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50 scholarships to recognise jubilee year

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM

FIFTY JAMAICANS will this year receive scholarships from the Government of Jamaica to commemorate the country's golden jubilee as an independent nation.

Prime Minster Portia Simpson Miller yesterday announced during the Budget Debate that the scholarship programme is to cost $205 million, paid for from the Petrocaribe Fund.

"The scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need," the prime minister said.

Simpson Miller said 20 beneficiaries would be Grade Six Achievement Test students while 20 scholarships would go to undergraduate students entering university in the jubilee year, pursuing science, technology or entreprenurship. Ten scholarships will go to post-graduate students doing research in neutraceuticals to create new industries, sport management or cultural industries.