By focusing on the youngest in society, the Fund could make the greatest impact on the future of the Island.

The Tryall Fund was formed in the early 1960s as a vehicle through which members and friends of the Tryall Club could contribute to the community health, education and welfare activities in the Parish of Hanover, Jamaica. In the early years the Fund provided assistance to many organizations, schools and individuals providing staffing, equipment and monetary gifts.

Computer lab
In early 2006, under the leadership of John Kearney and Mike Boyd, a major computer laboratory was built in Montego Bay. The Tryall Fund was the lead donor, contributing $200,000 U.S. dollars toward building the lab. It is located at Corinaldi Primary School, which serves 3,000 students. The computer center, which opened in 2007, was proceeded by a smaller computer lab located at the Tryall Club, which served primarily students in Hanover Parish.

Beginning of Success by Six
In November of 2008, the Tryall Fund saw a dramatic change in focus under the leadership of President Terri McGraw. She immediately increased the board size and created a working board, eliminating previous administrative costs. The new board felt one of the most pressing problems facing Jamaica was the failure of the education system to produce literate citizens. By focusing on the youngest in society, the Fund could make the greatest impact on the future of the Island. The Fund narrowed its focus and began a major initiative, Success by Six, developing a model pre-school literacy program reaching children ages 3 - 5 and their caregivers.

Scholarship program expands
In addition the Board expanded the scholarship program to make accountability and educational achievement easier to track. Recently, the scholarship program was reorganized, opening it up to anyone as long as they are sponsored by a Tryall Fund employee.

Taste of Tryall
In 2009, the first and now annual signature fundraising event, “A Taste of Tryall”, was held. The event has showcased the culinary cuisine of Tryall Villa Chefs and netted over $110,000 U.S. dollars in its first year.

Founding members

Edison Dick
Sandy Forbes
Carrell Sudler

Early members

Louise Cullman
Hope Marks
Sally Forman-Reed
Mary Ourisman
Joyce Gryboski
John Kearney
Peg Stine
Mike Boyd
Christopher Wordsworth
George Hodges
Lynda Packard

Past Presidents

2013 - 2016
Alice Needle
2008 - 2013
Terri A. McGraw
Peg Stine
2005 - 2008
John Kearney

  1. 1964

    - The Tryall Fund is Incorporated as a registered non-profit.

  2. 1965

    - First Educational Scholarships Awarded.

  3. 1970

    - Land donated to build health Clinic in Sandy Bay.

  4. 1972

    - Sandy Bay Clinic Building completed.

  5. 1982

    - Sandy Bay Clinic Renovated and Expanded.

  6. 1996

    - Christmas Gift Program Launched for 3-5 year olds.

  7. 1997

    - Computer Lab Opened at The Tryall Club for Hanover Students.

  8. 2006

    - Computer Lab Opened in Montego Bay

  9. 2007

    - Awarded the 400th Scholarship.

  10. 2009

    - First “Taste of Tryall” fund raising event.
    - “Success by Six” Program Launched.

  11. 2010

    - Renovated Sandy Bay Community Basic School.
    - Reorganized the Scholarship Program for high school, Community College and University students.
    - First Scholarship Award Ceremony Held at the Tryall Club

  12. 2011

    - Computers introduced to Sandy Bay Community Basic School.

  13. 2012

    - First Dental Mission.
    - Adopted 2 additional basic schools to “Success by Six” Program.

  14. 2013

    - Started Process Phonics program at SBCBS.
    - Week-long Nutrition Workshop to train the cooks at the Basic Schools.
    - Second Dental mission
    - Stay + Play Program Introduced

  15. 2014

    - Adopted 2 additional basic schools to “Success by Six” Program.
    - Introduced Process Phonics at Hopewell Christian Deliverance Basic School.
    - Celebrated 50th Anniversary of the Tryall Fund at the Taste of Tryall

  16. 2015

    - Third Annual Dental Mission – treated over 650 patients.
    - Expansion of the Process Phonics program in 2 additional Basic Schools.

  17. 2016

    - First Annual Soccer Game between Tryall Club and Round Hill to benefit the renovation of Orchard Field.
    - Adopted additional basic school (including Process Phonics program) bringing Success by Six to 6 schools.
    - Fourth Annual Dental Mission – treated over 700 patients.