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The WU© “Bright Spikes” Awards is a scholarship and school support initiative by GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) - the agent of Western Union in Jamaica, to student track and field athletes with good GPAs, who have a parent or financial supporter, legally residing in the US, Canada and/or select Caribbean countries.

Daniel meggo

Cornwall college

2019 bright spike winner

Rickea Atkins

St. Catherine high

2019 bright spike winner

J’voughnn blake

jamaica college

2019 bright spike winner

Prizes & awards

Awards will be presented to students and schools on CHAMPS Friday, March 27, 2020.

The students will get a scholarship valued at $100,000 to pay for education expenses.

The school will get $150,000 for their track programme.

There will be three winners selected, one per county.

Do I Qualify?

  • Must be a student-athlete on a team participating at the 2020 ISSA GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championships.

  • Student must be attaining over 60 per cent average or highest GPA on team.

  • Student must have parent(s), relative(s) or financial supporter who is a legal resident in the United States of America; Canada or GKMS Caribbean territory - (Anguilla, The Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos) - who sends money back to Jamaica via Western Union.

How to enter

  • To enter student must collect an entry form from their school’s guidance counsellor or download the form from the GKMSONLINE website –

  • Student must submit an application form and a 450 to 500-word essay to the school’s guidance counselor by February 28, 2020 and their last school year’s report which will form part of the selection criteria.

  • GKMS will collect entry forms from ISSA on March 2, 2020.

  • GKMS will vet entries and a panel selects the finalists by March 6, 2020.

A total of J 250-thousand dollars will be shared between the school and student named as the “Bright Spike”. 100-thousand dollars goes to the student-athlete and 150-thousand dollars to the school. There will be one “Bright Spike” awarded per county.

No. The prize will be given to the school and the school is to disburse 100-thousand dollars to cover the student-athlete’s expenses while at school.

The student-athlete’s portion of the prize can be used to cover tuition, exam-fees, uniform, lunch money and any other related school expense.

No. The money cannot be turned over to any related party, parent, guardian or otherwise, as the money is to be used by the school to cover the student-athlete’s expenses.

The prize award is non-transferrable. This means that the money will not be transferred, nor will it be allowed to be transferred to the new school.

Bright Spikes will be chosen based on a completed entry form, which is signed by all persons named (The Student-athlete; the Guidance Counsellor; The Coach and The Principal), has the school’s official stamp or seal affixed, has the student-athlete’s last school report and a completed essay. A panel of adjudicators will vet the entries, read the essays and choose based on merit.

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