Kieran

Seventeen year old Kieran Neath is a sixth form honors student at Campion College in Kingston, Jamaica. He is active in school leadership as a prefect; head of research for the Green Generation, the school’s environmental action club; and chairman of the Key Club. Kieran’s interest in citizenship has resulted in him volunteering as an election observer with Citizens for Free and Fair Elections, and he also advocates for primary education as as a tutor with the non-profit RISE to Education. As the 2106 SPISE PETNA Scholar, Kieran hopes that his experience will serve strengthen his interest in science. with a specific focus on biomedical engineering.

2016 SPISE Update

Carlson

BA in Education; AA with Honors in Religion; MA in Educational Leadership
Currently teaching English, Social Studies and Religious Education at a high school in Grenada

“As I reflect on my achievement(s), I recognize that it would not have been possible had it not been for [the PETNA Foundation’s] financial and social intervention. They have played a major role in my individual development as well as they provided financial assistance and for this I am grateful.

My name is Carlson Benjamin. Recently, I have successfully completed my Bachelor Degree in Education along with an Associates Degree in Religion with Honors.

Nicholas and Janice Braithwaite have been a great blessing and support throughout my years at college. I definitely owe my gratitude to them. They have assisted me in numerous ways which contributed to my academic success as an International Student in the United States of America. As I reflect on my achievement(s), I recognize that it would not have been possible had it not been for their financial and social intervention. They have played a major role in my individual development as well as they provided financial assistance and for this I am grateful.

The Brathwaite family was like new family to me away from my parents and my homeland, Grenada. They sought my personal interest and were always willing to lend a helping hand in the times of need. For instance, they accommodated me and my sister during school vacations. Some of the fun memories of Thanksgiving in Las Vegas with the Braithwaite’s still linger in my mind.

During my tenure at God’s Bible School, I fell sick and had to perform a realistically expensive surgery and as an International Student without insurance coverage, it was very difficult for me to meet the financial demands. Mr. and Mrs. Brathwiate were of major support to me during that curial time of my life. When they heard about my situation they did not hesitate to extend a helping hand.

Presently, I am back in my Grenada. I serve as a high school teacher, where I teach English A, Social Studies and Religious Education. I am deeply involved in the lives of young men and women to help them to become responsible citizens. I am actively involved in the Youth Ministry at two local churches. I am also in the process of attaining my Master Degree in Educational Leadership, which is being made possible through a scholarship funded by Mr. and Mrs. Brathwaite.

May God bless the Brathwaite family for their generosity. Words cannot adequately express how thankful I am. Thank you both for investing in my life!

Janien

AS in Information Technology; BA Magna Cum Laude in Information Technology; Pursuing MS in Technology Management

At the time I met Nicholas Brathwaite, I was a student at the T. A. Marryshow Community College, Grenada pursuing an Associate Degree in Information Technology. I was really excited to meet Nicholas seeing he was into the field I was just getting into at the time. After expressing my desire to further my education he assisted in choosing an area of study.

I am truly grateful to Nicholas and Janice Brathwaite for providing the necessary funds to start my college education at the American InterContinental University-Dunwoody Campus, Atlanta, Georgia. The offer came within months of meeting them which they were more than happy to do. I graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology, Magnum Cum Laude.

Presently I am pursuing a Master of Science degree in Technology Management through the University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland.

Thank you.

Best regards to you and the family. May God continue to bless you as you impact the lives of others.

Sharika

Sophomore at CUNY John Jay College of Criminial Justice
Dean’s List; Accepted to competitive Peer Ambassador Leadership Program

Oliver

Oliver Maynard is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of the West Indies and is the
2010 T.A. Marryshow Memorial Award recipient. 

“The PETNA Foundation experience gave me hope and a renewed vision and belief in God. I owe a depth of gratitude to The PETNA Foundation and I heartily thank Mr and Mrs Braithwaite for their contributions towards me.”

Carlyn

BA in Teacher Education; MA in Curriculum, Instruction, and Personal Development
Currently teaching at Cornerstone School in the Virgin Islands where she is the only teacher with a college degree.

When I am highly recognized because of my accomplishment, I let them know that I could not have done it without PETNA. I am now delighted to pass the baton to this future generation, because PETNA foundation has made a valuable investment in my life.

PETNA foundation taught me the importance of touching lives. Whilst I was at college in Ohio, I was involved in inner city ministries for three (3) years, where I helped the homeless, young people and children to deal with real life issues in their neighborhood, schools and homes, as well as teach them about biblical moral principles. I was mainly involved with the young people, where I was the Sunday school coordinator and Teacher. Also, I gave extra classes during the week to assist students with assignments they struggled with. I was able to undertake this ministry with great pride, because I knew that PETNA was doing the same by impacting my life in such a dynamic way.

 Carlyn and Carlson's Graduation

Carlyn and Carlson's Graduation

Mr. & Mrs. Brathwaite and their children have been our family and friends away from home. The Brathwaites through the PETNA Foundation have supported me with the funds I needed to complete my three (3) years of undergrad education. During Thanksgiving vacations, they invited me to their home, so I would not feel home sick, and be left alone on campus on this memorable occasion. In addition, they provided me with a laptop computer for my Christmas present, which aid in my studies and my student teaching internship.

Mr. & Mrs. Brathwaite encouraged me to aim for the goal and never settle for less. After finishing my undergrad studies, I wanted to give up furthering my studies. I thought all hope was lost, because of my financial struggles, but I was wrong. When I informed the Brathwaites that the graduate school was only able to help with 25% of my education, they happily, through their foundation, provided me with the other 75%. This contribution made it possible for me to confidently move on to Grad school one month after attaining my BA degree in Teacher Education. This foundation came in from the back door and opened the way for me to enter the Graduate program at Cedarville University, where I am now pursuing a Masters of Arts in Curriculum, Instruction, and Personal Development. It was a dream come through. What more could I have asked from them? They have done it all. I am blessed.

Presently, I am a proud PETNA product at Cornerstone School in the Virgin Islands. At this school, I am fortunate to be the only teacher with a college degree. When I am highly recognized because of my accomplishment, I let them know that I could not have done it without PETNA. I am now delighted to pass the baton to this future generation, because PETNA foundation has made a valuable investment in my life. Thank you PETNA.