U.S. Elite International, National Education Trust partner to award 2024 Honorary Legacy Scholarships to Kingston College, Edwin Allen High and Muschett High

By March 27, 2024
From left: Vice President and Liaison Programme Director at U.S. Elite Internationsl Keishia Thorpe, Vice Principal at Kingston College Christopher Brown, Former Olympian Vilma Charlton, Edwin Allen Champs Captain and 400m hurdles gold medallist Tonyan Beckford, Mushcett High's Champs Class Two 200m gold medallist Johan Ramaldo-Smythe and Principal at Excelsior High School Deanroy Bromfield. From left: Vice President and Liaison Programme Director at U.S. Elite Internationsl Keishia Thorpe, Vice Principal at Kingston College Christopher Brown, Former Olympian Vilma Charlton, Edwin Allen Champs Captain and 400m hurdles gold medallist Tonyan Beckford, Mushcett High's Champs Class Two 200m gold medallist Johan Ramaldo-Smythe and Principal at Excelsior High School Deanroy Bromfield.

U.S. Elite International and National Education Trust have come together to recognize Kingston College, Edwin Allen High and Muschett High for their outstanding performances at the recently concluded ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships held at the National Stadium in Kingston.

The three schools were selected as recipients of the 2024 Honorary Legacy Scholarships during a ceremony held at the Ministry of Education on Wednesday.

U.S. Elite International is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States, whose mission is to support low-income and at-risk students through the college matriculation process, provide mentorship through their collegiate studies and help them graduate college debt-free.

The 2024 Honorary Legacy Scholarships recognize the winners of the 2024 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships, also known as "CHAMPS," and will be awarded as follows:

The Hubert Lawrence Legacy Scholarship for Champion Boys' School valued at J$309,000.

Hubert Lawrence was a renowned journalist, veteran, and world-class track and field analyst, whose monumental contribution to the sport is evidenced through his coverage of major track and field championships locally and internationally.

The John Messam Legacy Scholarship for Champion Girls' School also valued at J$309,000.

John Messam was an information technology professional but was most renowned for his valuable contribution to track and field, laying the foundations for hurdles in the country.

The Vilma Charlton Legacy Scholarship for Top Emerging School valued at J$154,500.

Vilma Charlton is a retired university lecturer and renowned track and field Olympian. She was the first woman to receive an athletic scholarship to Pepperdine University, USA, where she was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Each selected institution will receive an award banner that must be displayed in the institution for at least one year after receiving the scholarship.

 “It is with these scholarship awards that we help to carry on the legacies of the lives of these people into the next generation,” said Keishia Thorpe, Vice President and Liaison Programme Director at U.S. Elite International at the handover ceremony.

“The students we serve are students whose stories represent our own and we are honored to work alongside the National Education Trust (NET) to make sure that schools in Jamaica that are working with these students have an opportunity to advance in wither the athletic or academic field,” she added.

National Education Trust Limited (NET) is a Registered Charitable Organization and a Government of Jamaica agency that mobilizes financial and quality resource investments for the education sector.

NET also implements infrastructure development projects for educational institutions in Jamaica to achieve greater levels of access to education and learning.

The relationship between U.S. Elite International and the National Education Trust (NET) began a year ago when the leaders of the organization, Dr. Treisha Thorpe and Keishia Thorpe, adopted both Excelsior High and Primary Schools to provide funds to help advance their technology and infrastructure projects.

The sponsorship, which is US$10,000 per annum for 2 years, is shared equally between the two schools and is facilitated by NET.

This year, U.S. Elite International, through its "Making Champions Project" Initiative, embarks on providing Legacy Scholarships, a single monetary allotment that will be awarded to selected institutions each year.

This initiative aims to empower schools to more efficiently support their students and prepare them for college by giving them the resources to enhance the quality of the academic and sports programmes they offer.

The group believes that by doing so, it will in turn, make it easier for students and, by extension, athletes to use their gifts and talents as a passport to higher education.

U.S. Elite and its partnering agencies will determine the criteria for these awards each year, but the stipulation that the products and funds be used to advance the academic and sports programmes offered by these institutions will main resolute.

Notwithstanding, the scholarship shall not be used for infrastructure or non-related sports equipment and will be administered through the National Education Trust (NET).

 

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