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Interviews could determine top GSAT scholars, says ScotiaFoundation

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

With A flurry of perfect scores being reported since the release of this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) results, the ScotiaFoundation has indicated it will award a maximum of two scholarships each in the event of a tie for the top boy and top girl islandwide.

Last year, two students tied for the position of top boy and were both recipients of a ScotiaFoundation Shining Star Excellence Scholarship valued at $1.4 million and covering tuition, books, uniforms, and other expenses for seven years through to sixth form.

"Where we have more than two students receiving the same score and rank for either of the ScotiaFoundation Shining Star Excellence Scholarships, we will resort to an interview process and select the two boys or the two girls with the greatest financial need and most involvement in extracurricular activities," said Joylene Griffiths Irving, director for corporate social responsibility and executive director of the ScotiaFoundation.

"This means that we can have a maximum of four top scholars - two boys and two girls."

To date, the ScotiaFoundation has awarded more than 268 scholarships to outstanding GSAT performers. Scholars also receive mentorship, membership in the Scotia-Foundation Scholars Club, and are automatically members of the ScotiaVolunteer programme.