Category Archives: Scholarship Awards

Jordan A. Wright

2012 Scholarship Recipient

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Trishanna Punam Singh

2014 Scholarship Recipient

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Trishanna, a graduate of Middletown High School, is the daughter of Balwant and Liloutie Singh of Guyana.

Trish, as she is fondly called, has demonstrated academic excellence in her studies by achieving a 4.0 GPA. She was Honor Roll student throughout high school, and also was inducted into the National Honor Society. As one of her teacher put it, “Trish is one of the most hard-working students I had the opportunity of teaching in my sixteen year career.” Although Trish had a busy school schedule, she still found time to volunteer and to participate in extracurricular activities.

She spent time with the residents at the Ronald McDonald House; provided moral support for the Wounded Warriors at the National Naval Medical Center of Bethesda; and collected school supplies for needy children in the US and in Guyana. Trish also participated in her High School Swimming Team, Student Coordinator Club, Student Council, and the State Science Olympiad Team. Trish wants to be a Radiologist. She is enrolled in the 2-year Pace Program at Delaware Technical Community College af-ter which, she will transition to Thomas Jefferson Medical School to further her studies. Trish is centered, focused, and determined to achieve her goal, which is the early diagnosis of illnesses in the shortest time possible thereby saving lives.

Lackeeria Mackela Lewis

2014 Scholarship Recipient

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Lackeeria was born in Jamaica, West Indies. She loved school because she felt, “it was a place where teachers pushed us to do our very best, whether it was with a belt or ruler.” At the age of 11 years, Lackeeria migrated to the Philadelphia, USA.

The school she attended simply was not the same; teachers did not seem to care and doing homework or participating in extra-curricular activities was ridiculed by the students. As a result, her grades suffered. Fortunately, her dad Floyd Lewis, wanted a better life for his daughter and got her transferred to William Penn High School in Delaware, where she found nurturing teachers and students who had an interest in learning. She achieved and maintained a 3.0 GPA while participating in school activities and holding a part time job. As one teacher puts it: “Lackeeria is a young woman of outstanding character, leadership ability, and impeccable work ethic. She has consistently displayed the attitude, aptitude, and performance that are needed for success.”

She attends Delaware State University where she is majoring in English, and aspires to be a teacher. Her lifelong goal is to create a “Bridge Program” that would allow Caribbean children to obtain student visas to come to the US and obtain a college education. She believes that, education should not be compromised for not only is it strength and power, but most of all, it is individual freedom.

Amina Fayola DeVerteuil

2014 Scholarship Recipient

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Amina’s mother, Kathy is from Haiti, and her father, Richard is from Trinidad.

She is a Middletown High School graduate, with a 3.0 GPA, who has a clear sense of what she wants to accomplish in college as she pursues a degree in clinical psychology. She has challenged herself in high school by taking honors and AP level classes in psychology.

Amina is out-going and personable and sees the value in helping others. She applies her energy, enthusiasm, and time to community service. She has unselfishly volun-teered more than 75 hours with the Delaware Nature Society and the Ronald McDonald House.

Amina, who is very compassionate and works well with all type of people, is currently in the Associate in Arts Program at the University of Delaware, Dover Campus.

Lance Edwards

2011 Scholarship Recipient

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Lance’s paternal grandmother is from Trinidad and he is proud of the experience she shared with him and prouder yet of his father’s culture. Lance attended Polytech High School. In addition to receiving his high school diploma, he was awarded a Dental Radiology Certificate. He entered Delaware State University�s Early Bird Academic Student Program and was accepted into the SMILE – Science and Math Initiative for Learning Enrichment project as well as the Honors program. He has already earned 9 college credits. Lance hopes to intern during the summer of 2012 at a clinic in the Caribbean Islands, preferably in Trinidad. Lance’s high school counselor described that he watched Lance continue to mature into a fine young man as he participated in a number of leadership programs. Lance represented his high school as the Student Government Association Vice President and Skills USA team member. He is described as having exemplary time management skills and study habits as well as great maturity.

Lance has volunteered with the United Way of Delaware, and the Dover Air Force Base Youth Center Supreme Team. He also serves as local President of (EMBODI) Empowering Males to Build Opportunities to Develop Independence. He is certified in CPR and First Aid.

Lance earned a 3.0 GPA and is has a long term goal to be a Dentist.