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JWOF accepting applications for “Powerful Women…Next Generation” Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Jamaican Women of Florida “Powerful Women…Next Generation” scholarship.

The scholarship, renewable annually, is awarded to a first or second generation, Jamaican-American female high school student attending college in Fall 20156. Valued at $1,000 yearly, the scholarship will encourage the recipient to achieve her four-year educational goal at a tertiary institution. So far, two students have been recipients of the JWOF Scholarship.

In order to meet the criteria for the scholarship opportunity, the applicant must be a resident of South Florida, and have a high school graduating 3.5 GPA, which has to be maintained throughout the tenure of the scholarship. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, March 31, 2016. As part of the qualifying criteria, the candidate is required to demonstrate commitment as a volunteer in community projects by performing a minimum of forty (40) hours per semester. In addition, the candidate must compose an essay (not more than two (2) pages, double-spaced), explaining why she should be awarded this scholarship. The applicant’s study program should also include credits in International Studies and/or Women’s studies, if available.

Application material must be accompanied by candidate’s contact information (name/address/telephone/email address) and emailed to Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to 3325 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 206, Hollywood, FL 33021. The Scholarship will be awarded at JWOF’s fourth anniversary celebration which takes place at the Women’s Empowerment Conference and Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, April 23rd at the Jungle Island, Miami, Florida. Further details regarding the anniversary celebration are available online at www.JamaicanWomenOfFlorida.com

Jamaica Women of Florida
Scholarship Program

The objective:

The Organization awards a renewable scholarship, annually, to a high school student accepted in a tertiary program, first or second generation Jamaican, to encourage the recipient to achieve her four-year educational goal at a tertiary institution. The annual scholarship is valued at $1,000.

Criteria for obtaining scholarship:

Applicant should be a resident of Florida:-

  1. Applicant must be of first or second generation Jamaican descent.
  2. Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.5 throughout the tenure of the scholarship.
  3. Applicant’s study program should include credits in International Studies and/or Women’s Studies program, if available.
  4. Applicant must demonstrate continuous involvement in volunteer community projects. (At least 40 hours minimum required per semester) and continued through the college duration.
  5. Applicant must write a two (2)-page, double-spaced essay explaining why she should be awarded this scholarship. Essay must be. Applications must be received by Thursday, March 31, 2016.


  1. Advertisement will be done through community news release via print and broadcast media, churches, schools, and social media networking.
  2. JWOF scholarship committee will review applications and select recipient(s).
  3. Payment of Scholarship will be awarded directly to institution (or directly to the recipient at the discretion of the committee).
  4. JWOF scholarship committee will monitor students each semester throughout duration of scholarship by reviewing their grades (will request for certified transcript).
  5. JWOF scholarship committee reserves the right to seek repayment from scholarship recipient in the event the recipient fails to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or complete the academic semester.
  6. Decisions by scholarship committee are final.

JWOF February Newsletter


JWOF February Newsletter


As we move forward into 2016 – steady as she goes, should be your mantra. We live in an instant world and sometimes we forget to breathe.  Take time this year to make a short list of milestones you want to accomplish, emphasis on short. Don’t overwhelm yourself but take the time to do some things that bring you pleasure this year.

JWOF is staging our second annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Jungle Island in Miami and we hope that you will make the effort to spend this day with us and be reinvigorated and empowered from sharing with our panelists.  See you there.

We encourage you to become a paid member of JWOF and to participate in our various committees and bring your energy to this growing organization.

Our Annual General Meeting and Lyme will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 – hope to see you there.

Dahlia Walker-Huntington
President - JWOF


New Year, New You!

The new year typically represents a time when we all pledge to become better versions of ourselves. We get caught in the euphoria of making new year's resolutions such as I am going to lose weight; I am going to spend more time with loved ones; I am going to church more often, etc. Regardless of your intentions, some of us are able to follow through on our resolutions, and others slow down along the way.  This new year, let’s try a different approach – let’s focus on re-energizing our Wellness Wheel.   Wellness consists of six interrelated dimensions – physical, emotional, interpersonal, spiritual, environmental and intellectual. Finding a balance is not only healthy for physiological reasons, but simply just makes you feel better about yourself.  And as we know – peace ah mind is a heck of a ting!

According to the award-winning author Kathy Dempsey, we can learn a thing or two from lizards – if they don’t shed their skin – they die.  As humans, we are constantly evolving mentally, physically and emotionally – so we too, should shed or be dead! Otherwise, we are unhealthy. By definition, to shed means “to get rid of.”

A few of the tips covered in the survival guide offered by Kathy in her book Shed or You’re Dead, are:

  • Practice the 3 R’s of shedding
    Release the attachment - what do I need to detach from? Take on new things and let go of the old.
     2. Reframe the situation – how can I view this from a positive light?
     3. Refocus your energy - what action will I take to move forward?
  • Revisit and adjust your expectations – assess your expectations based on your current reality.
  • When change occurs, acknowledge the loss and move to acceptance – when there is change we believe we are losing something of value.
  • SHEDebrate - the more things change, the more you should celebrate – it means the beginning of something else.
  • Courageously embrace your fears and take action.  FEAR + ACTION = COURAGE
  • Focus your energy on things you can control and influence.

REMEMBER – it’s 100% your choice to shed
It’s not just about knowledge, it requires action too. So, as we journey through this New Year let’s shed some of the things preventing us from becoming the better versions of ourselves. Here’s to a new you!

Tamara Wadley-Senior
JWOF Member
Adjunct Professor, Wellness - Broward College

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