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Atlanta Jamaica Association awards 13 scholarships

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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The Atlanta Jamaican Association (AJA) has awarded 13 academic scholarships to university students from Jamaica and those of Jamaican heritage living in Atlanta, Georgia.

Of the recipients, five are Jamaicans. They are Cadell Green and Joy-Ann Mason, who attend the University of Technology; University of the West Indies students Tiffany Mason and Dominique Spence; and Janiqua Thelwell, who is studying early childhood education at The Mico University College.

The other eight scholarship awardees are Ghiselle Brown, Georgia State University; Stone Crews, University of Georgia; Jazz Duncan and Keyanna Ennis, Emory University; Peter Gai Groves, Florida State University; Brianna Ramsey, Mercy University; Natahlia Robinson, Kennesaw University; and Sierra Hart, Washington University.

The presentations were made at the AJA's annual Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel, downtown Atlanta on August 12.

“It is very commendable that after starting out with just two scholarships in the early days of the association, tonight, 13 students will be the beneficiaries of scholarships from your organisation,” Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks noted in her address.

President of the AJA, Alan Stewart, said the association, which is in its 40th year, is pleased to assist with furthering the education of worthy students.

“Our way of giving back to our country is to provide these scholarships to college-bound students, both here in Atlanta and in Jamaica,” he said.

The scholarship programme was established in 1995. To date, it has provided more than US$100,000 in awards, as well as US$25,000 in bursaries based on financial need. Stewart said next year, the association plans to provide funding for full scholarships. Applications for the scholarships are posted on the AJA website at atlantajamaicanassociation.org.

During the function, lifetime membership awards were presented to Joy Booth and Alvin Thomas for giving more than 25 years of service to the AJA, while founding membership awards went to Dr Juan Reid, Neville Barrett, Dr Noel Erskine and Glenda Erskine.

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