About Us

The Byron Robinson Educational Foundation (BREF) was created to assist international students with both their personal and educational development and produce well skilled and well-rounded business persons that will promote stable governments in the Caribbean, in Africa, Central America, and North America.

First established as family giving through the church and other social service agencies, it was registered as a non-profit corporation in the U.S.A. and Jamaica. BREF has traditionally supported the areas of education, social service, administrative and capital funds for schools and religious organizations.

About Us

The Foundation takes students with potential who may otherwise not be able to afford a College Education or even the uniforms and books to attend class and gives them the support to complete school and become productive members of society. In countries like Jamaica with a per capita income of US$9,100 in 2011, few students can afford the almost $4,000 a year tuition for college.

Students may receive scholarships for tuition only or for tuition plus living expenses depending on their individual need.

Over the past five years the Foundation has assisted over 200 students in Jamaica and the United States.

BREF has provided support to Northern Caribbean University faculty for continuing education in the United States and Israel. In a world which is governed by high technology and rapidly changing skills, educators must subscribe to a lifetime of learning.

The Foundation also funds Northern Caribbean University’s faculty exchange program.  Through faculty exchange, professors and graduate research assistants

are able to engage in the sharing of academic ideas and best practices, which builds intellectual capacity and fosters innovation.

BREF has provided funds to schools and other non-profits for the renovation of their physical plants. Some of these include the following:

  • The Berea Church School
  • Northern Caribbean University
  • The Newport Community Church School
  • The Olive Gardens School

Giving Hope

Giving Hope

The Byron Robinson Educational Foundation assists international students with their personal and educational development. The skills they acquire will help them to become well-rounded individuals with strong moral values, providing hope for a needy world

Changing Lives

Changing Lives

Many students cannot afford the books and uniforms for class, much less the cost of a college tuition. The Foundation takes those students with potential and gives them the support to complete school and become productive members of society

Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers

The skills students acquire provide them with career choices they never thought possible. BREF’s financial support provides affords students the opportunity to become leaders in their communities so that they can positively impact others

Our Team

Byron C. Robinson
Chairman - Director

Dr. Byron Claud Robinson is a philanthropist and a servant of God, man and country. He is challenged to make a difference in the lives of people around the world.

He was born in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, in 1938, and was destined by God to follow in his mother’s footsteps by attending West Indies Training College, which is now known as Northern Caribbean University. In 1967, he married the former Dorothea Daniel, and they are the proud parents of two children who are both attorneys at law.

While still a graduate student at Meharry Medical College, Dr. Robinson was named the recipient of a Jamaica Independence Award in 1964 and a Jamaica Government Scholarship in 1965, along with several other national awards and accolades.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Oral Surgeons, a Fellow of the International Association of Oral Surgeons, and a Member of several other national and international professional and business organizations. As well, he is the author of several published research papers and has successfully patented a number of biochemical compounds that hold promise in the fight against cancer.

He has been instrumental in building several centers for Spiritual and Educational activities. The most recognized edifice is the Robinson Hall at NCU, located in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies. Robinson Hall is the main classroom facility for the University’s daily life.

In 2007 it was voted by students, Faculty and Board of Governors of his Alma mater, Northern Caribbean University to bestow on him the honorary Doctor of Human Letters for his foresight, sagacity, and Christ-like commitment for the betterment of student care and University development for over 35 years.

In bestowing the honorary doctorate, Northern Caribbean University, which has been a recipient of Dr. Robinson’s tireless generosity, presented to him the following written tribute:

“We thank you for your willingness to admire, approve, and adore the best values in all persons, regardless of sex, race or religion. We thank you for the faith that you cultivate the hope you display, and the love you share in this secular world. We thank you for the simplicity, sincerity and service that you offer at home or at work. We thank you for the sacrificial gift of yourself, your talents, and your funds for the well-being of students, friends and strangers. We thank you for the loving kindness and patience you apply to every situation that you encounter along life’s journey. Above all, we thank you for being you.”

When he is not involved in the day-to-day activities of the Foundation, Dr. Robinson may be found actively serving his church in various capacities. He also pursues creative writing and poetry, and is an aficionado of choral music.

Mark A. Robinson
President - Director

Mark Robinson is the President and Director of the Byron Robinson Educational Foundation in Apopka, FL.  He was born to Byron and Dorothea Robinson in New York, NY in 1969.  As the President of the Foundation, he is responsible for overseeing its operations under the leadership of the Chairman.

Mark graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Computer Science, and from Vanderbilt University with both a J.D. (Law Degree), International Emphasis, and an M.B.A. in Information Systems Management.

As a Distinguished Toastmaster of Toastmasters International, Mark’s interests include public speaking and civic leadership.  He and his wife Tiffany Green live in the Richmond, Virginia area.

Dorothea E. Robinson
Corporate Secretary

Dorothea Eileen Robinson was born on December 12, 1937 on the Dutch island of Aruba. She attended a Dutch elementary school until the 7th Grade. At that time, she transferred to Mandeville, Jamaica’s West Indies Training College, which is now known as Northern Caribbean University.

Because of her love for people and her desire to be of service, she decided to pursue a career in nursing. After five years in Jamaica, she migrated to the United States of America, where she enrolled at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska for the pre-nursing course. She subsequently attended the College of Medical Evangelists, which is now the Loma Linda University School of Nursing, in Loma Linda, California. She graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

In 1972, she received a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree from New York University’s School of Education. She subsequently taught in the Graduate Division of Nursing at the Boston University School of Nursing. Since 1979, she has served as the Secretary of the Byron Robinson Educational Foundation. In 2007, she received an Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt.) degree from Northern Caribbean University in 2007, in recognition of over 35 years of humanitarian and community service to individuals and institutions.

Dorothea has been very active at her church in various capacities. However, she has been most recognized over the years as a facilitator and nurturer of children and young people. She has been a children’s and youth choir director since 1988 and currently continues to volunteer in this capacity. She also works with the elderly, volunteering at a neighborhood nursing home facility once a week.

One of Dorothea’s education-related quotes comes from the writer Ellen Gould White: “True education means more than a pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of all the faculties – physical, mental, and spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.”

Dorothea has been married to Byron Claud Robinson since 1967, and is the proud mom of two great kids.

Tiffany Green
Advisor

Dr. Tiffany Green is a Ph.D.-trained economist and population health researcher.

She currently serves as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Her research expertise focus includes maternal and child health; health economics; population health; historical demography; applied microeconomics; and development economics.

She and her family live in the Richmond, Virginia area.

Stories

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Academic Achievers Awarded

Academic Achievers Awarded

Honour students who received the Byron Robinson Academic Scholarship pose with NCU Administrators and Dr. Robinson

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Symposium at NCU

Symposium at NCU

Dr. Trevor Gardner (left), Hon. Peter Bunting (centre) Minister of National Security and Member of Parliament of Central Manchester and Dr. Byron Robinson at the Symposium

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Alumni Luncheon a Delightful Success

Alumni Luncheon a Delightful Success

Dr. Trevor Gardner, NCU President (right) listens to Dr. Byron Robinson (left) philanthropist while he makes a point at the NCU Alumni Luncheon

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2011 Byron Robinson Scholarship

2011 Byron Robinson Scholarship

For the past thirty years, our foundation has been one of the beacons of hope for students who have a high academic standard

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Where We Are



First established as family giving through the church and other social service agencies, it was registered as a non-profit corporation in the U.S.A. and Jamaica. BREF has traditionally supported the areas of education, social service, administrative and capital funds for schools and religious organizations.

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