|Kemesha Vassell of UTECH|
2013 PALAS scholarship recipient
FOUR tertiary-level female students awarded scholarships through the JPS Foundation Youth Leadership Academy last December have begun an intense development training programme aimed at helping them realise personal and professional successes.
Shana-Kay Cunningham (UWI), Alshadane Wright (NCU), Kemesha Vassell (UTech) and Angelique Gardener (JTS) were identified in 2013 as future leaders based on their exemplary academic performance, extra-curricular engagement and high level of community involvement. They all received scholarships valued at $150,000 each in December 2013 and, from now until December 2014, will participate in a series of developmental sessions that will include mentorship, professional speaking and career exposure.
Alshadane Wright & Angelique Gardener.
Youth leadership development is one of two core focus areas of the JPS Foundation which was founded in August 2013. The students are the first cohort of the foundation's Leadership Academy Young Women Leaders Programme which got off to an inspiring start when they met with JPS president and CEO Kelly Tomblin on January 10 in the first of several development sessions to be staged over the next 11 months. more