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  • Three Jamaican students per year for the next three years will have an opportunity to pursue a Masters Degree programme at the University of Birmingham Business School.
  • The educational opportunity is made possible through the University of Birmingham and Jamaica National Foundation Legacy Scholarship.
  • Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, endorsed the scholarship programme through his ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI).

Three Jamaican students per year for the next three years will have an opportunity to pursue a Masters Degree programme at the University of Birmingham Business School, in the United Kingdom, commencing September 2014.

The educational opportunity is made possible through the University of Birmingham and Jamaica National Foundation Legacy Scholarship, and is for Jamaican students who have successfully matriculated to study for a Masters of Science Degree.

Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, endorsed the scholarship programme through his ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI).

“This brings much pleasure to Lady Allen and I, since we were there at the very birth of the concept. We are deeply grateful to both institutions which share the IBI’s passion for unearthing hidden potential,” he said, as he addressed the launch event held at King’s House on February 14.

“I believe in partnerships for the building of a prosperous, productive Jamaica, and therefore look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the University of Birmingham and the City from which it hails,” the Governor General said.

Representing Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, said the scholarships symbolise one pattern of benefit being derived from sport diplomacy, as well as an outcome of growing relationship with the Birmingham based university.

“So let me express great gratitude for this forward thinking, forward looking gesture. We know that it will provide opportunities to enhance our existing sporting capacity and academic capital,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.

She added that the legacy scholarship will help to unlock talents and optimise other outcomes, while noting that it can also assist in building Jamaica’s passion for sports and an active and physically healthy nation.

General Manager, Jamaica National Building Society, Earl Jarrett, contended that the scholarship is possibly one of the few tangible outcomes from investments made by the government and private sector in the London 2012, Olympic Games.

“Jamaica National is pleased to have this scholarship endorsed by the ‘I Believe Initiative’ which supports the concept that great outcomes can be achieved from confidence born out of education and great vales, and strong family units. And that things that are not perfect in Jamaica can be perfected through the people of Jamaica,” Mr. Jarrett said.

He added that the scholarships will contribute to further strengthening the bonds between the peoples of Jamaica and the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Birmingham, Professor Edward Peck, informed that the scholarship will cover fees, living cost and all travel expenses.

“We hope this scholarship encourages more Jamaican students to come and study with us. We have ambition to see this scholarship grow, extend and develop well beyond the three years,” Professor Peck said.

The scholarship is open to Jamaican citizens who are graduates of Jamaican tertiary institutions within the past two years. They should be residing in Jamaica at the time of application.

Eligible candidates will be advised in May, and the successful candidate will be announced in July 2014. Prospective applicants should visit: www.jnbs.com/scholarships for more information.