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EFFORT AT TRANSPARENCY IN TCI SCHOLARSHIP PROCESS

providenciales, 20 Nov 2014 – Scholarship board meetings have begun and the Turks and Caicos Islands Scholarship Secretariat this year included a new element; a meeting with guidance counsellors of both the high schools and the TCI Community College to ensure that the application process is clearly understood.

This effort at greater transparency is likely in response for the call by residents to know more about the efforts of the Secretariat… the board is often accused of ‘curry favor.’ On the agenda at the awareness meetings were requirements for qualification, the explanatory note to the application form for 2015, institutions of higher learning recommended for next year, priority areas for 2015, accuracy in filling out the application and who qualifies as a Belonger and documents to support.

There will be more meetings according to the Secretariat which reported that it felt this round of sessions went very well. During House of assembly on Monday, Premier Rufus Ewing announced that his administration is increasing the budget allocation for scholarships next fiscal year.

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