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JN Legacy Scholarship application process opens

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE JAMAICA National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation and the University of Birmingham have now opened the admission process for the 2015/16 University of Birmingham and Jamaica National Foundation Legacy Scholarship.

The scholarship, which is in its second year, will see one Jamaican student being accepted to study for a one year master's degree in a business related field at the United Kingdom-based institution, beginning in October 2015.

Saffrey Brown, general manager at the JNBS Foundation, reported that the launch of the Legacy scholarship in February 2014 resulted in an overwhelming response from potential candidates vying for an opportunity to advance their studies in an international environment. This, she said, demonstrated the excellent academic ability of local tertiary students who see the value of a first world learning experience.

"There is no doubt that we have academically and socially talented young people here in Jamaica, and scholarship recipients, upon their return to Jamaica, will be able to make a difference in their respective fields. We are investing in our young leaders so that they can become agents of change from an economical and social standpoint, but on a more global level," Brown affirmed.

The Legacy Scholarship Programme which is endorsed by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, through his I Believe Initiative, is awarded annually to one Jamaican tertiary graduate during the three-year period, 2014-2016. The first recipient, Chris-Ann Thomas, who is currently pursuing a master's degree in international accounting and finance at the University of the Birmingham, describes the experience as an eye-opening and rewarding journey.

Cultural exposure

"The transition has proven to be a relatively smooth one, and I have certainly been enjoying and benefiting from the experience in its entirety. Beyond the knowledge enhancement that I have been gaining from the course, I am also learning more about other cultures, as well as new and different ways of doing things, particularly from an economic perspective."

Professor Simon Collinson, dean at the Birmingham School highlighted that the scholarship is a result of a deep and rewarding partnership between the institution and the JNBS Foundation, which started three years ago.