Jerelle Joseph of Vieille Case wins Bill Gates Sr. Award

Jerelle Joseph (r) with Arif Naveed

Dominican Jerelle Joseph is one of the recipients of the 6th annual Bill Gates Sr. Award. Arif Naveed of India also received the award this year. This is the third year running that the award has been shared.

The Gates Cambridge trustees established the award in 2012 in recognition of Bill Gates Sr., father of Bill Gates III of Microsoft fame. The award was named after Gates Sr. for his role in establishing the Gates Cambridge Scholarships, over a decade of service as a Trustee, and his engagement with, and inspiration to, many generations of Gates Cambridge Scholars.

The award allows scholars to recognize one of their peers by submitting a 500 word statement on the reason their nominee should win the award. The winner is based on how well the nominee meets the selection criteria while in residence in Cambridge.

According to the Cambridge website, Jerelle’s journey to Cambridge was not easy. She suffered the loss of both her parents. Her dedication and energetic approach were recognized when she taught for a year at her old high school. She would stay up till 2am working on her lesson plans. She would also give extra lessons at school including laboratory sessions. Jerelle was nominated for her outstanding academic abilities – she has published several papers while at Cambridge and was noted for her generous support for incoming Cambridge Scholars among other feats. Jerelle also setup Carischolar a nonprofit mentorship programme that connects young scholars with professionals and academics in the Caribbean. She also coordinated relief supplies for Dominica post Maria flying back and forth between Dominica and the UK.

One nominator wrote: “As a person, Jerelle is one of the best gates scholars I know. She is the rare example of the person who is able to be (and often is) the life of the party, but prefers to remain sharply independent of the crowd, never failing to push for her beliefs when necessary and never following any person or idea blindly. This, in my mind, is the mark of a true leader.”

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12 Comments

  1. Asaka W.
    May 14, 2018

    Congrats on all your life’s achievement. Excellent role model you are to many others internationally. Congrats again.

  2. nng1332
    May 14, 2018

    Thats’s amazing my dear! All the best!

  3. Bill
    May 12, 2018

    Congratulations to Jerelle Joseph on your achievement winning the Bill Gates Sr. Award :wink:

  4. Governance
    May 12, 2018

    Many congratulations to the two winners. Please continue your efforts on developing your goals.

    How sad that Dominicans are unable to congratulate the Dominican. It was politics, the comments would have been plentiful. Where are those who criticize government and the Alternate Government – hypocrites.

  5. CIA Agent
    May 12, 2018

    Congratulations Ms. Joseph.
    You continue to make us all proud.
    Thank you!!

  6. Garvey
    May 12, 2018

    Great inspiration for DOMINICA youth and the region,job well done.

  7. A True Dominican
    May 12, 2018

    I’m so proud of you young lady! CONGRATULATIONS! To God be the Glory Great things He has done for you and for Dominica. The sky is the limit.May the Lord continue to bless you with wisdom .

  8. A True Dominican
    May 12, 2018

    I’m so proud of you young lady! CONGRATULATIONS! To God be the Glory Great things He has done for you and for Dominica. The sky is the limit.May the Lord continue to bless you with wisdom .

  9. Karfwane Wedgehart
    May 12, 2018

    Victorious multiplied by Aurilius equals Jerelleus.
    with parents like these
    we know that you were destined
    living on a prayer
    you are almost there
    if not already.
    Congratulation!

  10. Itassi too
    May 11, 2018

    Congrats to you Jerelle! Aj and Victo would be so proud of your accomplishments, though I Know they are in their own world. You have made all of us from VielleCase proud girl! Please continue to walk the narrow way you were taught by your parents and the rest will be a mystery

  11. Hope
    May 11, 2018

    Wonderful! Just wonderful! Keep soaring

  12. Shaka Zulu
    May 11, 2018

    Outstanding!!! Like i said before Dominicans all over the world accomplishing great things. Sad we have to live home to realize our full potential. I know many Dominicans with PhDs out there doi g great things. One of our biggest export. Educated capable people. Keep it up young lady!!!

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