The Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines has awarded a record number of national scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Fifty-eight graduates of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College have received full or partial scholarships, which will fund their university studies in a wide range of academic disciplines.
A total of 17 national scholarships, tenable for five years, have been awarded, while 12 persons are recipients of three-year exhibition awards and another three individuals are recipients of special awards.
In addition, 26 bursaries/partial scholarships have been awarded, each with a value of EC$20,000 annually for three years.
This total represents an increase of 11 over last year’s total number of scholarships and awards.
Three graduate of the Division of Teacher Education have also been granted a three-year developmental/special award in the area of education for their commendable performance in the Associate Degree in teaching – primary education.
Based solely on the age limit of 21 years applied to the national and exhibition awards, they could not qualify under the aforementioned categories.
However, there is no fixed age limit for developmental/special awards or bursaries/partial awards.
“The number of awards for the 2019/2020 academic year represents the Government’s continued, tangible articulation of its policies on education, poverty alleviation and youth development, among others,” the Office of the Prime Minister said in a press statement.
“It is also an acknowledgement of the impressive results achieved by last year’s graduates of the Community College who are aptly and deservedly recognised and rewarded for their first-rate performances, discipline and dedication.”
The release said that of particular significance is the fact that graduates of Associate Degree programmes at all divisions of the Community College, including the Divisions of Teacher and Nursing Education, and Technical/Vocational Studies are eligible for awards under the National Scholarship Programme.
Of the 58 awardees, 27 are graduates of the various Associate Degree programmes developed or franchised by the Community College, with one person receiving a national scholarship, one person receiving an exhibition scholarship, three individuals being granted a developmental/special awards, and 22 others awarded partial scholarships/bursaries.
“The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines congratulates all of the recipients of scholarships, special awards and bursaries, and encourages our students to continue to strive for excellence and take full advantage of the opportunities that exists through the continued deepening of the education revolution,” the press release said.