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 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.

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