THE Mona Association of Postgraduate Students (MAPS) received over 400 applications for its financial assistance MAPS scholarships programme which was launched in the second term of the academic year.
Approximately $1.5 million will be disbursed to postgraduate students to assist with their academic expenses.
“To finance this assistance we will not only draw on our standard guild allotment but also tap into funds from our MAPS scholarships fund scheduled to launch this semester,” president of MAPS, Kijana Johnson stated.
“The novel coronavirus pandemic has continued its negative effects on families, consequently affecting students financially. It is with this reality, compounded with the growth rate of our domestic inflation, among other ceteris paribus factors, that have propelled us to allocate such a large and feasible amount towards financial assistance,” he added.
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Further, Johnson told Career & Education that he was confident the financial assistance would make a big difference in the lives of the students.
“As early as half a decade ago we realised that the number of students reaching out for financial assistance has been progressively increasing. This is due to the fact that word has gone out year by year that the financial assistance is truly helping the students. Up to last semester we had a record of over 200 students where we could only assist 80 of them.
Now, seeing that the students have been drastically in need of funds, we have sought to increase the allocation towards financial assistance,” he said.
Who are the Mona Association of Postgraduate Students (MAPS Scholarships)
The Mona Association of Postgraduate Students (M.A.P.S) comprises of researchers from the various faculties and departments of the University of the West Indies (Mona) campus. The contributions postgraduate students make are well-documented and indisputable. Our colleagues pursuing either an MA (Master of the Arts Degree), MSC (Master of Social Sciences Degree),
Thesis Dissertations for an MPHIL’s (Master of Philosophy), and or PHD, have aided in providing funding for the University and catering to advancements made in the fields of Science and Technology, Medicine, the Arts and the Social Sciences
Source: MAPS to disburse $1.5 million to postgraduate students – as published in the Jamaica Observer on Sunday, February 20, 2022 – Brittny Hutchinson