Thomas E. Laing, Sr. was born January 14, 1948 in St. Andrew, Jamaica. He attended both Bull Bay Primary and Auto Body Trade school in Jamaica. In November of 1974, he migrated with his wife Eileen Laing to the United States. Thomas worked as an Auto Body Technician for various dealerships for over 40 years. His last place of employment was Liberty Auto City (Libertyville, IL), where he worked for 19 years. Thomas hosted the Jamaican Independence celebrations for over 30 years and founded the Jamaican Soccer Team, XAYMACA, in Lake County, IL. He received the Leadership Award for Sports for Dedicated Service and Commitment by the Jamaican Consul in 2002. Thomas cherished his family, which consisted of 7 children, 16 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Thomas passed away on October 24, 2014 from pancreatic cancer. The Thomas E. Laing Sr. Scholarship is contributed by the Laing Family in his honor.
Scholarship Amount: $500USD
Application Deadline: May 31st, 2018
-Must be a Jamaican national
-Must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at the Jamaican-German Automotive School in Jamaica or planning to be enrolled in the next 6 months
-Must be in financial need / must have experienced financial hardship in your life
-Must attend in person scholarship reception
Thomas E. Laing Sr. Scholarship