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The Jamaican American Connection Trailblazer Scholarship Guidelines 


The Jamaican American Connection, Inc. (“JAC”) was founded in the summer of 2010. JAC’s purpose is to celebrate and preserve the unique Caribbean/West Indian heritage and to promote the positive values and traditions of its people. In furtherance of its purpose, JAC created the Trailblazer Scholarship Program. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and financial need. 


Scholarship Amounts: 

One (1) $1500 Trailblazer Scholar 

Two (2) $500.00 Book Award 

One (1) $500 Leroy “Breadman” Maragh Scholarship 


Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Applicants must have:

    • Proof of acceptance or current enrollment to college or vocational school

    • Official transcript 

    • Minimum GPA of 2.75

  • Residents of the Greater New Haven County

  • Born in the West Indies or up to 2nd generation descendent

  • Cannot be a recipient of a prior JAC Scholarship


Application Deadline: Deadline extended to June 15th. 

All applications (including required attachments) must be submitted to JAC by April 15, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Trailblazer Scholarship Banquet: 

Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the: JAC Trailblazer Scholarship Banquet to be held September 23, 2023, at the Omni Hotel, New Haven.

Scholarship Application 

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