#Nassau, December 3, 2018 – Bahamas – The Ministry of Education Scholarship & Educational Loan Division opened its online application portal via scholarshipsbahamas.com. The portal will remain open from December 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2019. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the website to learn more about the eleven scholarships offered, the criteria for each scholarship and to begin the online application.
According to the Administrator of the Division, Chilean Burrows, “this year, the Division has begun a dedicated public relations and communications campaign to highlight the scholars and scholarships offered by the Ministry of Education with the primary goal of making more Bahamians throughout the country, aware of the many scholarships the Ministry has to offer.”
In order to meet its goal, the Division has been on the ground in both public and private schools throughout New Providence disseminating information about the scholarships and the application process. In early 2019, Scholarship Officers plan to visit family island schools and will also host evening town hall meetings in the four districts of New Providence.
The Scholarship Division has dedicated its human and financial resources to help connect Bahamian students with access to transformative scholarship opportunities via the Ministry of Education. During the 2017-2018 scholarship cycle, the Division granted 17 million dollars in scholarships to more than 1000 deserving young Bahamians, through partnerships with more than 30 local and international institutions. Included in those numbers were the 162 Public School Scholarship recipients, who began their tertiary level studies at international Colleges and Universities in September, and the 549 Bursary Award recipients who also began studies at the University of The Bahamas this fall. This year, the Division plans to expand its list of partner institutions and bring more exposure to its scholarship awardees and alumni.
The Scholarship Division would like to advise potential applicants to take time when reading the criteria for each scholarship and note each scholarship deadline. It also reminds the public that the application itself will take time to complete and that registration and even completion of the online application, does not guarantee the issuance of a Ministry of Education scholarship. All applications are subject to the review and approval of the relevant committee and again, are not guaranteed.
For those who plan to attend the University of The Bahamas in the Fall of 2019, please be advised that application for the Bursary Scholarship is a requirement. The attainment of five or more BGCSEs with “C” passes, inclusive of English and mathematics, will not grant an applicant an automatic Bursary Award if he/she does not apply for admittance to the University of The Bahamas AND ALSO apply for the Bursary Award via the ScholarshipBahamas website.
For more information on the scholarships available or to connect with the Division please visit us in person at our office on Shirley Street or at the Portia Smith Building on the University of the Bahamas campus (Bursary and Teacher Education Grant applicants and scholars only). Applicants may also call us at 242 502 9025; visit us online at www.scholarshipsbahamas.com or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.
Release: Bahamas Ministry of Education