KINGSTON, Jamaica — The GraceKennedy Foundation (GKF) has invited Jamaican students who will be attending local universities in the 2021/22 academic year to apply for scholarships.
The GK foundation will offer over $21 million in scholarships this year to students attending the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and Caribbean Maritime University.
All recipients will have their scholarships renewed until the completion their degree, once they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and fulfil the volunteer requirements of the programme. “Funding tertiary education is a huge challenge for most young Jamaicans, and the pandemic has further impacted whether many families can afford to send their children to university,” commented Caroline Mahfood, chief executive officer of GKF.
She said, “The students who receive our scholarships are brilliant, but many do not have the funds to cover university expenses. Our annual scholarship programme is just one aspect of GraceKennedy’s long-standing commitment to nation building. Investing in Jamaica’s future means investing in these exceptional young people, and the Foundation is pleased that we can support them on their journey.
”Only online scholarship applications will be accepted by GKF. The full criteria and application forms for the scholarships can be found at www.bit.ly/GKFScholarships.
Applications close on July 15, 2021.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview.
The GraceKennedy Foundation was established in 1982 by GraceKennedy Limited on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. The foundation supports GraceKennedy as a corporate citizen by creating environmentally sustainable programmes, promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing access to education in Jamaica.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE GRACEKENNEDY JAMAICA SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship applicants shall be preparing to sit CAPE 2 examinations and have passed not less than four (4) core subjects at the CXC Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) level. These core subjects must include Communications studies and/or Caribbean Studies held in June the last preceding year (qualifying examination).
Students must sit and pass both units of the core subjects.
Applicants must be a Jamaican citizen. On the first day of June in the year of the qualifying examination, the candidate shall not be over the age of nineteen (19) years old. He or she must have completed the application for admission as a full-time student to the University of the West Indies and, at the time of interview, have been accepted for entry.
The successful GraceKennedy Jamaica scholarship winner must be a person of good character, displaying leadership qualities, manifesting creative energy, curiosity and consistent involvement in social/community activities. They must have completed and submitted The GraceKennedy Jamaica Scholarship application form by July 15. He or she must present good and sufficient evidence that the requirements specified above have been satisfied.
Supporting documents of the Jamaica Scholarship application must be submitted with the application form. these application supporting documents are as follows:
- A statement and a character reference from a Teacher from the applicant’s High School (to be downloaded from the website and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Academic Record: Certified copies of CSEC and CAPE 1 grades. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit all outstanding academic grades (CAPE/ Semester grades) received after July 15. These grades are to be emailed to email@example.com
- Copy of School Transcript
- Copy of birth certificate
- Statement about career goals, leadership abilities, social & community involvement (not to exceed 250 words)
- Acceptance Letter from the University of the West Indies.
Source: “GraceKennedy Foundation offering $21m in scholarships to local university students” in the Jamaica Observer.