Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks has lauded the Jamaica Howard University Affinity Network (JHUAN) for providing scholarship support to the tune of over US$100,000 to needy Jamaican students at Howard University over a three-year period.
She also congratulated the fifteen (15) students in the 2021 cohort who are recipients of an additional $45,000 in scholarships.
“Having been involved in the conception of this fantastic initiative three (3) years ago, I am truly proud of the remarkable strides made in such a short time, providing support to the tune of over US$100,000 to Jamaican students at Howard University.
”Speaking at the third annual scholarship awards on Saturday, March 27, Ambassador Marks said the Howard University scholarship fund; JHUAN was “a very timely and useful initiative which, I hope can be replicated at other institutions of learning across the US with large Jamaican population.
”The Jamaican ambassador to the US pointed out that “in addition to the provision of scholarships, JHUAN was created to serve the Jamaican community through mentoring and career development.” She encouraged the students to take full advantage of the mentoring and networking opportunities provided by JHUAN, thereby expanding their horizons and gaining the requisite tools to launch their careers.
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“Historically, Howard has been the University of Choice for hundreds of Jamaican citizens, many of whom have remained here in the D.M.V area or have returned to Jamaica and have done exceptionally well professionally. Regardless of the path to success and fulfilment which you choose, may I also encourage you, as beneficiaries of the goodwill of others, to also give back to others in need when you are given such an opportunity in the future,” Ambassador Marks concluded.
In his remarks, Chairman of JHUAN, Don Chistian said “my organization is pleased to award these 15 scholarships to the tune of US$45-thousand to deserving students attending Howard who are pursuing various degrees. He pointed out that the scholarship program was a part of a bigger effort to inspire and empower and motivate Jamaican students to take full advantage of their experience at Howard University.
”The JHUAN chairman recalled that the history of the establishment of the scholarship program in 2018 ways as a result of the collaboration and involvement of Ambassador Marks and Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick.
JHUAN Scholarship Program
The cost of college education is steadily rising while the resources available to Jamaican international students pursuing higher education and their families are declining. JHUAN is combatting this challenge through the creation of a scholarship program established to provide additional opportunities for students from Jamaica and of Jamaican heritage to gain financial aid.
The scholarship offers financial support and mentorship to full time students in any major at Howard University. Each year, students are invited to apply for scholarships to offset the cost of their demonstrated financial need.
The Jamaican Howard University Affinity Network (JHUAN) or ‘J1’ was created to provide greater support to Jamaican students at Howard University. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Honorable Audrey P. Marks, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, and Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, President of Howard University, JHUAN was established in 2018 with the mission to serve the Jamaican student community at Howard University through scholarships, mentoring and career development.
Who can apply for the JHUAN Scholarship Programme?
Students of all majors are encouraged to apply each year for one of the scholarships available, each valued up to USD$5,000. To be eligible, applicants must have a current GPA of 3.0 and meet the following criteria:
• An international student born in Jamaica or a student having at least one parent who was born in Jamaica.
• Enrolled full-time and in good standing as a full-time sophomore, junior, senior or graduate school student at Howard University.
• Applications must be submitted on or before September 17, 2020 at midnight.