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The Jamaica College Old Boys Association of New York is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Griffin Awards  Scholarship (GA$) 

Akeem McKenzie

University of North Florida

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics (Double Major)

My dream is to utilize the skills I will attain at college to be a part of the team which will bring technology and software to another level. With the hope of inventing AI software which can be self-taught. Which would enhance all technology, bringing a greater satisfaction throughout mankind. This is the legacy that I would like other less-fortunate boys and girls to be inspired by. This is the next story I would like my parents to tell.

Trivette Thompson

University of the West Indies

Major: Computer Science

I plan to use my STEM education to encourage others especially those who may be marginalized whether by their background, gender or educational level, to get onboard and be a part of the difference that can be made in the field. My goal is  to become an innovator, change maker and a mentor to those who could benefit and in turn reciprocate the process.This will be for the greater good as it is unleashing new things and ideas that were not readily recognisable beforehand.


Jamaica College Old Boys Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) believes that a STEM focused education will produce and prepare the next generation of innovators, explorers and leaders to tackle the critical local and global challenges. Through the Griffin Awards Scholarship (GA$™️), JCOBA-NY will provide innovative and exciting opportunities for Jamaica College students to engage in immersive science, technology, engineering, and math activities.  

Two scholarships will be awarded annually to high performing third formers to participate in the prestigious NASA summer camp at the Kennedy Space Center (Camp KSC®). The Griffin Awards Scholarships will cover the Camp KSC registration, tuition, air and local transportation, accommodations and meals inclusive of a stipend. 

1.    Must be a high-performing third form student as determined by the school administration


Film and submit a three–minute video of yourself explaining a STEM topic you're passionate about. (Submission details will be provided to eligible applicants).


Applications are due on the advertised date each year and the winners will be announced at the Annual Griffin Awards (Griffys™️) event. 


Camp KSC® is a weeklong day camp experience with lifelong impact, launching kids into a galaxy of fun and learning! Kennedy Space Center, NASA's launch headquarters, specializes in STEM learning at its best, offering a week full of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities for students. The program centers on NASA-based science and engineering and will challenge campers with curriculum comprising of exciting and educational adventures. 


Camp KSC® activities take place throughout Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including the Astronaut Training Experience (ATX)®, Mars Base 1, Apollo/Saturn V Center, Space Shuttle Atlantis® and more. Each team participates in a variety of hands-on STEM challenges, labs and astronaut-training simulations. Future space explorers will learn what it is like to live and work in space and will also have an opportunity to meet a veteran astronaut.
Campers will dive into missions such as:

  • Mars habitation operations to solve possible emergencies

  • Spacewalk microgravity simulator, learning to work in a frictionless environment

  • Simulated spaceflight from Kennedy Space Center to Mars

  • Mars surface exploration using virtual reality

  • Botany Lab vegetable growth and harvesting, sending data to real NASA scientists

  • Mars rover robotics to optimize power for the Base

  • Engineering builds, themed to each age grou

  • Hands-on STEM challenges

  • Team building, communication and collaboration



Inspiring students and igniting innovation at Jamaica College and throughout Jamaica.  

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