SAINT Mary’s University and the Ministry of Education have announced a renewable four-year scholarship aimed at Bahamian grade 12 public high school students.
The only Bahamian scholarship of its type with a Canadian university, it is equally funded by Saint Mary’s University and the Ministry of Education, with each organisation providing $12,000 (CAD) per year for four years for a total value of $96,000 (CAD). The first recipient will begin classes at the Halifax, Nova Scotia based-university in September of 2017.
“We were very happy to find such a fitting way to honour the history we have shared together with this great region and to celebrate our ever-growing Bahamian student alumni population,” said Dr Robert Summerby-Murray, president and vice-chancellor of Saint Mary’s University. “We’re very proud of the hundreds of Bahamian Santamarians over the years who have returned to help contribute to the growth of their communities.”
The memorandum of understanding between Saint Mary’s University and the Ministry of Education was signed on October 17 in Nassau by both Dr Summerby-Murray and Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald.
“We recognise we cannot grow our economy without a well-educated population, so we have been seeking to develop scholarships for deserving public high school students,” said Mr Fitzgerald. “The partnership we have created together with Saint Mary’s University provides opportunities where they might not exist otherwise.”
One scholarship will be awarded per year. The student will be jointly selected by Saint Mary’s University and the Ministry of Education’s Scholarships & Educational Loans Division.