$1.6M for overseas scholarships

Education Minister Tara Rivers addresses undergraduate scholarship recipients at the July 23 meeting hosted by the Ministry of Education's Scholarship Secretariat.

The government is funding $1.6 million in scholarships for Caymanian students to study overseas in the coming school year.

At least 170 students will receive the scholarships, according to a press release from the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Education’s Scholarship Secretariat held a meeting on Saturday, July 23, to apprise almost 100 of the students who will be receiving scholarships of what will be expected of them and the conditions of their grants.

Secretariat Manager Deirdre Carmola told students at the meeting how to submit receipts and grades, as well as details such as the time lines for receiving scholarship funds, the required GPA in order to retain the scholarships, changing majors and/or universities, pursuing post-graduate studies, summer funding, graduating on time, and budgeting.

“The members of the Scholarship Secretariat felt it was necessary to hold these meetings for our new scholars and their parents because the transition to living and studying overseas can be quite overwhelming for the entire family, and we wanted to make the financial aspect of this process as easy as possible,” Mrs. Carmola said in the press release.

“In the past, students have struggled to meet the requirements of their scholarship bond because of not fully understanding the rules that govern their receiving money from the Secretariat or just poor planning, and have ended up being in danger of, or losing their funding. This is not what we want. We are here to support them through their tertiary career and ensure that they take full advantage of their study overseas and return to be successful, productive citizens.”

Students who are receiving the scholarship funds will be pursuing an array of undergraduate degree programs, including accounting, actuarial science, computer science, economics, criminal justice, dental hygiene, diesel engineering, English, education, political science, pre-med, sports management and veterinary studies, according to the ministry.

All students receiving scholarships are required to attend one of the Scholarship Secretariat’s meetings.

The final meeting for the new scholarship students is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Mary Miller Hall from 5-7 p.m. For more information, contact the Scholarship Secretariat on 244-2482 or [email protected]