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GraceKennedy Foundation opens application period for tertiary scholarships

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2016 | 5:35 AM
The University of Technology Jamaica is among the institutions which scholarship awardees may attend.

The GraceKennedy Foundation has taken over the administration of the GraceKennedy/Jamaica Scholarship previously managed by the Education Ministry and has now opened the application period for the upcoming academic year.

This time round, the foundation will be providing seven full scholarships and a number of bursaries totalling more than $14 million to students attending The University of the West Indies, The University of Technology Jamaica (UTech), the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the Caribbean Maritime Institute.

Students must go online to apply at www.gracekennedy.com/gkfscholarships before the July 15 deadline.

The Foundation says only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview.

"We recognise that it is becoming more and more challenging for students to fund their tertiary education," said Caroline Mahfood, Executive Director of the Foundation. 

"We want to play our part in helping to build Jamaica’s workforce by investing in these bright, talented young people," he added.

UTech student, Daniel Gray, has hailed the foundation for the programme.

"Receiving the Bruce Rickards Scholarship last year meant that my parents and I had one less bill to worry about. The economic elements pull so many brilliant young minds away from their dreams, I am glad it no longer looms over my head," said Gray, a former Kingston College student.

All scholarship awardees must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average to have their scholarship renewed until the completion of  their degree.