The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services on June 30th 2017 received approval from House of Assembly to make amendments to its National Scholarship Policy 2011. The Policy was modified to allow inclusiveness of different strategies to strengthen aspects of the already established 2011 Policy, making procedures and practices more relevant in today’s scholarship system.
Changes that were implemented to the National Policy 2011 are as follows:
Ø Enlargement of the approved Institutions list which must now be officially accredited by an established Accrediting Agency in accordance to the accreditation requirements for Higher Education Institutions in each jurisdiction (Caribbean, United Kingdom or United States).
Ø Establishment of a Full and Partial Scholarship Approved Institution list.
Ø To distinct between scholarship categories to further define the criteria of awarding amounts for Full, Partial Scholarship, Grants and Distance learning.
Ø Capping the number of grants received per student and the maximum awarding amounts.
Ø Establishing clear academic standards to determine eligibility for awarding of local and international scholarships in the various scholarship categories.
Ø Determine academic standards for awardees to maintain their scholarship awards.
Ø Regularizing standards for eligibility for scholarships, transfers and deferral of scholarship awards.
Ø To establish a mechanism to ensure transparency and remove any perception of biasness in the Scholarship Awarding Process.
This modified National Scholarship Policy 2017 document will be implemented by the Ministry of Education and the Education Advisory Committee immediately for applicants who have applied for tertiary education scholarships during this year’s scholarship review process.