Jamaica Observer Published April 26, 2015
PEACE and Love Academic Scholarship, Inc (PALAS) will open its online application process this Friday, May 1 to June 15, 2015.
This year, the Atlanta-based non-profit organisation is targeting 125 scholarship recipients as conceptualiser Ruel 'Rula' Brown is hoping to impact even more lives by awarding scholarships to financially needy students, and honour outstanding academic performances by students in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
"We hope to accomplish this mainly through our Partnering With Palas (PWP) initiative, where a scholarship can be awarded in a loved one's name or business," Brown told Career & Education.
"PALAS expects to receive over 300 applications this year, and it's heartbreaking every time we have to overlook someone who meets the criteria but we just don't have the budget to facilitate them," he said.
The scholarship opportunity is extended to students in high school and university. The application guideline requires the applicant to complete an online application, submit their current grades, along with their 300-500 word essay. The students are also asked to provide a list of all relevant extra-curricular activities including volunteering, church work, hospital visitation, and involvement in school or rotary clubs.
Acknowledging that each year brings its own set of chanllenges, Brown says he doesn't let it deter him.
"Each year when I see the smile, joy shown by the students it gives me a wonderful feeling. Additionally, to know that many of the students don't have an outlet to subsidise their education is all the motivation the PALAS team needs."
Since the organisation's inception in December 2010, PALAS has awarded 187 scholarships to honour the memory of student, reggae artiste and aspiring sound technician 18-year-old Vanessa Campbell who was brutally murdered in Portmore, Jamaica on November 20, that year.
The fifth annual PALAS Awards presentation will take place in late August in Kingston. more