There are various Jamaican American foundations and organizations that provide Jamaican American students with the opportunity to receive funding for their educations. Students are often required to become part of the organization in honor of their heritage and even contribute volunteer work or efforts in order to help improve the organization.
Jamaican American Association of Central Florida
The Jamaican American Association of Central Florida offers a $500 scholarship to students between the ages of 16 and 24 who are of Jamaican descent. Students must be enrolled to attend college and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Students interested in this scholarship must write a one-page explanation of how their heritage helps their success in the United States. Students must also be able to submit information proving their Jamaican heritage.
Jamaican American Association of Central Florida P.O. Box 680355 Orlando, FL 32818 jamaicanamericanassoc.com
Jamaican American Association of Northern California
The Jamaican American Association of Northern California awards scholarships to students of Jamaican heritage who live in the United States. Students must demonstrate financial need for college tuition, books and other college expenses. They must be enrolled full- or part-time at an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Applications can be found on the association website and must be mailed to the association by May 31 of the scholarship year.
Jamaican American Association of Northern California Scholarship Committee Chairperson 810 Clay St. Oakland, CA 94607 jaanc.org
American Friends of Jamaica, Inc.
The American Friends of Jamaica provides a variety of grants to organizations that provide assistance to Jamaicans through education, health and economic development. Students, entrepreneurs and organizations can receive scholarships and grants up to $20,000 from the organization. Students can check the website for available scholarship and grant opportunities.
American Friends of Jamaica, Inc. P.O. Box 230270 New York, NY 10023 212-626-6883 theafj.org
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