Eligibility: All 2019 United States High School graduates of Jamaican parentage.
Essay Topic:Being of Jamaican heritage and living in the United States of America provides a unique perspective of cultures and history. What would you say is the best of both worlds? The essay must include a comparison of culture and history, how and why you would embrace your choice, and what would your generation do to support that choice..
• One entry per student,
• Essay must be typed, double spaced and not exceed 5 pages; minimum 500 words. • Each page must be numbered. • Essay must have a cover page containing the title, the student's name, and notarized confirming originality. • Where applicable, footnotes and bibliography must be included in an appendix to the essay. • Each entry must be submitted with an ESSAY COMPETITION ENTRY FORM • Finalists must be prepared to be interviewed by the judges. • Essay entry must be postmarked no later than June 9th, 2019 and mailed to: UJAA (USA), Inc. 2019 Essay Competition 1452 President Street Brooklyn, NY 11213
Or emailed to HSGAwards@ujaausa.org
For information, please call: 917-523-5887 or 516-713-8270
Prizes: ● GRAND PRIZE - A trip for 2 to Jamaica **
All decisions by the judges will be final. UJAA (USA), Inc. reserves the right not to award a prize at any level. THE AWARDS CEREMONY IS: Monday, June 24, 2019, 6:00 pm Jamaica Performing Arts Center – 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432
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.
Mail the completed, signed application with your complete official transcript of high school grades and other relevant documents, e.g. college application essay, letters of recommendations and or congratulations to: UJAA (USA) Inc.1452 President StreetBrooklyn, NY 11213
Applications and required attachments must be received no later than June 13th.
Information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by UJAA (USA), INC. If selected to receive an award, the student must authorize release of scholarship application materials and photograph for use by the sponsor for program and publicity. Questions about the application process may be directed to UJAA (USA) Inc.
The Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc. (UJAA) has hosted an annual High School Graduate Awards every year since its formation over 27 years ago. This event recognizes high school graduates of Jamaican lineage as they graduate high school and move on to matriculating in colleges and universities. Another aspect of this award is an essay competition through which students are encouraged to write an essay on a topical subject that is selected by UJAA. The winner of the essay competition is announced during the AwardsCeremony. A special prize of an all expense paid trip to Jamaica is presented to the essay competition winner and their chaperone.
The Awards Ceremony takes on the form of a reception and some awardees are given the opportunity to address their fellow awardees and the general audience. The profile of each awardee is also published in the award’s program. Each awardee is presented with a certificate of recognition by UJAA member organizations, private individuals, and businesses.
As UJAA continues this program, we would like to increase the amount of graduates who receive cash awards. In this regard the following plan is being proposed with the goal of raising funds to benefit the awardees starting with the current year's graduating class.
Plan: To raise no less than $2,500
This amount will be disbursed to five (5) awardees each receiving a $500 cash award
Method: Launch a Donor Campaign
Contact individuals through social media, telephone, face to face meetings
Contact business entities through letters and face to face meetings
Encourage more UJAA member organizations to contribute funds for cash bursaries
To send is a check please download the Sponsorship Opportunity and Donation Form shown above.