Marcus E. Delpeche

2013 Scholarship Recipient


When we first saw Marcus, we just knew he was a basketball player because of his height, strong hands, and athletic physique. We soon learned that Marcus is, indeed, adept in basketball and even had the opportunity to play at the college level. However, Marcus has decided to pursue a degree in Business Management at Bates College in Maine. Marcus has a twin brother who will also be attending Bates College.

Marcus is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Delpeche. His mother is from Jamaica and his father is from Trinidad and Tobago. He attended Wilmington Friends School where he graduated with a GPA of 3.2. In high school, he challenged himself by taking the International Baccalaureate Certificate Program, which requires students to take 3 Higher Level Courses in the fields of History, Biology and English. Marcus did so without sacrificing his regular class work or athletic activities.

Marcus has been described by his teachers as affable, focused, and someone with integrity, remarkable insight, and a positive attitude. These attributes will serve him well as he embarks upon college life and the new challenges it presents.

Curtis J. Davis

2012 Scholarship Recipient


Curtis J. Davis is the son of Edwin and Carol Ann Davis from Trinidad & Tobago. He graduated from the Delaware Military Academy in June 2012, with a 3.20 GPA.

In high school, Curtis was a well-rounded student in academics, sports, and extracurricular activities, receiving many accolades including the distinction of Sea Hawk Cadet. His upbringing and military training have influenced his ambitious character and leadership skills.

After completing his advance training at Fort Gordon in Georgia with the Delaware Army National Guard in computer detection and repair in November, Curtis will enter the University of Delaware pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy. Upon graduation from University he will have earned sufficient credits to become a United States Army Officer.

Danielle Delpeche

2011 Scholarship Recipient


Danielle Delpeche (Dani) is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Delpeche. With her mother from Jamaica and her father from Trinidad and Tobago, Danielle has the opportunity to be exposed to both cultures.

Danielle attended Wilmington Friends High School where she pursued the most rigorous curriculum available – the IB Diploma Program. Her teachers valued her creativity, intelligence, intuitive literary analysis and her analytical abilities. Danielle has been described by her high school director of college guidance as a unique individual, who marches to the beat of her own drum, takes the path less travelled, quirky, creative, and expressive. Other adjective used were brilliant, insightful, and open minded. She has been respected by her peers for her unique and thoughtful perspective.

She has excelled throughout her high school years. She has earned the All-State recognition for her Volleyball abilities and has served as an assistant coach for her club teams. Danielle has also mentored many of her peers at her high school.

She has earned a GPA of 3.57 and is currently attending Swarthmore College where she has continued playing volleyball at the collegiate level, while pursuing a degree in Psychology/Education.

Deborah C. Occident

2013 Scholarship Recipient


Deborah was born in the United States. She is the daughter of Martin & Darlene Occident from Haiti. She attended Newark High School where she graduated with a 3.8 GPA. Deborah is an accomplished violinist who gave back to her community by tutoring students in playing the violin.

Deborah’s goal is to be a doctor, more specifically, a cardiologist. She also wants to serve in the military. Deborah is attending St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York where she is taking science and liberal arts. Deborah is articulate, disciplined and intellectually mature for her age. One of her high school teachers remarked, “Deborah is a dedicated student and a true scholar.She has a quiet passion that forces people to take notice when she speaks. Her words seem to have a different heft and resonate in a way that is unique for one her age.”

With guidance for her career path, Deborah will become the compassionate physician she so desires to be.

Jordan A. Wright

2012 Scholarship Recipient


Jordan is the son of Pamela Stampp of Jamaican parentage. He attended the Paul M. Hodgson Vocational-Technical High School in Glasgow, Delaware and graduated with an impressive 3.86 GPA.

In addition to his studies, Jordan was a faithful member of his church, volunteering many hours of service as a bible educator and mentor. He also worked as an Assistant Caregiver at a local facility, meeting the basic needs of hospice patients.

During the summer of 2011, Jordan visited Jamaica and was shocked beyond all reason when he saw the disabled and small children stealing food just to survive. That experience inspired Jordan even more to obtain a college degree with an eye towards helping the less fortunate. Jordan is currently studying Engineering at the University of Delaware.

Chantelle A. Preston

2012 Scholarship Recipient


Chantelle is the daughter of Kathy Smart-Preston, the Smart family from Trinidad & Tobago and her American father, Harvey Preston. At age 8, Chantelle visited Trinidad and fell in love with the food, culture, beaches, and the beautiful people of Trinidad.

To further experience the T&T culture, she performed with the Trinidad Cultural Group at cultural educational presentations by the Delaware Multicultural Education Council and the Delaware Dept. of Education. She attends all the TTCAD functions.

While in high school, Chantelle consistently performed with academic excellence. She also volunteered at New Life Christian Center Outreach Program to improve her community. Because of hard work and dedication, Chantelle graduated from Caravel Academy with a 3.93 GPA. She is now studying Physics and International Relations at John Hopkins University.

Basil Williams

2011 Scholarship Recipient


Basil Williams is the oldest of 3 children born to Jamaican parents and has lived in DE all his life as he was born in the US. From an early age he learned the importance of education from his family. Basil attended Tower Hill High School and has been active in sports, where he played basketball, football and baseball. While at high school, Basil’s mother lost her job. Being economically challenged, Basil describes himself as being able to differentiate his needs versus his wants. He decided to enlist for some classes that would provide him with practical skills, like woodworking, digital imaging, photography and theatre. He freelanced as a photographer to help earn some money for the family. This helped sustain his family through the economic downturn.

In addition to his full schedule, Basil was able to visit local schools where he spoke to other students about engineering which was his field of study. During the summer participated in the Forum for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering (FAME) program for which he received many awards. He also worked with the New Castle County Safety Town Program. Basil believes that George Bernard Shaw said it best when he said, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” Basil intends to give back to his Jamaican community, thereby assisting others to be the best that they can be.

Basil earned a 3.3 GPA and has been accepted to 8 Universities. He is currently attending Villanova University pursuing a degree in Engineering.

Jelana Ngozi Roach

2011 Scholarship Recipient


Jelana was born in Brooklyn NY and is the daughter of Jillion and Colin Roach of Trinidad and Tobago. She attended Delcastle High School where she received many academic awards. She was a three year varsity cheerleader and member of the track team. She was nominated to represent her school in the Blue-Gold football game which was in support of mentally challenged children. Jelana has been described by her high school guidance counselor as a role model who actively participated in class discussion, as well as a person with drive and motivation to reach her goals. While in high school she demonstrated a commitment to helping others by volunteering at the Christiana Hospital and at a local senior center.

Jelana is proud to be very independent minded. This trait led her to obtain her first job as a patient escort at age 16 and had spurred her interest in the medical field. Jelana started making her own car payments and car insurance at the early age of 16. That taught her the importance of responsibility and dedication.

Jelana earned a 3.0 GPA and is now attending Barry University in Miami FL where she is pursuing a degree in Pre-Med and hopes to become a Pediatrician some day in the future.

Naiesha Palmer

2011 Scholarship Recipient


Naeisha Palmer has been described by her English Instructor at Pencader High School as ‘an academically gifted student, who has represented the school in extracurricular activities, as well as someone who possesses strong leadership skills.’ Naeisha was recently inducted into the high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. While attending high school she was a member of PAL (Peers as Leaders), which matched an upperclassman with a freshman student. Naeisha was born in Jamaica and came to the US with her family at age 3. She grew up in Delaware. She has participated in a number of community service activities by volunteering at churches, food banks, clothes closets, libraries, and a hospice. Naeisha plans on giving back to Jamaica by working with the Jamaican Outreach Inc, an organization that helps by improving the lives of young people…

She was a member of the Business Professionals of America, and Students against Destructive Decisions (SADD). She also played Volley Ball and Soccer. Throughout her high school years Naeisha showed strong work ethic, a quiet strength, dedication, and determination, hence her success stories.

She graduated with a 3.83 GPA and is currently attending Hood College in Frederick MD where she is pursuing a degree in Elementary and Special Education.

History of TTCAD

History of Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Association of Delaware (TTCAD)


Ground Breaking

The year was 1999 and both the State of Delaware and the City of Wilmington were planning their year 2000 millennium celebrations as most cities and States. Out of such planning was born the Delaware Multicultural Education Council (DMEC), which brought together over twenty cultures from across the State, to present cultural programs so as to improve understanding among the diverse citizens of Delaware. DMEC, under the leadership of Chan Lee Pow, invited citizens from Trinidad & Tobago living in Delaware, to participate as one of Delaware’s cultures at the State’s Tall Ships 1999 extravaganza. The acceptance of DMEC’s invitation resulted in citizens from Trinidad & Tobago coming together and presenting various aspects of their country’s culture at the Tall Ships’ International Pavilion set up for DMEC. The working relation established at the Tall Ships’ International Pavilion in 1999 by these immigrants, was the ground-breaking act that brought together Delaware residents who migrated from Trinidad & Tobago.

The Foundation

Although an official operating structure and official name were not considered until 2006, the foundation for Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Association of Delaware (TTCAD) began taking hold from 1999 when families who migrated from Trinidad & Tobago came together to participate in DMEC’s cultural education programs. In addition, these families produced and presented annually, Trinidad & Tobago style carnival in the City of Wilmington, supported by family and friends from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington and Canada. The teamwork from 1999 by the following families, was very influential in establishing the foundation which allowed TTCAD’s emergence. These families included: Hinds, Lee Pow, Lord, Ryan, Simpson, and Wilson. 


The Emergence

After operating under an unofficial name of Trinidad & Tobago Culture from 1999, participating mainly in DMEC’s cultural education programs and the City of Wilmington celebrations, the participating families worked with the necessary State & Federal authorities to officially establish a nonprofit {501 c (3)} operating structure. Thus emerged Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Association of Delaware (TTCAD) in 2006. Bonding of Leadership The period from 1999 to 2004 requires notable mention, since during that period the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural group, now officially called TTCAD, participated in events and programs that had great significance in the State of Delaware and strengthened teamwork among members.


Bonding of Leadership

These events and programs hosted mainly by DMEC with support from the communities; corporations; the Cities of Wilmington and Dover; and the State, included the following accomplishments by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural group:

A. Recognized as a leading participant in the DMEC theatrical stage presentation titled “Cultural Tapestry” which raised $6,000 for the Red Cross.

B. Contributed cultural-education material of Trinidad & Tobago to two study guides which were distributed to Delaware schools. These study guides were prepared by DMEC in partnership with the State of Delaware Department of Education.

C. Participated and presented under DMEC’s cultural education programs, various aspects of Trinidad & Tobago culture. These DMEC programs were held at every major theatre and venue in the State of Delaware and were attended by over seven thousand students.


Journey after Official Formation

After receiving approval in 2006 from the Federal Government to operate as a nonprofit with 501 C (3) status, focusing on supporting education and charitable causes, TTCAD embarked on fulfilling its mission in Delaware, Trinidad & Tobago and other communities/countries requiring support. Since its official formation and through its fund-raising efforts which required a high level of commitment from Board members and supporting volunteers, the following are some of TTCAD’s achievements:

I. Provided thousands of dollars as university scholarships to children of Caribbean parentage fromBarbados, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts/Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, etc. (refer TTCAD website:

II. Donated to Haitian relief through John Hopkins Hospital and the American Red Cross.

III. Donated to Ronald McDonald, Adopt-a-Family and others.

IV. Provided awards and educational tools to students from schools in Trinidad & Tobago.



As a nonprofit with an all volunteer Board, and like any Federally approved nonprofit allowed by the IRS to operate for the benefit of and ownership by the public, TTCAD has experienced the movement of incoming and departing Board members. The rotation of Board members may be viewed by some as unhealthy for any business. However, such a rotation process is natural and more beneficial than detrimental. Movement of Board members allows for: (1) the introduction of new ideas, (2) a review and possible improvement of past practices by a fresh set of eyes, (3) compliance with Federal nonprofit laws, and (4) others. TTCAD’s successes from 1999 to 2010 were possible because of the following families who unselfishly volunteered their time, effort and resources to serve on the Board, some of whom are on the current Board: Agard, Berkeley-Ayres, Briggs, Charles, Hinds, Kirton, Lee Pow, Lord, Mitchell, Ryan, Simpson, Smart-Preston, and Wilson.


The Future

With a mission focused mainly toward education of Caribbean youth as approved by the Federal government, TTCAD’s success to date as witnessed at its 9/25/10 Scholarship Gala, is a testament of the reputation it has built with its supporters, sponsors, donors, and all others who are interested in youth development through higher education. TTCAD’s leadership is committed to the success of TTCAD’s mission, and makes every effort to manage TTCAD’s business with transparency and full accountability. There is an old saying: “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.” TTCAD is making every effort to ensure that the minds of our youth are not wasted. With continued support from its supporters, sponsors, donors, and all others who are interested in youth development through higher education, TTCAD will continue to make a difference in the lives of many.


TTCAD’s Core Values

The core values of TTCAD are the cornerstone of what TTCAD is and what TTCAD expects. These values are:

Highest ethical behavior

a. We conduct TTCAD’s business affairs to the highest ethical standards and will proactively comply with all applicable laws and TTCAD bylaws.

b. We work diligently to ensure that TTCAD remains a respected nonprofit citizen as authorized by the US Government/IRS.


a. To fulfill TTCAD’s mission as a public organization, owned by the public and operated for the benefit of the public, we conduct TTCAD’s business affairs in ways that ensure transparency, full accountability and the highest level of integrity (refer some definitions below).

b. We monitor, update and implement appropriate controls and processes to ensure TTCAD maintains the highest level of credibility with the public and the Government bodies.

Loyalty, Independence & Mutual Respect

a. We conduct TTCAD’s business with full loyalty to TTCAD’s goals, objectives and mission in compliance with all laws, making decisions or taking positions acceptable to TTCAD as a nonprofit.

b. We conduct TTCAD’s business by applying the principles of independence and objectivity, valuing the benefits derived from diverse independent opinions.

c. We foster an environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity, sharing ideas, skills and talents for the realization of TTCAD’s objectives.


1. Transparency“Openness/honest” and “Uninhibited/Free” exchange of information in all communication and accountability. Transparent procedure/processes include open meetings, full disclosure at all times, budgets, audits, meeting minutes available to the public, etc. (i.e. A transparent object is one that can be seen through).

2. Full Accountability – The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; the obligation to accept the responsibility for failure to perform as expected.