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The Scholarship program assists graduating high school students of Jamaican heritage in metro Atlanta and in Jamaica with first-year college expenses. Since the inception of the program in 1995, more than 100 students have received awards.  This included 10 awards in 2020, 19 awards in 2021 and 17 awards in 2022, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and forced cancellation of the annual Independence Ball and Scholarship awards fundraisers in 2020 and 2021. Read more about 2021 here. Read more about 2020 here.


Eligibility requirements, deadlines and application form are posted on the AJA website, sent to high schools, and promoted in the AJA newsletter, beginning in February.   Applications are rigorously reviewed by the Education Committee and finalists determined. Applicants must:

  • Have a minimum of 3.5 GPA, or its equivalent.

  • Have financial need and not be the recipient of a full scholarship to a college or university.

  • Meet any other listed eligibility requirements.

  • Submit completed application form, copy of transcript, curriculum vitae detailing school, extracurricular, community activities and service, signed agreement and any other requested materials by the posted deadline date for that year (mid-April).

Finalists must participate in a virtual interview, or in-person when feasible, on posted date (early May), with Education Committee members. AJA Education Committee: 

Special thanks to our sponsors, donors, and members for your financial support of the program. Additional donations can be made online at any time at

Please help us continue making an impact in our local and international communities by using button below to make a donation to AJA:

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