The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has awarded a record number of National Scholarships and other awards for the 2017/2018 academic year.
Forty-seven graduates of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College have received National Scholarships, National Exhibitions, and Bursaries which will fund their university studies in a wide range of academic disciplines.
The selection process was guided by the application of an objective point system which has been developed to address equivalency issues in an institution which has grown exponentially over the last few years and delivers an array of subject offerings and specialisations. Consequently, consideration was given to graduates of all programmes offered under the various divisions of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, that is, the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and Associate Degree programmes developed or franchised by the institution.
A total of thirty-two scholarships and bursaries were awarded to graduates of the Division of Arts, Sciences and General Studies based on their performance in the 2018 CAPE examinations. Of this number, seventeen are National Scholarships which are tenable for five years, seven are three-year Exhibition Awards, while eight are Bursaries.
In addition, fifteen awards have been granted to graduates of Associate
Degree programmes. These include two Exhibition Scholarships, awarded to one graduate each of the Division of Teacher Education and the Division of Technical and Vocational Education, and twelve Bursaries to top performers in Associate Degrees programmes under all four divisions of the Community College, each of whom attained a Grade Point Averages (GPAs) with an appropriate equivalence to the CAPE qualifying standards.
One graduate of the Division of Teacher Education has also been awarded a three-year Special Award in the field of Education for his commendable performance in the Associate Degree in Teaching – Primary Education. He could not be considered for an Exhibition Award since an age limit of 21 years has been established for National and Exhibition Awards. However, there is no fixed age limit for Special Awards or Bursaries.