Thank You Letters 2014

Ms. Samoya Smith, Clarendon College, JA

samoyapic_200wDear JAANC Members,

I want to say thank you for all your help and contribution towards me. I really appreciate all that you have done, so does my family.

I have graduated from Clarendon College and I wish to continue school in 6th Form at Old Harbor High School. Reason being, it is closer to home and the 6th form normally gives good results. After 6th form, hopefully I further my studies abroad. To go overseas for college is my desire, and with God as my guide I pray it happens.

I would like to pursue a career in Business. After college, I will be placed into a job and from there, I will build my way into my future.

I really hope you continue to help and support me. Thank you and May God bless you.

Yours truly,

Samoya Smith

President Note: Samoya would not have graduated this June from Clarendon College without our support. She was not awarded a scholarship in 2013 due to circumstances beyond our control. This June, JAANC received notification that she would not be allowed to graduate because of delinquent fees. JAANC awarded her $250 in scholarship. The school also withheld her CXC results even after the fees were paid. While this was later confirmed as an error, it further confirms the impact our scholarship on the life of this student. Bottom line, our help matters. US$250 is not a lot of money. But if you don’t have it, you don’t have it. Thank you to all our members who support our scholarship fund annually. Your donations matters. We invite those who have not contributed for this year to consider sending a donation now. No amount too large or too small to make a difference in the life of a person who is highly motivated and want to succeed in life.

“Together we can achieve the extraordinary”

Sade’ Wallace, The Art Institute of California, San Francisco


I am thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your support!

I am working on obtaining a BFA in Fashion Design with hopes of owning my own business. The financial assistance you provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses because it will allow me to continue school as a full-time student & graduate by the end of 2015.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. I ensure you that I will continue working diligently and give something back to others, both as community leader & possibly a scholarship to future art students like myself.

Sade’ Wallace

Thank You Letters 2013

Mary Shelton, Sacramento State University, CA

Thank you JAANC for selecting me as a recipient of your 2013-2014 scholarship. I sincerely appreciate the award and plan to purchase the Adobe programs and Apple technology I need to further pursue my dream career as a Graphic Designer. This award will also allow me to continue to volunteer using my creative skills as well as complete more of my class projects and assignments at home this year”. – Mary

Thank You Letters 2011

Melody House for Girls in Montego Bay

The girls at Melody House were most grateful for the gift fromyour organization. The funds were used for academic tutoring and to make some well needed repairs to the kitchen.
Melody House

Thank You Letters 2010

Alexa Brown, Merl Grove High
Auvarhenne Howell, The University of the West Indies
Deneve Sweeney, Wolmers’ Trust HighSchool for Girls
Neisha-Rose Hines, Middle Georgia College

Thank You Letters 2009

Tyrone Hall, Clark University, Massachusetts

Origin: Kingston, Jamaica
Academic Status: Graduated
Degree: Master’s in International Development and Social Change
Tyrone Hall's Graduation 2011
Quote: College students of Caribbean origin, especially Jamaicans, have few scholarship options, although a strong contingent of us may be found at colleges across the United States at any given time. So, I feel fortunate to have received a JAANC Scholarship. The vision and spirit behind JAANC compelled me to succeed. This is a prestigious scholarship, administered by my compatriots who value us–the awardees. Throughout my two years of graduate school, I knew that the administrators cared about my professional and personal development, not just my academic pursuits. That kept me at ease and highly motivated. You will be hard pressed to find a scholarship program like this.
I look forward to a fruitful and longstanding relationship with JAANC, as it continues to help shape the lives of our people in varied ways, here and back home.

I’m currently a Policy Research Associate at USAID’s Global Broadband and Innovations Program, with responsibility for Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for agriculture and natural resources management.

Claudine, Meharry Medical College, Nashville TN

I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincerest gratitude to your organization for your benevolence and the investment that you have made in my education. Your kindness is greatly appreciated and will not be soon forgotten. I assure you that I will work diligently to ensure that your investment yields substantial profit measured by my  educational excellence and success. Again I say thank you and wish for you and your organization  success and continued blessings.

Deangella, The University of the West Indies-Mona


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, very, very, much for bestowing upon
me you kind scholarship, which has assisted me in many way that I
cannot express in this message. I pray that you contiunue to keep up
the good work and to assist students, like myself, in achieving their
academic goals.

With Much Thanks,

Renee, The University of Technology ,Kingston


I would like to express my sincere gratitude for being chosen as a finalist. I was very happy and appreciative to know that I was selected as a recipient. Your generosity has lightened my financial burden and will help with my back-to-school preparations. Ultimately, it will be essential in helping me achieve my goal.

I will ensure to keep you informed of my academic progress and endeavor to maintain the high quality of work which has afforded me this opportunity.

Once again, thank you for your generosity. It is really appreciated.

Renee English