Being an academic trailblazer would be a dream for 19-year-old Michael Bailey, a first-generation university student from St. Thomas. Michael, a proud Morant Bay High School graduate, attained 16 subjects, including 11 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects and 8 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE) subjects. He also earned the prestigious award of top student in CSEC Principles of Business and CAPE Economics and was an honor roll student for 2015, 2016, and 2019.

With the strong support of his parents and his resilience and grit, he was able to excel academically and navigate the college admissions process. Michael recounts that his most outstanding achievement is participating in a competitive scholarship summer program at the University of California. This experience ignited his desire to pursue his future studies in the US.

Michael with his mother at the airport.

For the Fall 2021 semester, he earned admission to eight (8) universities in the US and Jamaica and the following scholarships:

  • The Waldorf University Pillars Scholarship,
  • Atlanta Jamaica Association dianabol online Scholarship,
  • Elevate Scholarship and
  • First Generation First Scholarship, and
  • The prestigious Maryville’s College International Diversity Scholarship; which is awarded to one international student each year

Relief from Poverty

Notwithstanding his high achievement and unselfish acts of service, Michael was not immune to academic and financial challenges. He recalled struggling academically during the first two years of high school due to a lack of effort on his part.

These failures were, however, teachable moments for him as he learned first-hand that “what you put in, you get out,” and therefore, he would need to work harder to achieve better results. With higher returns on investment, Michael became very passionate about learning and later took it upon himself to lessen his parents’ financial burdens by photographing notes in texts books rather than requiring them to purchase the books. He saved money from his allowance during his senior year of high school to pay for his SAT examination registration fee.

Michael accepted a full scholarship to Maryville College in Tennessee, USA, and started on August 16, 2021.