The Islands’ scholarship programme is thriving with over 200 students studying abroad with financial aid from Government, and another 200 studying in local institutions with scholarships granted through the Education Council.
Many others are studying abroad using personal funds or loans.
The majority of students, 70 per cent, are attending schools in the US, while others are studying in the UK, Canada, and the West Indies, all seeking bachelor’s or master’s degrees or diplomas.
This year saw an increase in the number of students enrolling in technical and vocational subject areas with 11 signing up for technical programmes at the New England Institute of Technology. Others received funds to attend short-term diploma or certificate courses, for example in motor-mechanics, at other institutions.
These students may, at the end of their courses, go on to higher studies or return to join the local labour force.
Subject areas being studied by the students at the NEIT include building and electrical technology, architectural design and technology.
Students are accepted into these overseas programmes after completing an initial period of study at the local community college, now the University College of the Cayman Islands.
Although applications to overseas colleges and universities should already have been submitted, students can still apply for scholarships.
The deadline for applications for overseas study is 31 March. Applications must be submitted to the Education Council, P.O. Box 10727 APO, no later than that date, regardless of whether students have already received acceptance to an overseas institution.
Education Council Secretary Jennifer Smith reminds students that overseas scholarships are only offered for degrees and courses that aren’t available locally.
From now until the end of March, the Education Council Secretariat is available to students who may need assistance and advice, and in addition to school and college visits, special sessions will be held in the conference room of the Department of Employment Relations, Royal Plaza, every Wednesday between 3:30 and 4:30 pm to assist anyone with the scholarship application process and to give advice on studying abroad.
The Education Council is also establishing a register of all overseas students whether or not they are on a government scholarship. They or a family member should email [email protected] with information on their school/university, course of study, expected date of graduation and a contact number. For further information please call (345) 945-3114.