2014 Keynote Speaker
Jasmine Paul is a 1st Lieutenant in United States Air Force with an undergraduate degree in Communications from High Point University in High Point, NC. She is currently stationed at Malmstrom, AFB in Great Falls, MT. She quickly upgraded to Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander and her outstanding performance led to her being selected for the successful 2013 Test Launch of a Minuteman III ICBM at Vandenberg AFB, CA. During her time in California, she volunteered to speak to 50 high school students about college and life after high school. She provided key insight about schol-arships and funding available. Soon thereafter, she led a wing-wide Multi-Cultural event, sponsored by Malmstrom’s Wing Commander, to create a festival of culture, learning and celebration realizing $6000.00.
Jasmine received her Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurship from Oklahoma State University in May 2014. With this degree, she plans to start a non-profit for youth that focuses on education, mentoring and self-improvement. Jasmine is in the process of writing a book titled, “Where to Start” that gives a first-hand account of her ambitions to attend college and her success to complete college in 3 years with numerous scholarships. She plans to use this book as an educational tool for youth leaders, mentors and educators. She realizes that the AF demands well-rounded officers and strives to meet the need through her work in the community and personal growth. Among her many church and community projects, she coordinated a sexual assault awareness program titled, “Unmask,” that educated the Great Falls community about this serious and pressing issue.
Just recently, Jasmine was recognized for her community service efforts when she was named 341st Operations Group Volunteer of the Quarter. In 2014 alone, she has logged over 50 community service hours. Jasmine is currently a deputy instructor for the 341st Operations Support Squadron at Malmstrom AFB and an active member of Union Bethel AME Church. Within her church, she offers a creative component as a praise dancer.
Jasmine Paul realizes that none of her accomplishments would be possible without God, her family, friends, mentors, and leaders that support her throughout every step of the way. She is truly thankful to TTCAD for one of the many scholarships she received. Because of her love for education and youth development, she is excited to be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association Scholarship Gala. Tonight she will inspire and touch the lives of other scholarship recipients, and the general public in attendance. She is the daughter of Marina Shillingford of Barbados, and Anselm Paul or Trinidad.