The Reach One Child (ROC) Foundation Announces 2013 Scholarship Recipients

The Reach One Child Foundation through it’s ROC Scholarship Program today announced the 2013 ROC Scholars, recognizing 21 grade sixth students for their accomplishments in academics, the arts as well as school and community service. Of the  Twenty One (21) ROC Scholars, two students were awarded The Cherine Anderson Scholarship for the top male and top female honor.

With over 200 outstanding applicants from across the fourteen parishes received this year, The ROC Scholarship committee had a difficult task in selecting the top 21 scholars. The recipients were awarded based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school reports, leadership, interviews, as well as evidence of school and community service, and a commitment to good conduct.

Of the 21 scholars awarded this year, 57% are from rural parishes. The entire class has either served as prefects  or peer counselors with more than 90% awarded Top achievers and/or valedictorian by their respective schools. Among the group of scholars are members of the national championship teams for their respective school’s Junior School Challenge Quiz, National Reading Competition, National Spelling Bee Competition, Rabbit Care Management Competition, JCDC Festival Competition-Dance, Music and Drama, as well as the University of the West Indies Junior Math Olympiad. Among the group are perfect scores in GSAT Communication Task, with grades as high as 99% in GSAT Social Studies and Mathematics and 97% in Science.

According to the President of Reach One Child “ROC” Foundation, Cherine Anderson ” I am so proud of these students, they continue to demonstrate that we have great young minds in Jamaica who continue to commit to excellence through academics, the arts and service”. She continues, “They should be an example to all that even with the most challenging situation, great things can be achieved through hard work and a will to succeed”.

The scholars will be presented with their official packages and certificates at the ROC Award ceremony to be held on July 25th, 2013.

The complete list of 2013 ROC Scholars are:

Name Parish High School ROC Scholarship
Vaniel Findlay Kingston Campion College Cherine Anderson Scholar
Davina Brown Kingston Ardenne High Cherine Anderson Scholar
Devante Leslie Kingston Ardenne High ROC Scholar
Kameisha Allwood Kingston Wolmers Girls School ROC Scholar
Nicoleen Thomas Kingston Alpha Academy ROC Scholar
Tyrese Ellis Kingston Kingston College ROC Scholar
Shadeiva Petrie Kingston Alpha Academy ROC Scholar
Lamar Tomlinson Kingston Excelsior High ROC Scholar
Amadie Sital Kingston Merl Grove ROC Scholar
Latoya Davis St. Andrew Oberlin High ROC Scholar
Chad Smith St. Thomas Camperdown High ROC Scholar
Mark Roberts St. Thomas Morant Bay High ROC Scholar
Tiahana Campbell St. Thomas Oberlin High ROC Scholar
Jameila Jones St. Ann Camperdown High ROC Scholar
Nikada Pettigrew St. Ann Morant Bay High ROC Scholar
Natasha Smith St. Ann Seaforth High ROC Scholar
Beyonce Smith Clarendon York Castle High ROC Scholar
Tahjray Myers Manchester Westwood high ROC Scholar
Kheely Chae Wellington St. Catherine St. Hildas High ROC Scholar
Savannah Nembhard St. Catherine Wolmers Girls School ROC Scholar
Kayli Haden St. Catherine Wolmers Girls School ROC Scholar


The ROC Scholarship Program was established to recognize some of Jamaica’s most outstanding graduating primary school sixth grade students. The program supports students who demonstrate excellence in academics and arts, actively contribute to school and community through service, but also show verifiable financial need. The scholarships assist with expenses for their high school education.

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