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Esmie L. Walters essay competition launched

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Professional Jamaicans For Jamaica Inc (PJFJ), a non-profit organisation based overseas, announces its annual Esmie L. Walters Essay Competition for high school students for 2011.

This prestigious essay competition valued at J$35,000 is in memory of Walters, a phenomenal Jamaican woman who was a wife, mother, sister, and friend.

Walters, who resided in one of Jamaica's inner-city communities, was a mother of four children of her own and a host of neighbourhood children. She was the typical Jamaican mother who committed her life to raising children. She withstood the trials and tribulations of single motherhood and nurtured these children with love and care. Ms Esmie Walters' children went on to attend some of the best high schools in Jamaica. Today, they have made well of themselves and have committed their lives to helping other children do well.

In her honour, this essay competition has been established as a way of recognising her commitment to education.

The competition is open to all students who must write on the topic: Explain This Quote: 'Lifting As We Climb'.

Your explanation should include

a) Your understanding of this quote as it relates to how this can help your personal and professional development, and

b) Your understanding of the relationship between 'lifting (others) as you climb' and how that affects how you will contribute to the continued development of Jamaica.

The rules of the competition should be strictly adhered to and essays that do not adhere to the rules will be disqualified.

Essays must be no less than 1,200 and no more than 1,600 words in length; must be typewritten and double-spaced. They will be judged on both style and content. Only one entry per student is allowed, but there is no limit to the number of students who can apply from the same school.

Judges will look for essays that explicitly convey the ideas of the writer, and where these ideas are logically organised.

Students who are family members of any director of Professional Jamaicans For Jamaica, Inc are not eligible to apply.


PJFJ reserves the right to disqualify any essay found to be in violation of any guidelines. Any violation of the following standards will result in automatic dis-qualification of your essay without any notification to you.

1) Essays must be written by students.

2) Students are limited to one essay

Essays must include

a) Name of student (proof of identification required and/or school voucher).

b) Address of student (proof of address required).

c) Name of school attended by student.

d) Name and telephone number of parent(s); parents will be contacted by a PJFJ officer.

3) Essays will be accepted by email only.

4) All essays should be sent to email address:

5) Please do not forget to attach your essays to your email. Failure to do so will render your application incomplete. You may not have enough time to resubmit your essay and therefore your essay will be render ineligible for the competition, if it is late.

6) Deadline for the receipt of your essay is 11:59 p.m., on Friday, July 22.