CAFCI Student Assistance Award Ceremony June 17

Caribbean-Americans for Community in Florida Inc. (CAFCI) will host its annual Student Assistance Award ceremony on Saturday, June 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the original Wellington Mall, located at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd. The ceremony will also be held remote via Zoom. The award ceremony will include 2016 award recipient Ijahala Pottinger as keynote speaker, with an inspiring message for this year’s recipients.

CAFCI congratulates this year’s eight recipients: Jada Appolon (Florida Memorial University), Ryan Rose (Drexel University), Marlena Hutchinson (University of Florida), Ethan Elliott (University of Florida), Marisha Civil (University of South Florida), Shia Rozier (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University), Miguel A. Benavente (Florida Atlantic University) and Christy Pierre Louis (University of South Florida).

For the past 30 years, CAFCI has provided an award to deserving, graduating, high school students who have been accepted to a college or university. Requirements for the CAFCI award include a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, an official transcript, a letter of acceptance from the college of their choice, evidence of school and community involvement, two letters of recommendation from school counselors/educators, an essay to demonstrate interest in and knowledge of Caribbean culture and affairs, and the extent of their financial needs. Students meeting the requirements are invited for an interview, after which the selection for awards is made.

The CAFCI Student Assistance Funds are raised by generous donations from CAFCI members, businesses, community partners/stakeholders and proceeds generated from CAFCI’s Annual Friendship Ball. CAFCI was formed to encourage volunteerism and diversity in the community.

For more information about CAFCI and its events, visit or call (561) 790-4002.