THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
SHE DID IT!!! BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) Scholarship Recipient, Coya, who graduated from Wolmer’s High School for Girls in Kingston, Jamaica! We are so PROUD of Coya’s accomplishment!
Graduation was held on Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 and we are excited that some of our team members were able to attend, including CEF President & CEO, Nikiki Bogle, Esquire!
Coya stands as an impressive young lady, now at 17 years old! Five years ago in September 2010, at 12 years old, Coya was one of six students who were awarded a CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship based on high academics and financial need, to attend public high school in Jamaica. She graduated from Duhaney Park Primary School with several academic awards and excellence on the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).
Throughout her primary education, Coya had been a TOP SCHOLAR and earned the highest score at Duhaney Park Primary on the GSAT. She graduated at the top of her school and was Valedictorian of her shift. Among the high sores on all 6 subjects on the GSAT Examination, Coya received 100% in Composition and 98% in Mathematics. Coya lived in Spanish Town, St. Catherine with her aunt/guardian and four children in the household. The financial circumstances were dire and even more so, because her guardian was suffering from breast cancer. Her guardian had undergone a mastectomy and was receiving chemotherapy treatments at the time. In addition to trying to find money to pay for expensive cancer treatments, Coya’s guardian had four additional young children she was trying to put through school. Sadly, Coya’s guardian died of cancer in 2014.
Each year for the past five years, CEF has renewed Coya’s Scholarship in years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, so she could continue to attend high school.
Throughout her High School career at the Wolmer's, Coya continues to excel in academics and plays a leading role on her school’s Track and Field team, competing in the Discus. Despite very challenging economic and emotional circumstances, including the death of her guardian from cancer, Coya has held steadfast in focus to do her best and succeed!
COYA’S AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2014: Certificate of Merit for Academic Achievement
2014: Plaque for Highest Score in Mathematics in entire Fourth Form (Grade 10)
2014: Certificate of Excellence in Track and Field
2014: Award for Best Female Athlete
2014: Award for Student Athlete of the Year
2013: Blue Report Award for Excellent Performance on End of Year Exams
2012: Blue Report Award for Excellent Performance on End of Year Exams
2011: Blue Report Award for Excellent Performance on End of Year Exams
2011: Plaque for Highest English Score in entire Second Form (Grade 8)
2010-2014: Honor Roll
As Coya continues in her quest to attend Sixth Form in September 2015; and next planned journey to University to major in Information Technology, we wish her the very best! We hope that Coya continues to keep focus and becomes a positive role model in her community, Jamaica and the world!
CEF will continue to renew Coya’s Scholarship for the next two years of High School Sixth Form, as long as we obtain the funding to do so.
We would like say a HUGE THANK YOU to each of you who has financially contributed to the Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF)! Our CEF Scholars such as Coya, graduating from High School and becoming positive role models in their communities, is the reward for your kindness, generosity and love.
Please let us continue to ensure each child has meaningful access to education in Jamaica!
Future Lawyer Nicole is First in Class
The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) has been receiving last semester’s Grade Reports from our Scholarship Recipients. The Grade Reports we have received thus far have made us proud! CEF is particularly happy that our students continue to stay focus despite their challenges and circumstances and remained steadfast in excelling in high school. It is hard to focus when you have a hungry belly.
Your Donations are making a Difference
Nicole is First in her Class and we are so EXCITED!
Nicole continues to excel at Wolmer’s High School for Girls, one of the top high schools in Jamaica. She is now 14 years old and in Grade 9. We recently received Nicole’s last term Grade Report. She is not only an “A” Student, but she was placed First in Her Class! She also received a Blue Report Upper Tier Award for excellence in her work!
Nicole lives with her aunt who is her guardian. She has four brothers and sisters. Her aunt is currently unemployed and unable to obtain the funds for school fee, text books and school supplies to attend high school. Nicole says the Paul Bogle Scholarship "will give me the foundation to build a better me and build foundation for my career goal."
Nicole previously maintained an "A" average at Rollington Town Primary School. She earned high scores on the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in every subject, including 96% in Mathematics and 96% in Social Studies.
Nicole's goal is to become a Lawyer to help others resolve problems. We believe that with your continued assistance, Nicole will accomplish her goals! Our CEF team is very proud of this excellent result for Nicole, and each of you helped to make it happen! Thank you so much for your help!
CEF was only able to renew 10 of our Student Scholarships for the school year, due to a lack of sufficient funds. We continue to seek funding, in order to renew the additional 10 Scholarships, as those students are still without all their text books; and school fees are unpaid. We need your help to assist the additional children.
As you know, Public High Schools are NOT FREE in Jamaica. Our Paul Bogle Scholarships students' pay school fees, textbooks, school supplies, transportation and lunch. CEF is a registered U.S. based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are 100% tax deductible.
Help Make it Happen: March 18th is 30% Bonus Day on Global Giving!
GlobalGiving's first matching opportunity of 2015 is Wednesday, March 18th! They are offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $60,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT. There is also $2,000 in bonus prizes available!
Please help CEF and donate to our project on March 18th, so that we can raise needed funds through this great matching opportunity and complete our Scholarship Awards! Please donate early, as the matching funds go quickly and we need all the help we can get to ensure that all our Scholarship Recipients receive all their text books and pay their school fees.
A "Special Thank You" to all our Recurring Donors! Recurring monthly donations make a huge difference, no matter the amount: $10, $20, $50, $100. Since it is automated, you rarely miss those funds. Please consider becoming a CEF Recurring Donor Today! We would greatly appreciate it.
Huge Thank You to everyone for your continued support! You are giving brilliant poor children meaningful opportunities to transform their own lives out of poverty.
The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) would like to introduce you to one of our Education Champions, Ms. Tanya McLennon, CEF Student Operations Manager for Jamaica.
Ms. Tanya McLennon has exemplary served the Caribbean Education Foundation since January 2010 and entered her 4-year Anniversary in January 2014! She is the Student Operations Manager for Jamaica - - the main liaison among the student scholarship recipients, their parents/guardians, the primary schools from which they graduate, and high schools they enter for the next education journey.
Ms. McLennon explains the reasons she works with CEF, “It is wonderful to be a part of the Caribbean Education Foundation, because I witness daily how CEF is truly making a difference in each child’s education and the lives of poor children. Without an education in Jamaica, you are going nowhere. In order to get any job, including lower level, they require applicants to have passed subjects on the Caribbean Examinations. Job notices say, applicants must have passed “5 CXC subjects”. You cannot take CXC with without education and money to pay exam fees. Education is critical to success in Jamaica and poor children need an opportunity. CEF provides that opportunity.”
On any given day, you may find Ms. McLennon calling scholarship recipients to make sure they have everything required for high school; taking CEF Scholars to bookstores to purchase their textbooks and school supplies; meeting with high school bursars to ensure the school fees are paid; meeting with tutors to get assistance for a few students struggling in Math; conducting primary school tours; or meeting with Principals, Teachers, and Grade Six Coordinators on students' status with the CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship Applications; and more. Wow! Ms. McLennon does so much for CEF and the children! Did we mention she is a Volunteer?
According to CEF's President & CEO, Nikiki Bogle, Esq., "Tanya McLennon is CEF's Education Champion in Jamaica. Ms. McLennon does solid hard work with complete dedication; and always strives for excellence. She is invaluable to our student operations on the ground in Jamaica."
These are among the many reasons why CEF is very excited to have Ms. McLennon as the Learning Center Manager when we open our doors in 2014! She is perfect for the position and up to the task. The students love her and so do we! CEF knows that the Learning Center will be in excellent hands.
On the Learning Center Management position, Ms. McLennon smiles and exclaims, “I am truly honoured! The Learning Centre is a natural extension of what CEF already does to help educate poor children. CEF Scholars will have access to technology, tutoring, and more, which is essential for success. I am particularly excited, because I will get to spend more time with the children to help them. I love the fact that CEF Scholars are bright, and simply need help to get their education. Plus, they are so grateful for the assistance; and have been a joy to be around.”
Ms. McLennon explains why she has volunteered each year, for over 4 years with CEF: “Service and giving your time is important. You may not have the financial resources, but making the time to assist a life-changing cause is important to me. CEF is changing children’s lives for the better and I am happy to be of service to help make this happen in Jamaica.”
CEF is extremely grateful for the dedicated volunteers such as Ms. McLennon, and our wonderful supporters like you all, who are helping to make access to education a success for poor children! We need your continued support to make our scholarship recipients attendance in high school a continuing reality for the 2014-2015 school year.
Thank you very much for your generosity! You make our work possible.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND THANK YOU!
The Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) has awarded its 2013 Paul Bogle Scholarships to 25 brilliant, poor children to attend high schools in Jamaica. The Scholarships total $2.5 Million Jamaican dollars. Paul Bogle Scholarships are awarded to qualified and talented children who graduated from Primary Schools and passed their exams to attend High Schools but are in financial need. The Scholarships pay: school fees, text books, school supplies, lunch and transportation. Caribbean Education Foundation maintains high standards for its scholarship recipients. As is evidenced from the high caliber of students who are awarded Paul Bogle Scholarships, CEF Scholars are among the best and brightest; and attending Top High Schools throughout Jamaica. CEF's President, Nikiki Bogle, explains why Paul Bogle Scholarships are important, “Public High Schools in Jamaica are NOT FREE. It is a tremendous challenge for the working poor to provide the resources to send children to public high schools in Jamaica. We cannot leave an entire population of brilliant children to a life sentence of poverty with no opportunity for progress. Education will provide them with opportunities for success.” Read more…
CEF has added a New Video to our Project! Please visit our Project Page and check it out. Let us know what you think about it! It features Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipient, Ravorn, who has been in our High School Program since 2010.
The funds you generously donated in 2013 to this Project helped to send 7 additional children to high school in Jamaica! THANK YOU! We had already provided 10 student scholarships, so our total would have been 17 children in school. Due to additional generosity, CEF was able to send 8 more children to attend high school on partial scholarships for the semester. This means we were only able to help these 8 children get through December 2013. These 8 children still need our help to continue high school in January 2014!
CEF needs to raise the remaining funds and help our 8 additional children continue in high school and be fully funded with textbooks and transportation in January 2014. We simply cannot abandon these brilliant children and leave them without meaningful access to education! The following children still need funding to continue to attend high school in January 2014: Ravorn, Romilla, Tahjay, Kamiela, Nicole, Andre, Dania and Janneil.
MEET JANNEIL: She needs to get back to high school in January 2014
Janneil is one of the students who need help to continue high school in January 2014. She is currently an "A" student at Immaculate Conception High School in Jamaica. Janneil is 14 years old and in Grade 9. Janneil was a top scholar throughout her education at St. Peter Claver Primary School. Her grades range from 90% to100%. Janneil earned high scores on the Grade Six Achievement (GSAT) in every subject, including 97% in Mathematics and 97% in Language Arts. She works hard to keep her grade average at an A or A+ and has a positive attitude. Janneil aspires to become a Criminal Lawyer.
JANNEIL - CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipient 2011-2013
Janneil lives in the inner city of Kingston 11 with her parents and 20 people. She is one of 10 children and her father lost his job. Her mother is working, but earns $16,000 JA ($186 U.S.) per month. There is severe financial strain on the family. Janneil did not know how she was going to pay school fee to attend shool or buy books to learn and do homework. She wants to be given an opportunity to succeed. This scholarship drives Janneil to improve her physical, mental and academic abilities.
Please help CEF help Janneil and the other 7 children by contributing and speading the word!!!
READ LATEST SCHOLARSHIPS PRESS RELEASE!
Our CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Altamont Court Hotel in New Kingston, Jamaica. Please JOIN US if you are going to be in Jamaica! Attendance is by Invitation Only and you are all invited. Order Early Bird Tickets via Eventbrite:http://cefbanquet.eventbrite.com/?aff=efbevent
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EXCITING NEWS! CEF "Send a Poor Child to High School in Jamaica" Global Giving Project http://goto.gg/8694 has also been APPROVED for Microsoft's YouthSpark Initiative!!! Microsoft's YouthSpark opportunity is only available to GlobalGiving's Leaders and Superstars. Our project is now eligible for various YouthSpark funding opportunities, including Gap Inc., Hilton Honors and Your Cause. Big Thank You to Global Giving and Microsoft!
AMAZON SMILE: Do you, your family, or friends shop on Amazon? If so, shop through the recently launched AmazonSmile and select Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. as the beneficiary charity! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Caribbean Education Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know! Same products, same prices, same service. Support your CEF by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8816602
EBAY: Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. is now registered with EBay Giving Works! If you shop or sell items through Ebay, please select CEF. Read more...
On December 7, 2013, CEF President, Nikiki Bogle, Esq. was the KEYNOTE SPEAKER for Boston J.U.M.P. (Jamaica United Mission for Progress) 6th Anniversary Gala in Boston! Boston JUMP is a wonderful charity that helps needy children in Boston and Jamaica in early childhood education. JUMP also sponsored a child for the Caribbean Education Foundation Paul Bogle Scholarship in 2012. It was an HONOR and PLEASURE for Ms. Bogle to speak with 350+ of JUMP's supporters. Boston JUMP is helping to change the world. When you give a poor child access to education, you are opening doors for opportunities and success! You are giving that child a LIFE.
In October 2013, CEF President, Nikiki Bogle, Esq. was named a "Jamaican Hero and Role Model" by Page One Newspaper! Read more...
Please make a Year-End tax-deductible GIFT to CEF and/or donate in honor of a loved one! We need your help to contribute and spead the word!!!
Thank you very much for your generosity! You have made the education of brilliant, poor children possible. You are helping to change the world.
Have a wonderful holiday season with your family! Our CEF Team wishes you all the best in the New Year when it arrives.
Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq.
President & CEO
Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc.
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