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Laparkan Shipping Company & Money Transfer, a Caribbean-owned company based in New York City (NYC), has joined forces with the Jamaican-born Una Clarke, former New York City Councilwoman, to launch the Laparkan/Una Clarke Caribbean-American Scholarship Fund (LUCCASF).
Administered by Laparkan, the fund will provide scholarships and study grants to Caribbean and Caribbean-American students, who are actively involved or have participated in projects related to the upliftment of the Caribbean community in NYC.
“Laparkan Shipping has always recognized that education is a vehicle for social and economic mobility and has remained committed to supporting its community,” said Gordon Berment, Senior Vice President of Laparkan Trading Limited.
He noted further that, “the scholarship is our way of recognizing the distinguished public service career of Una Clarke, for her service to the New York Caribbean community”.
The LUCCA Scholarship will be awarded to three high school seniors/college freshmen, who have been accepted to, or are currently enrolled in accredited colleges/universities within the United States for the Fall 2005 Semester.
Presentation of the scholarships will be done during ceremonies slated for August 11, 2005. Completed application packages including a 500 word essay on Caribbean community-related issues, must be submitted and received no later than July 25, 2005. Application forms are available at all Laparkan Shipping locations throughout the tri-state area.
Approximately two million Caribbean Americans – the largest concentration outside the Caribbean region – are domiciled in New York City.