The Jamaican American Connection Inc.

(JAC) was founded in the summer of 2010.

JAC's purpose is to celebrate and preserve the unique Jamaican culture

and to promote the positive values and traditions of its people . 

In furtherance of the purpose, JAC created the Trailblazer Scholarship.

Please see JAC'S Scholarship Application Guidelines Below:

2021 Trailblazer Scholarship Amounts:

One $1500 Award

Two Book Awards @ $500 each

One $500 Leroy "Breadman" Maraugh Book Award

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Scholarships will be award to deserving students from the Greater New Haven area based on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and financial need.

  • The applicant must be a student presently enrolled in a college or vocational school and of West Indian descent (1st or 2nd generation)

  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Applicants may NOT be a prior recipient of any of the aforementioned scholarships.

  • Deadline for submission is July 21, 2021

Meet our 2020 Trailblazers

Meet our 2020 Trailblazer Scholars


Monicque Landell

Monicque Landell is a 2020 high school graduate from Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven, CT. During her four years of high school, she played and served a captain on three varsity teams, volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse. She also participated and was a

co-founder of three clubs, Pretty Tough, Wolves Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, and Beats & Bars. She completed three summer programs, one as an intern at Phenomenal I Am inc., a pre-college at Pennsylvania State University, and another pre-college at Franklin & Marshall College. She did community service at numerous places across the city throughout her four years. She earned high honors and “Alpha Wolf” all four years.


Monicque is now a first-year student at Franklin & Marshall College. She intends to double major in sociology and anthropology or psychology on the pre-law path. Although her main focus is her academics, she plans on joining her college’s Black Student Union, Club Volleyball,



Mareshah White

Mareshah White is an honors graduate of Hamden High School. Throughout her four years, she has remained a High Honor Roll student and maintained academic excellence with a cumulative 3.56 GPA. Over the course of her four years at Hamden High, she was Team manager of the girls' gymnastics team, she was a part of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory table, where select students would collectively come together and discuss school district matters with the Hamden Public Schools

superintendent. She also worked with her principal, Mrs. Gannon, to create a principal's roundtable for students who wished to bring new ideas and issues to her attention. Mareshah has held many leadership positions during high school, she was a Peer Leader/Peer Mentor in Hamden High’s Student Ambassadors program, she was Secretary of National Honor Society, Vice President of the Black and Hispanic Student Union, and Founder/President of the H.E.L.P (Homework, Excellence, Leadership, Program) Club, which

was a program designed to assist students in the community with homework help and tutoring. Among many of Mareshah’s school activities, she was an active member of the school’s hiring committee with a focus on minority teacher recruitment during the summer and she has participated in multiple trainings learning about equity and inclusivity within schools and in her community. Mareshah also worked in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League and the Student Ambassadors program to achieve the designation of Hamden High being one of Connecticut’s first No Place for Hate schools.


Outside of school, Mareshah volunteered at Hamden’s Early Learning program and helped teachers create arts and crafts projects for students as well as read to preschoolers during summer months. In addition, Mareshah works the polls every election/primary day and is currently an intern for Justin

Farmer’s Campaign for State Senate. She is also on the King's House Church Dance Team. Mareshah has devoted many hours giving back to her school community and her community as a

whole. One of Mareshah’s most recent accomplishments in creating the COVID (courage, opportunity, vitality, innovation and drive) scholarship fund for her Hamden High Class of 2020 peers and her ability to obtain a grant from AT&T to get it started has been called ‘inspirational’. Mareshah will be attending the University of New Haven in the fall where she will be pursuing her undergraduate degree in Health Science with a Pre-med designation and a minor in political science. Her ultimate goal is to become an OB/GYN and someday the president.