Programme Guidelines (Jamaica) 2019

General Information

The Selection Committee, comprised of the parish Custos and members of the Parish Committee, will independently review all nominations to ensure they meet the selection standards and eligibility criteria.

Being nominated does NOT guarantee that a candidate will receive an award. The committee will rank the nominees and decide on the final award determinations. The names with credentials are submitted by the Custos to His Excellency the Governor-General for approval.

NOTE: To assist the Parish Committee it is important that the Nominator give full details of the Nominee.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a candidate must:

  1. Be a Jamaican Citizen
  2. Be within one of three age group categories: 18 – 24 years, 25 – 35 years or over 35 years
  3. Have an outstanding and verifiable record of community service. Candidates in the 18-24 age category must also have attained strong or excellent academic performance.

NOTE: Persons who have been the recipient of a National Honour or Award are not eligible to be considered for a Governor-General’s Achievement Award (GGAA).

Nominations – All You Need To Know

The Nominator must submit his/her nomination in writing to the Office of the Custos in the parish where the Nominee resides. The nomination is complete when both the Nomination Form and the nominee’s  Personal Information Form (along with required documentation) have been submitted. Candidates are advised to refer to the Programme Guidelines for information, and peruse the GGAA Essay Tips & Topics for interview preparations. DEADLINE: March 15, 2019.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria focus on ‘Family’, ‘Youth’, ‘Education’ and ‘Community Impact’. They also emphasize ‘Creativity’, ‘Innovation’, ‘Initiative’, and ‘Sustained Accomplishment’.

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation attesting to the personal character and achievement of the nominee are required. These may be from a:

  1. Clergy Member
  2. School Administrator
  3. Justice of the Peace
  4. Police Officer (Rank: Inspector or above)
  5. Community Leader

AWARD CATEGORY: Age Group 18 – 24 Years

The Award Recipient would have demonstrated exceptional merit.

To be selected, emphasis is placed on:

  1. Excellent academic achievement
  2. Completed or enrolled in a course of study
  3. Have strong family values
  4. Leadership and the ability to motivate others
  5. Active service towards the betterment of community

AWARD CATEGORY: Age Group 25 – 35 Years

The Award Recipient in this category would have met the following criteria:

  1. Excellent academic achievement.
  2. Completed or enrolled in a course of study
  3. Have strong family values.
  4. Demonstrate positive and verifiable service to the community.
  5. Demonstrate the capacity for leadership and ability to motivate others.
  6. Voluntary activities have had a positive effect on persons in their community.
  7. Contributions and achievement must have been made while the individual was acting as a private citizen and not as an appointed or elected government official.
  8. Contributions to the community must have been undertaken outside of the person’s normal work assignment.
  9. Achievements and contributions must be of a not-for-profit nature.
  10. Achievements and contributions must have taken place within the last five (5) years.

The Award Recipient would have also demonstrated exceptional merit.

Areas of emphasis for selection include:

  • Academic performance
  • Leadership and the ability to motivate others
  • Active and significant service in the community
  • Strong family values

AWARD CATEGORY: Age Group Over 35 Years

The Award Recipient would have demonstrated exceptional merit. They would also have met the following criteria:

  1. Active and significant service towards the betterment of community
  2. Possess leadership and the ability to motivate others.
  3. Have strong family values.

Particular emphasis is placed on:

  1. Demonstrated capacity for leadership and ability to motivate others.
  2. Demonstrated positive and verifiable service to the community.
  3. Strong family values.
  4. Contribution to the community.
  5. The candidate’s initiative or voluntary activities must include ‘Youth’, ‘Family’ and ‘Education’.

Forms to be Completed

  1. The Nomination Form: To be completed by the Nominator / person nominating a candidate. Click here.
  2. The Personal Information Form: To be completed by the Nominee. Please ensure that the correct Age Group Category is selected. Click here.
  3. The Programme Guideline: Please click here.
  4. The GGAA Essay Tips & Topics: Please click here.

A candidate’s Personal Information Form MUST include the following:

  1. Personal and Contact Information
  2. Confirmation of eligibility
  3. Education history
  4. Community service that has been given.
  5. A description of extra-curricular involvement.
  6. Two (2) photographs* – (Passport size, colour)

*Should be taken in Business Suit (Men: Jacket &/or Shirt & Tie)

Additional requirements:

  1. Character References
  2. Response to discussion question (*See Addendum per Age Category)
  3. Resume
  4. School Transcript(s) or Original Certificates (As applicable)

NOTE: Refer to ‘Selection Criteria’ section above for the list of persons who may provide character reference for a nominee.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ALL DOCUMENTS: March 15, 2019