Dear  Members, Friends & Sponsors:

Re:  JNA Student Outreach and Educational Support  (SOES) Program  &
        Leadership Development (LD)  Scholarship

We are seeking your  financial support for our Student Outreach and Educational Support (SOES) Program and specifically for our 2021 Leadership Development (LD)  Scholarships.  Our  SOES Program and our LD Scholarships focus on building future  community leaders.  Prior to our scholarship awards, please join our upcoming Virtual Marketing Campaign on Saturday, August 28, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Our Leadership Development scholarships will be awarded in a virtual ceremony on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM , and  are  offered to students of Jamaican heritage attending colleges in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. These scholarships  assist them with indirect costs associated with their educational endeavors, such as books, supplies, small personal needs,  etc.   Studies have shown that  many students find  it extremely difficult to meet these types of expenses, which are often not covered by other resources focused on tuition and fees. The pandemic has served to compound this situation.

In developing our SOES Program, JNA recognized three important things: 

  • First, that Jamaicans in the diaspora are often  identified as  possessing leadership characteristics.  We believe these  characteristics can serve as a foundation for  building effective leaders.  Accordingly, our SOES Program targets developing effective leadership and communication skills while providing networking and mentoring  opportunities for these 
  • Second, we know that effective leadership is a learned-skill, and we encourage students to volunteer and learn while doing good; and
  • Third, we recognize that JNA owes much to the activism of student leaders  as it was founded by Jamaican students attending colleges in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area over fifty (50) years ago.

 We are three months away from our November awards and  urgently need your financial support to meet our 2021 goal of raising $25,000 – $50,000. No contribution is too small.  All contributions  will be recognized as described in our Sponsorship & Donation Form available online.

We hope you will consider this request to help us meet our SOES goals.  As JNA is a  501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed under the IRS regulations. 

Thank you for your financial assistance and support of this worthy educational project. If you have any questions about the SOES Program, please feel free to contact Jennifer Asher at (202) 250-4521 or send an email to: