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May 2023 – The Karen Dale Foundation has once again partnered with the Caribbean International Cultural Association (CICA), to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Charlotte, NC area, who are of Caribbean descent, and plan on pursuing undergraduate degrees full-time. CICA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the Charlotte, NC area.

From the Class of 2023, CICA selected 7 students for scholarship awards – Anya Huggins, Clairmel Hjardemaal, Laylah Eckstine, Leila Genece, Taylor McGlashing, Destiny Gibbons, and Tayna Braithwaite.

Through our Education and Literacy program, our selection criteria also require that these students pursue a degree in the Health Care, Medical, or related fields. Based on this requirement, the Karen Dale Foundation selected the following students for our 2023 KDF-CICA Scholarship Awards:


Laylah Eckstine:

  • Caribbean Heritage – Trinidad & Tobago

  • High School – Fort Mill High School

  • College/University – College of Charleston, South Carolina

  • College & Career Aspiration – Major in Biology with the goal of becoming a Dermatologist.


Destiny Gibbons:

  • Caribbean Heritage – Barbados

  • High School – Northside Christian Academy

  • College/University – North Carolina A&T State University

  • College & Career Aspiration – To become an Obstetrician/Gynecologist.


Clairmel Hjardemaal:

  • Caribbean Heritage – Haiti

  • High School – Mallard Creek High School

  • College/University – University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

  • College & Career Aspiration – To become a Physician.

KDF is awarding $500 to each recipient, which is in addition to the award they will be receiving from CICA.


The Karen Dale Foundation wishes the KDF-CICA Scholars much success. As they expand their knowledge in their chosen fields of study, we challenge them to find ways to utilize what they have learned to help make a difference in the health care and medical community in the Caribbean, especially the Island of their heritage.

We encourage all the Scholars to reach out to the organizations that support them and find ways of giving back and helping the organizations advance their vision and mission.

CICA has been “United in Service to the Charlotte Community and the Caribbean Community Worldwide” for the past 22+ years. Click the button below to read their May 2023 Magazine which highlights the 2023 Scholarship recipients.


We look forward to a continued partnership with CICA.

For information on our Education and Literacy Program, click here.

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