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  • Scholarships valued at $100 million are to be given to final year students living in communities served by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Poverty Reduction Programme.
  • Each recipient will receive up to $350,000 to cover tuition and miscellaneous fees.
  • The scholarships are open to students who are attending Government-assisted tertiary institutions, including teachers’ colleges, community colleges and post high school institutions.

Scholarships valued at $100 million are to be given to final year students living in communities served by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Poverty Reduction Programme.

Each recipient will receive up to $350,000 to cover tuition and miscellaneous fees. The scholarships are open to students who are attending Government-assisted tertiary institutions, including teachers’ colleges, community colleges and post high school institutions. The three main criteria for the award are: level of contribution to community, financial need, and academic performance.

“We are encouraging all final year tertiary students to apply for the scholarships currently available. We will be targeting final year students, because studies conducted identify this group to be in greater need,” Programme Manager for JSIF’s Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP), Dr. Eleanor Henry, told JIS News in an interview.

She also urged students to apply for the scholarships early, as applications are recorded in time sequence and are processed upon receipt.

The Programme Manager emphasised that in order to be considered, all required attachments must be present, as incomplete applications will not be processed.

Applications can be handed in at the JSIF office located on the Second Floor, 1C-1F Pawsey Road, in Kingston, on or before 4:00 p.m. September 18, 2015.

An alternative drop-off point is available in Montego Bay at the Social Development Commission (SDC) office in Albion, St. James.

Interested persons may either call 968-4545 or visit the JSIF website www.jsif.org for further information.

The eligible communities in Kingston and St. Andrew are:  Allman Town, Arnett Gardens, Campbell Town, Central Downtown, Cockburn Gardens, Delacree Park/Union Gardens, Denham Town, East Downtown, Fletcher’s Land, Franklin Town, Greenwich Town, Hannah Town/Craig Town, Jones Town, Majesty Gardens, New Haven, Penwood, Rae Town, Rema, Riverton City, Rose Town, Tivoli Gardens, Waterhouse and Whitfield Town.

The St. Catherine communities are: Bog Walk, Central Village, Clifton, De la Vega City, Dallas, Ellerslie, Grange Lane, Lakes Pen, Lime Tree Grove, Lower King Street, Old Harbour, Quarry Mountains, Railway Lane, Rivoli, Salt Pond Road, Spanish Town, Spanish Town Central, Tawes Pen, Twickenham Park, Upper King Street and Villa Palms.

Eligible communities in Clarendon are: Four Paths, Palmers Cross, York Town and Lionel Town.

In St. James, the communities are: Flanker, Norwood, Granville, Adelphi, Anchovy, Barrett Town, Lilliput, Retirement and Tucker.

The scholarship programme comes under PRP III, funded by the European Union (EU), which is being implemented by JSIF in 40 communities in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. James.

The PRP funding does not include programmes in Law, Dentistry, Medicine or Nursing or costs for accommodation.

PRP III aims to improve living conditions in underserved communities by providing infrastructure, such as roads, schools and police stations. It also undertakes social development activities, including training, scholarship awards, internships, and behaviour modification and parenting workshops.