Forty students will now be eligible for scholarships from the Organization of the American States (OAS) thanks to an amendment to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the general secretariat of the multi-national entity and the government of The Bahamas.
The amendment signed on Monday by the Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the OAS Sidney Collie, expands the scholarship offerings to up to 40 Bahamians beginning this year.
Collie signed on behalf of Minister of Education Jeff Lloyd.
“The Bahamas Government is acutely aware that our country’s greatest asset is our people and that access to higher education is a precursor to developing the kind of society that we want,” Collie underscored at the signing.
“Therefore, we will continue to look for opportunities to invest in Bahamians such as in the case with this OAS-Bahamas scholarship.”
Collie said the OAS-Bahamas scholarship is “an excellent example of a multi-party partnership.”
Launched in 2017, the scholarship comprises a grant from Ministry of Education, a stipend from the OAS and a tuition concession from some members of the OAS consortium of universities. The result – a more comprehensive scholarship offering for Bahamian students.
Thirteen universities from across the United States and Canada will partner for the 2018 programme. Last year nine universities partnered to offer scholarships to 25 Bahamian students.
Given the OAS’ focus on sustainable development, the scholarship was a mandate to seek out counterpart resources to maximize existing government funding allocated for Bahamian scholarships through the trilateral partnership model and to deepen cooperation with the OAS on education.
The 2018 scholarship deadline is April 30. Anyone wanting to apply for the scholarship can follow this link: http://www.oas.org/en/scholarships/PAEC/2018/2018_OAS-GOB_Scholarship_Announcement.pdf