Atlanta, GA (February, 2014) The Founder and Executive Board members of the Peace and Love Academic Scholarship Program, Inc. (PALAS, Inc.) would like to thank all of this year’s (2013-14) sponsoring partners, donors and contributors for making the year a great success in helping us to increase our scholarship awardees by 43%. The Scholarship Award Ceremony which was held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the University of West Indies (UWI) in Kingston, Jamaica resulted in a huge success with 60 new scholarships awarded and an increase of 421% contributions over last year. The Hon. Damion Crawford and Washington D.C. Attorney, Patrick Campbell delivered the keynote addresses to the 16 high school, 44 university scholarship recipients, with 300 guests/family members attending.
Since PALAS’s launch in December 2010 in honor and memory of murdered Jamaican student Vanessa Campbell, 115 scholarships, 12 computers valued at US$50,300.00 were awarded. Fifteen of the recipients were medical students. The selection committee received several hundred files to evaluate this year from students in age range 12-32 yrs, 87 females, and 41 males from 39 High Schools/89 University applicants. PALAS selection committee recognizes the growing request for assistance that will continue to support this worthy cause of “Preserving Young Minds for Posterity”. more