Singer Lauryn Hill and The Bob Marley Foundation are among several high-profile music industry players who have provided scholarships for the 2019–2020 academic year to students at the Alpha Institute.
The Catholic school for boys has played a pivotal role in shaping the sound of the island's music.
This year, 10 scholarships have been provided by Hill's MLH Fund, New York City based independent reggae labels Easy Star Records and VP Records, Jamaica's GeeJam Resort as well as Southern California reggae-rock bands Slightly Stoopid.
Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley's Ghetto Youths Foundation has also sponsored a 2019-2020 scholarship on behalf of Lonely Whale, a global leader in ocean protection.
The Alpha Institute, formerly the Alpha Boys School boasts several prominent musicians and vocalists as former students including drummer Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace; Grammy nominated deejay Yellowman; the late Desmond Dekker; vocalist Owen Grey, the first artist signed to Chris Blackwell's then Island Records; and veteran roots singer Johnny Osbourne.