Thirty (30) tertiary level scholarships and three bursaries under the Jamaica 50 PetroCaribe Scholarship and Merit Awards programme will be presented by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in a special function on Friday (November 2). The 33 tertiary level awards form part of a 209 million dollar Jamaica 50 Scholarship initiative being funded by the PetroCaribe Development Fund. The scholarship awardees were selected on a competitive basis from 189 under-graduate and post-graduate applications received by the Fund.
As part of its contribution to the Jamaica 50 legacy programme, the PetroCaribe Development Fund launched the multi-million scholarship programme aimed at supporting the education of awardees at both the secondary and tertiary levels.
Already, 47 scholarships and merit awards have been presented to GSAT students to pursue their secondary education. In the case of both the secondary and tertiary level scholarships, the awardees will be supported financially over the period of study based on their continued satisfactory academic performance.
Chairman of the Board of the PetroCaribe Development Fund and Financial Secretary, Dr. Wesley Hughes said the outstanding recipients have demonstrated they are of exemplary character with leadership qualities and represent the aims of the scholarship programme, which seeks to promote a generation committed to contributing meaningfully to national development.
“The recipients are pursuing studies in areas where Jamaica needs professionals who will contribute to sustainable national development,” Dr Hughes said.
Those selected will pursue studies at the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology. Two will pursue post graduate studies at the Universities of Birmingham and Glamorgan in the United Kingdom.
Among the areas of study to be pursued are medicine, entertainment and cultural enterprise management, pure and applied sciences, engineering, chemistry and food health and nutrition, forensic science, sports psychology and marine biology and terrestrial ecosystems. Upon completion of their studies, the scholarship awardees will work in the public sector for five years.
Representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Universities of the West Indies and Technology, PetroCaribe Development Fund, Ministry of Youth and Culture and the Mico University College were involved in the selection process.
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