Essay Contest:Jamaica Ex-Police Association of South Florida

The Jamaica Ex-Police Association of South Florida, Inc. is now accepting applications for its annual USA and Jamaican scholarships. Applications for the USA scholarship should be submitted to the scholarship committee of the association by March 31, 2009. Applications for the Jamaican scholarship will be handled by the Community Affairs Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The South Florida Scholarship will be awarded at the association’s annual ball on Saturday, April 25, 2009, at the Faith Tabernacle Banquet Hall, 7100 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida. The Jamaican Scholarship will be awarded on Monday, May 25, 2009, at the Negril Police Station in Westmoreland, Jamaica, at the conclusion of the association’s annual Jamaica Police Station’s Refurbishing Project at the station. A presentation of medical supplies and equipment will also be made to a health clinic in Westmpreland.

Both scholarships are awarded annually by the Jamaica Ex-Police Association of South Florida, Inc., in its effort to assist students in the South Florida community and in Jamaica. The scholarships are one time cash awards.


The criteria for the local USA scholarship are:

1. Applicant should be a legal resident in Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach County, Florida.
2. Applicant must provide proof of residency in one of the listed counties.
3. Applicant should be currently registered as a student in a 2-4 year college, or has been accepted as such.
4. Applicants must submit, on line and via mail, a two-page essay (81/2 x 11), typed in 12 inch fonts and double spaced. In the essay, the entrant should articulate convincingly why he/she should be awarded the scholarship.
5. Applications should be submitted to the Jamaica Ex-Police Association, P.O. Box 8605, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33310, by March 31, 2009.
6. Application packets must include the entrant’s full name, address, telephone number, and an email address if available.
7. The scholarship is a one-time cash award.
8. Students of Jamaican parentage are strongly encouraged to apply.
9. The financial need and scholastic aptitude of the applicants will be considered in the selection process.

Criteria for Jamaican Scholarship are:

1. Applicant must be a high school student or must have been accepted in a Jamaican High School.
2. Money awarded should be used only to purchase school supplies: books and uniform.
3. Over a one year period the funds will be disbursed by the principal or (the designee).
4. The principal (or designee) of the recipient’s school will administer the funds and submit an expenditure report to the Jamaica Ex-Police Association of South Florida, Inc., via the Community Relations Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
5. The Community Relations Division of the JCF will select the recipient. No division of the police force will be excluded from participating in the selection process.
6. For the one-year period of the scholarship, the recipient must attend school regularly, maintain satisfactory grades and display good conduct.
7. The scholarship is a one-time award.


For further information contact: Malachi Smith, MSCJ, PR Director JEPA: (305) 302-5365; malismith@aol.com.

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