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Alumni Union To Honor Ja’can Hs Graduates, June 24th, 2013, Brooklyn

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The Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA), USA, Inc, has announced its recognition and awards ceremony for June 24, at the St. Francis College auditorium, at 180 Remsen Street, downtown Brooklyn, NY.

For the 23rd consecutive year, the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc. is recognizing US high school graduates of Jamaican parentage.

The program includes the Achievement Awards and the Essay Competition.  All graduating students are asked to complete a Student Profile Application and comply with the requirements in order to be eligible for cash awards.

The Essay Competition is separate and optional.  However students are encouraged to submit an essay based on the given topic and other specific rules and criteria.  The Grand Prize Winner of the Essay Competition receives a trip for two to Jamaica.  There are also consolation prizes.

The deadline to participate and submit application and essay is JUNE 10.  The Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Monday, June 24th at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 at 6:00 pm.  Students do not have to be present at the ceremony to receive an award.  However, all students are encouraged to attend the ceremony and bring their family, if possible.

The ceremony is held in the presence of their peers, parents, teachers, business and community leaders who are invited to join the evening’s activities.

This year, our sponsors include; GraceKennedy Remittance Services/Western Union, AXA Advisors LLC, Team Jamaica Bickle, Trans-Continental Express Shippers, as well as several of the member alumni associations and local businesses.

“This is not a fundraising event or program,” notes UJAA President Karlene Largie.  “It is an opportunity for our high school graduates to know that there is a community who supports them and congratulates them on this milestone on their educational journey.”

UJAA is a non-profit umbrella organization of some 37 alumni associations of primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions in Jamaica, Wes Indies. Founded in 1990 in New York City, the organization administers several programs aimed at improving the quality of education for young Jamaicans in the United States and in Jamaica.  
The Annual High School Graduate Awards Program is one program that provides support to Jamaican students in the USA.

Contact Karlene Largie for applications and sponsorship information; 516-713-8270, E-mail: [email protected]

By Aubrey Campbell

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