The government will, this year, award exhibition university scholarships and an equal number of bursaries to students who complete associate degrees at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College.
The decision will create some level of equity as scholarships had previously been awarded only to students who pursued advanced level education, rather than the higher level associate degrees at the institution.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement on Independence Day – Friday– while addressing the military parade at Victoria Park, Kingstown.
The announcement came two days after the government presented 29 scholarships, exhibitions, and bursaries during a rally at Victoria Park to graduates of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Education programme delivered through the Community College.
Gonsalves said that there will be six special awards in order of merit for the 2017 associate degree from the Community College.
“Three of these will be exhibition university scholarships and three of them will be bursaries.”