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NEVA alum recipient of special new Columbia award

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2015 | 7:00 AM

Recently, National Educational Venture Alliance (NEVA) alumnus Khaleel Atkinson was not only admitted to renowned US Ivy League school Columbia University, but she was also the recipient of a special New Student Scholarship.

"I am very excited about this news. I am so glad that I found Dr Alexander's SAT classes just in time!" said an enthusiastic Atkinson. NEVA, named after its founder, Dr Neva Alexander, helps to prepare students for examinations such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and other entry examinations for bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees, primarily in the United States.

Having spent just 10 weeks at NEVA, Atkinson improved her SAT scores by 300 points. The highest score on this test is 2,400, and with Dr Alexander's help, she was able to achieve over 2,000. Atkinson plans to pursue a career in medicine, research, or paediatric surgery. Her decision to study medicine stems from a deep-seated fascination with the intricacies of the human body and her desire to help others, especially children. A former Wolmer's Trust High School for Girls student, Atkinson is no stranger to success as she received 10 distinctions in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate exams and another eight in Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations.

NEVA is currently offering Saturday sessions that will run until August 29. NEVA offers classes in Kingston, Mandeville, and Montego Bay. The institution also has branches in New York and Florida.