We hope you are all keeping safe in the era of COVID-19. As we navigate this new normal we are currently facing, in addition to our safety, our thoughts are with our 2020 graduating seniors who have lost so much as a result of their schools closing and the necessity for social-distancing. The UJAA Board has come to the conclusion that the 2020 High School Graduate Awards should go on, but in a way that keeps the students and ourselves safe.
PROGRAM … BUT NO CEREMONY
Therefore, we will still accept applications and administer the awards, but there will not be a ceremony on June 29, 2020. Instead, on June 29, we will announce the awardees on our website (www.ujaausa.org).
WINNERS CONTACTED BY TELEPHONE
Individual winners will also be contacted by telephone and their checks and awards will sent to them by mail.
EDITABLE PDF FORMS ON OUR WEBSITE – PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND SHARE
We are sharing revised application forms and ask that you please share with your family, friends and anyone in your network who may have connections to graduating seniors of Jamaican heritage.
DONATIONS WELCOME – PLEASE LET US KNOW
We understand that many of you have had to cancel your fundraising events, and do not have the funds you would usually have to support this year’s program. However, if you are able, we ask for your donations to this most worthy endeavor. As usual, donations of $250 and over will be named for the individual or association making the donation. Please let us know if you would like to participate. You may contact Natasha or President Lesleyann who is copied on this email message.
Thank you for your kind attention and we look forward to seeing everyone safely soon. In the meantime, continue to take good care of yourselves.
Natasha A. Davids, Chair, 2020 UJAA High School Graduate Awards
The High School Graduates Award Program (HSGAP) offers cash awards to graduating US high school seniors of Jamaican heritage who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, community and/or workplace.
Applicants must –
be a Jamaican or of Jamaican parentage,
be a current high school senior who plans to enroll in a college or university upon graduation from a US high school in the same year as the current program,
be ambitious and motivated as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community, or work activities.
The cash awards vary according to students’ achievements, the number of students participating and the funds available from our sponsors and supporters. Awards are one time only and are not renewable. Primary consideration are given to the applicant’s achievement in the academic area and supported by high school transcript, SAT scores and other relevant documentation. Consideration is also given to other extracurricular activities in school and community, work experience and the applicant’s record over the past four years.
Recipients are announced at the Annual Awards Ceremony, usually held on the last Monday in June. The Ceremony takes place in the presence of their peers, parents, teachers, and business and community leaders. This is not a fundraising event. 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 in their educational journey. Selection of recipients is made by a committee convened by the Board of Directors of UJAA (USA), Inc., the current administrators of the program.