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| TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

Published February 26, 2017


HE PRESS Association of

Jamaica (PAJ) last week

announced the first set of

recipients of its Education Grant

programme, for college students of

communications and media.

The grants, which opened during

the National Journalism Week held

in November 2016, were funded by

Digicel and were awarded to

students from CARIMAC,

University of the West Indies,

Kingston, Northern Caribbean

University in Mandeville, the

University of Technology, Kingston,

and the Western Jamaica campus of

the University of the West Indies, in

Montego Bay.

Inspired by the programme, long-

time PAJ member Leroy Brown and

his wife Doreen joined the effort

and funded another grant for a

CARIMAC student.

The winners of the PAJ/Digicel

grants are Gabrielle Thompson of

NCU, Justice Okeugo of UWI's

Western Jamaica campus, Crystal

Taylor of UTech, and Brittany

Brown of CARIMAC. The

PAJ/Leroy & Doreen Brown grant

has been awarded to Chester Jones


The Browns also awarded a

scholarship to The Gleaner's Dania

Bogle, who is a student at UTech.

Doreen Brown (right) presenting a scholarship grant to The Gleaner’s Dania Bogle (left), while Leroy Brown looks on. Bogle is a

student at UTech.

Published September 12, 2016

Janet Silvera

Senior Gleaner Writer

IN ADDITION to 1,000 backpacks

presented to children across the island, the

diaspora group Professionals Jamaicans for

Jamaica (PJFJ) has awarded some 30 high-

school students with scholarships valued at

$4.2 million.

The students, who are attending various

institutions within the 14 parishes, were

recognised at the PJFJ's seventh annual

awards ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus

hotel recently.

Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica

recognises the academic merit of the

country’s brightest and most talented

students “who are the future of our great

nation”, stated founder and president of the

organisation, Horace Daley.

According to Daley, the amount presented

at The Jamaica Pegasus will increase, as they

will purchase textbooks and pay for CSEC

and CAPE examination fees for some of the

students. The organisation also provides less

fortunate students with a small stipend for

transportation and lunch.

“We understand the needs of our children

and want to ensure we play our part in their

education development,” Daley told the

gathering, which included a number of

educators and parents.

The PJFP president is particularly pleased

with the success of the programme, stating

that 95 per cent of the recipients enjoy

passes in five or more CSEC subjects.

More importantly, he said the students

who benefit from the annual awards pave the

way forward by participating in the

‘Operation Backpack’ distribution across the


“Our student were excellent throughout

the distribution and walked away with a

sense of purpose that ‘Lifting as We Climb’ is

fundamental to the success of our great

nation,” he stated.


This time around, five parishes benefited

from Operation Backpack – Trench Town

Seventh-day Adventist Basic School in

Kingston; Grateful Hill Primary in St

Catherine; Riverside All-Age in Hanover; St

Paul's Primary in Westmoreland; and

Clapham Basic in St Elizabeth.

Lauding the students who have bought

into the idea of ‘each one helps one’, Daley

said the programme has eclipsed his

organisation's expectations.

“We believe we have already reaped the

benefits for identifying few of these gems,” he

stated with pride.

Plans are already far advanced for hosting

an inaugural boat ride fundraiser in New

York in the summer of 2017, an event Daley

says will give him and his team a more secure

basis to generate revenue and increase

partnerships, while leveraging funding for


Their ambition is to increase the number

of recipients to 100 in 2017.

“We have already set a new target to fund

at least five high-school students in each of

the 14 parishes, and we will take a similar

approach to our backpack distribution,”

Daley revealed.

Students get help from the diaspora

PAJ announces first education grant recipients