Campion and I assisted with preparation for Campion's students for Jamaica Mathematics Olympiad in the last year," he said. more

PALAS Extends Online Application Process to June 22, 2015 to accommodate late issuance of transcripts/grades...

Please donate to our scholarship program
The PALAS, Inc. Board voted to extend the Online Application Process by 1 week to Monday, June 22, 2015. Please go to www.PALAS1.org.
The awards presentation will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Visitor's Lodge. NO FURTHER EXTENSION WILL BE OFFERED. 

Dr. Venicia Cruickshank speaks with Rula Brown about PALAS the first to graduate as Medical Doctor 3 years on the program (UWI). Talks about her economic struggles


ABOUT PALAS
UWI Medical student, Venicia Cruickshank is the first student to graduate as a Medical Doctor from the PALAS Program, she has been in the program for 3 years. It has been quite a challenge economicall to complete her degree. In 2014-2015 Venicia received ANN & CHRIS PAYNE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP from PALAS. 

PALAS is a Non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which means your donation/contribution is tax deductible. 

The Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) program was established in December, 2010 after the brutal killing in Portmore, Jamaica of young reggae artist, Vanessa Campbell. 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. Please donate online at www.PALAS1.org