The Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) launches its Adopt-A-Student Project and Education Ambassadors Program to raise scholarship funding for brilliant, underprivileged children in Jamaica to attend high schools for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year and beyond. CEF Education Ambassadorship is open to everyone including: individuals, businesses, organizations and groups. In order to be a CEF Education Ambassador, the person or entity must Adopt-A-Student for the school year by agreeing to donate or raise funds to fully fund the student in the Paul Bogle Scholarship Program. The cost to fund one student to attend public high school for one year in Jamaica is $1,500 U.S. dollars. An Education Ambassador may donate funds that exceed the $1,500 U.S. dollars, but is committed to supporting at least one student. Ambassadors must raise student adoption funds by July 31st of each year. Each Education Ambassador receives direct information about her or his adopted student along with a photograph. Throughout the school year, each CEF Ambassador is updated with Grade Reports, Attendance Reports and Behavioral Reports about the school performance of his or her adopted child. Ambassadors may also communicate with adopted students if they choose to do so, through the organization. One hundred percent of adoption aid funds the CEF Paul Bogle Scholarships to enable students in financial need to attend high schools in Jamaica. No student adoption funds goes towards administrative expenses, unless an entity specifies that it does. Furthermore, Ambassadors may serve beyond adopting a student. They also serve as "diplomats" if you will, for the Caribbean Education Foundation. The names of Ambassadors will be listed on the organization's website, brochures, newsletters, program books and acknowledgments at events, unless he or she chooses to remain anonymous.
In discussing the initiative, Caribbean Education Foundation's President & CEO, Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq. stated, "CEF is very excited about our Adopt-A-Student Project! We believe that individual adoptions gives ownership to our Education Ambassadors and also ensures a direct accounting line of donated funds that are benefiting a particular student's education. We hope this knowledge makes persons and organizations more willing to lend a helping hand, which is so desperately needed for poor children's educational access. CEF is seeking several Education Ambassadors who are able to help a child gain access to quality education." The Caribbean Education Foundation is a registered 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, U.S. based nonprofit organization. It is dedicated to helping poor children receive meaningful access to quality education in Jamaica and the remaining Caribbean. Its current mission country is Jamaica. CEF awards scholarships to poor children who are unable to attend school, because families are unable to afford school fees and school-related costs. Its Paul Bogle Scholarships are awarded to qualified students to attend high schools and pays: school fees, text books, school supplies, uniforms, transportation and lunch. For the past five years, the Caribbean Education Foundation has awarded student scholarships totaling over $25,000 U.S. dollars to brilliant students in financial need so they are able to attend school in Jamaica and receive a quality education. As a result of CEF aid, these students are currently attending various high schools throughout Jamaica; and its university recipients were able to graduate from the University of the West Indies and University of Technology.