CAFCI To Present Student Assistance Awards June 8

CAFCI will host its annual Student Assistance Award ceremony on Saturday, June 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the original Wellington Mall.

The evening will feature an inspiring speech from Summer Hill, congratulatory messages from past recipients, a dedication performance from the talented and accomplished Samara Lewis, as well as the presentation to this year’s eight recipients, who will be going on to the university or college of their choice to pursue their future goals and aspirations.

This year’s recipients are: Rachelle Alcin (Florida International University), Nirvani Balkaran (Florida State University), Kellie Cargill (Florida International University), Karlye Drake (Fisk University), Tyson Elliott (Florida State University), Jamir Hutchinson (the University of Central Florida), Anne Osme (Palm Beach State College) and Brianna Ulysse (Alabama A&M University)

For the past 31 years, CAFCI has provided awards to deserving, graduating high school students who have been accepted to a college or university. Requirements for the award include a cumulative GPA of 2.7 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, an essay to demonstrate interest in and knowledge of Caribbean culture and affairs, and the extent of their financial needs. Students meeting these requirements are invited for an interview, after which the selection for awards is made.

The funds are raised by generous donations from CAFCI members, businesses, community partners and proceeds generated from CAFCI’s annual Friendship Ball. CAFCI was formed to encourage volunteerism and diversity in the community. For more information, visit or call (561) 790-4002.