Recent graduate and Manning Cup footballer Rasheed Malcolm is the latest in a long line of "Fortis" who have benefitted from the rich tradition of service and support from our alumni. Below is a letter from Rasheed expressing his appreciation to the Atlanta Chapter of the KCOBA, Fortis78 alumni organization and his current coach and college, all of whom have provided, and continue to provide much needed assistance to him.
My name is Rasheed Malcolm. I am a recent graduate of Kingston College. I am the second to last child in a family of five children who were raised by my single mother. I attended Harbour View Primary School before passing my GSAT to attend KC in 2003.
In 2009, I played with Palm Beach Atlantic University when they were on a trip to Jamaica and was offered my first scholarship for soccer. Unfortunately, the application process got bogged down and I was unable to accept the offer. The PBAU coach then emailed me and said that he wasn't going to give up on me because I was an excellent player and he would try his best to get me to the United States to play. He contacted a former teammate of his who is now the assistant coach at Bryan College, a Christian, liberal arts college in Tennessee, and gave me a glowing recommendation.
After speaking with both my mother and me at length, the head coach, Dr. Sanford Zensen was sufficiently impressed that he convinced the university to offer me a scholarship for full tuition - the largest such award in twenty years. In addition, Coach Z personally raised another five thousand dollars from friends and college alumni to assist me, but it was still not enough to cover all of my expected living expenses. The financial difficulties that confronted me and my family were almost too much to endure, and I came very close to giving up on the dream of going to college and earning a degree while playing soccer.
In the end, I found the courage to write to the Kingston College Old Boys Association and the Class of 78' to ask for assistance. They did not hesitate to help me and if it wasn't for them, Coach Z, Bryan College and God I wouldn't be where I am today, and for that I am really thankful. I am extremely grateful and wish to offer my sincere thanks to everyone for believing in me and for helping to make my dream possible.
My favorite thing about Kingston College is the life-long friendships that I made from my first day there and which remain as strong today. I also enjoyed playing soccer for the seven years I was there and the friendships and the benefits of representing my school helped form the core of who I am today.