Applications open for NCB scholarships
An estimated 400 students from across the island will be given financial assistance from the NCB Foundation to access tertiary and secondary education for the 2010 academic year.
The foundation will, this year, be awarding scholarships and grants in the form of tuition fees, schoolbooks, uniforms, lunch and other school-related expenses valued at more than $16 million.
"Since the inception of the NCB Foundation, we have consistently found ways to enrich the lives of our nation's children through the power of education," said Sheree Martin, CEO of the NCB Foundation.
"We believe that Jamaica will be a better place if our children are given the right educational opportunities that will enable them to become strong contributors to an educated workforce, which is essential to national development."
Martin emphasised that the programme was geared towards turning out well-rounded students.
"Students are not only awarded based on academic achievements but also on their leadership qualities, involvement in extra-curricular activities, and volunteerism within their schools and communities," she added.
Parish Champion Award
A significant aspect of the foundation's scholarship programme includes the Parish Champion award. This award is open to Jamaican students pursuing a tertiary education. Top students from the 14 parishes in Jamaica are selected and awarded tertiary scholarships valued at a maximum of $200,000 for each academic year.
Of the selected parish awardees, an all-island champion is selected and awarded a scholarship valued at a maximum of $500,000 per year for the duration of his or her undergraduate programme. These awardees are selected on the criteria of high academic performance and the demonstration of community spirit and leadership abilities.
For the 2009 academic year, 221 students were awarded scholarships at the tertiary level at 12 institutions across Jamaica, including the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology.
Scholarship applications are being accepted from April 19-May 31. Students are encouraged to apply online at www.ncbfoundation.org. Applicants are also invited to join and visit the foundation's Facebook page, www.facebook/ncbfoundation, for updates and information on the scholarship programme.