INFORMATION SESSION STUDENTS, ARE YOU COLLEGE READY? Questions you should be considering . . . • Do I want to go to college or university? If so, which one? (apply to at least 6 schools; two reach, two realistic, two safe – APPLY NOW!) • What do I want to study? Does what I want to study meet the Bahamas' National Development Goals? (this may affect your ability to get a scholarship) • After picking the school of choice, how much does it cost to attend this school? • In relation to money, how much do I / does my family currently have to allocate towards college? How much do I need? • Do I need a scholarship? STUDENTS, ARE YOU COLLEGE READY? • What scholarships are available from the Ministry of Education? • How do I know if I am eligible to apply? What is the criteria? • How do I apply for Ministry of Education Scholarships? • Can I apply for a scholarship before being accepted to a College or University? • What documents am I required to submit with my application? • How do I get help with the application process? STUDENTS, ARE YOU COLLEGE READY? Questions you should be considering . . . • When will I receive notification that I have received or not received a scholarship award? • What are my next steps after receiving the scholarship award? • Is there anything I should be doing in the mean time (during the wait time)? • How much does it cost to apply for a US student visa or Canadian study permit? What is that process like? STUDENTS, ARE YOU COLLEGE READY? Questions you should be considering . . . All of these questions will be answered via today's presentation. END THE ALL BAHAMAS MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME THE MOST Shannon Butler 2013 ABM Scholar Paloma Cartwright 2017 ABM Scholar Simone Cambridge 2016 ABM Scholar Arron Edgecombe 2018 ABM Scholar PRESTEGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP IN THE BAHAMAS, AWARDED TO ONE BAHAMIAN STUDENT PER YEAR IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, STUDENTS MUST: Possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 Have taken or have registered to sit a minimum of eight (8) BGCSE’s, including English and Math, prior to the time of application Pass eight or more BGCSE subjects with grade “A” grades Applied or been accepted to a prestigious accredited college or university Have obtained an SAT score of 1220 or higher Be exceptionally well rounded Candidates will be interviewed by the All Bahamas Merit Committee and must present and come prepared to discuss their student portfolios. Paloma Cartwright, Graduate of NGM Major High School, Long Island. 2017 ABM Recipient This award is valued at $35,000.00 per year, for up to four years. THE NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, STUDENTS MUST: Possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 Have taken or have registered to sit a minimum of seven (7) BGCSE’s, including English and Math, prior to the time of application Pass seven (7) or more BGCSE subjects with grade “A” grades Applied or been accepted to a prestigious accredited college or university Obtained an SAT score of 1220 or higher Be exceptionally well rounded Sean Knowles, Graduate of Queen’s College 2018 NM Recipient This award is valued at $25,000.00 per year, for up to four years. Students are encouraged to apply for BOTH the All Bahamas Merit Award & The National Merit Award END THE NATIONAL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above Students must posses a minimum of five (5) BGCSE “A” passes Applicants must be accepted to approved international accredited colleges or universities Must pursue a course of study that meets with national development / career goals. This award has a value of $10,000.00 per year, for up to four (4) years. THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP Awarded to Bahamian students who wish to pursue a certification course or degree in a technical or vocational field Candidates must have a GPA of 2.5 and above Students can be awarded up to $7,500 per annum for approved international technical institutions and $2,000 for study at BTVI The applicants course of study must meet national developmental goals. This award is renewable for up to two (2) years. NATIONAL TUITION ASSISTANCE SCHOLARSHIP (Formerly the National Grant) Kenisha Sands Graduate of St. Anne’s College Current Student of St. Leo University 2018 NTA Scholar This scholarship is intended to assist applicants who are currently pursuing or who want to pursue undergraduate, professional, technical, graduate or post graduate degree studies Applicants must have a GPA 3.0 and above and a minimum of five (5) BGCSEs with a grade of “C” or higher Students can be awarded up to $7,500 per annum for internationally accredited institutions and $4,000 for local institutions (online study is also $4,000 per annum) The selected course of study must meet national developmental / career goals. Gaja Parks Graduate of Queen’s College Current Student of the University of Ontario 2018 NTA Scholar END THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SCHOLARS PROGRAMME 2018 PSSP Recipients INSTITUTED IN 2015 TO PROMOTE COLLEGE READINESS, EQUITY AND COLLEGE ACCESS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, STUDENTS MUST: Dante Cartwright Current Student of St. Mary’s University 2018 PSSP Scholar Be citizens of The Bahamas Have outstanding leadership and character traits Be first generation college students (first preference) Enrolled in a public senior high school Students must have parental / guardian support Eligible to graduate in June of the year of H.S. completion Students must have GPA of 3.0 or higher for Academic Students and 2.75 GPA for Technical & Vocational Students 1000 SAT Math & CR OR 22 ACT minimum 5 BGCSE with grade of a “C” or above, inclusive of Mathematics and English Language) Savings /sponsor for Student Visa Requirement Eligible for Student Visa Completion of all Visa requirements and fees Full Time Student The selected course of study must meet national developmental / career goals. PSSP COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY PARTNERS Anderson University - Holland College - Northwest Community College - St. Mary’s University University of Prince Edward Island - Anderson University - Bethune Cookman University - Central Baptist College - Central State University - College of St Benedict/ St. John’s University - Eastern Connecticut State University - Florida Memorial University - Florida Polytechnic University - Hastings College - John Brown University – Messiah College-Middle Tennessee State University - Monroe College - St. Leo University - State University New York – Palm Beach State College-Taylor University - Texas Southern University - University of Central Arkansas - University of Central Oklahoma - University of the Ozarks University of New Haven. Institutions currently under negotiations: David Lipscomb University Georgia State University *Schools in bold also offer scholarships / waivers to eligible applicants. from independent schools. END INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY PARTNERS • Anderson University • Central State University • College of Saint Benedict/ St. John's University • Eastern Connecticut State University • Messiah College • Middle Tennessee State University • Northwest Community College • St. Leo University • Taylor University • Texas Southern University • University of New Haven • University of the Ozarks • Georgia State Universitypending Ms. Jurelle Nairn Coordinator: STARS Programme “Providing the GAMEPLAN for College” THE GAME STRATEGY Our Mission Extend YOUR Educational and Athletic Experience. Empower YOU. Help YOU integrate into society. • Self-Awareness; People Skills; What Leaders Do; Vision & Goals • Personal Development Mentorship • SAT/ ACT/ BGCSE Preparation • NCAA/ NAIA Clearinghouse • Film & Stats • Recruitment Process Leadership Training Academic/ Athletic Advising GAME PLAN • Connect with current and former Bahamian College StudentAthletes • Relationships • Guidance KEY PLAYERS StudentAthletes Team Managers Referees Bahamas STARS Statisticians Film Coordinators THE EXECUTION Coaches/ Guidance Meeting Student-Info Session/ Sign Up Tracking and Mentorship Academic/ Athletic Advising Day THE EXECTION Cont’d Bahamas STARS Awards GAME OUTCOME Our Vision • ALL Studentathletes graduate with a college plan & options! CRITERIA Students are required to: • Be in the 9th -12th grade. • Be a member of your school’s sports team as an athlete, manager, film coordinator or statistician or; • Be a certified official • Have a desire to play a sport in college or continue your team participation in college as a manager, statistician, film coordinator or official • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 or 70%. END THE GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE SCHOLARSHIP Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above and possess a minimum of five (5) BGCSE passes. Awarded to Bahamian students, by an association of colleges and universities in the United States in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Presently, some sixteen (16) colleges and universities offer tuition scholarships. Participating Colleges and Universities will offer full or partial tuition scholarships and the Ministry of Education will pay room and board. Gerace scholarships are available for studies at the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree level and have a value of $10,000.00 per year, for a maximum of four (4) years. GERACE PARTICIPATING PARTNER INSTITUTIONS Elmira College - Emporia State University - Hartwick College - Lemoyne College - Miami University Of Ohio - Wittenberg College - Gannon University - Youngstown State University - College Of Charleston Lynchburg College - Mississippi State University - Florida Gulf Coast University - University Of South Carolina At Aiken - Cornell College– McDaniel College. *Please note that scholarships become available at partnering institutions upon the graduation of a MOE scholarship recipient from the same college/ university/ institution. END THE OASGOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME The OAS-GoB scholarship is awarded to Bahamian students who wish to pursue technical and academic studies at the graduate or post graduate level. The MOE will award each scholarship recipient $7, 500.00 per annum, for a maximum of four years and the GS/OAS shall award each recipient a onetime grant of $1,000.00. Applicants must apply for admission to the areas and levels of study as indicated per participating partner institutions and based on the countries list of priority areas. Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission to three different participating partner institutions to increase the chances of being granted admission and selected for the scholarship. The OAS has negotiated tuition waivers / discounts from 20% - 100% with participating partner institutions. OAS PARTICIPATING PARTNER INSTITUTIONS Midwestern State University - Colorado State University Western Illinois University - Willamette University MBA University of Florida - Syracuse University - University of South Florida - Alma College - Jackson State University University of South Carolina Aiken - Western Kentucky University - New York Institute of Technology - University of Western Ontario. END SCHOLARSHIPS TENABLE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE BAHAMAS THE NATIONAL AWARD AND BURSARY Tenable at the University of The PROGRAMME Bahamas Valued up to $5,000 per annum and $2,500 per semester. Available for any degree offered at the University of The Bahamas. Qualifications necessary: 5 BGCSE subject passes with “C” and above including Mathematics and English Language. Students already at the University of The Bahamas can qualify with a GPA of 3.0 or higher pursuing 12 credits or more. 100% of qualified applicants will receive the award. Tenable at the University of The Bahamas Pays tuition, lab and technology fees for four (4) years. Available for any degree offered in the school of education at The University of The Bahamas. Qualifications necessary: 5 BGCSE subject passes with ‘C’ and above including Mathematics and English Language, and pass an interview. Students already at The University of The Bahamas can qualify with a GPA of 3.0 or higher pursuing 12 credits or more in the school of education. 100% of qualified applicants will receive the award. THE TEACHER EDUCATION GRANT END NATIONAL PRIORITY AREAS ACADEMIC Actuarial Science, Agricultural Studies, Airport Management, Anthropology, Architecture, Archival Management, Archival Materials Processing, Audiology, Computer Studies & Information Systems, Conservation Management, Construction Management, Criminal Justice (police officers only), Education - Specialized Fields, Engineering - Specialized Fields - Entrepreneurial Studies, Environmental Studies, Financial Services, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Forensic Science, Geographic Information Systems, Gerontology, Health Administration, Heritage Management, Hospitality Studies, Hotel Management, Human Resources Management, Information Security, International Relations, Land Surveying, Marine Studies, Marketing & Market Research, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Pharmacy, Project Management, Psychology (Bachelors, Masters and PhD levels), Public Administration - Public Health Administration, Quantity Surveying, Renewable Energy, Social Work (Bachelors, Masters and PhD levels), Solar Energy, Speech Pathology, Speech Therapy, Tourism & Development, Urban Development/Planning, Water Management/Distribution, Youth Development & Studies. NATIONAL PRIORITY AREAS TECHNICAL Agriculture, Horticulture and Fisheries Technology, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Allied Health Care and Technology, Auto Mechanics, Aviation Mechanics, Aviation Studies, Building Inspection, Carpentry, Computer Service Technology, Construction Technology, Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene, Diesel Mechanics, Disaster Recovery, Dry Wall Installation, Electronic Technology, Emergency Medical Services, Fire & Safety Protection / Management, Heavy Equipment Operations, Laboratory Technology, Marine Mechanics, Masonry, Medical Equipment Repair & Maintenance, Medical Technology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Plumbing, Respiratory Technology, Roofing, Steel Fabrication, Surgical Technology, Tiling, Textiles & Garment Construction, Welding. *Please note that priority areas are subject to change depending on national skills and career needs. THE ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS PRESENTER: Joy Hanna Online Application Support Your application will not be completed in one sitting Transcript upload BGCSE upload SAT upload Application not complete until submitted! TWO FRIENDLY TIPS TIP ONE: Create a professional email address, preferably your name (NOT [email protected]) Eg: [email protected] Use a password you will remember TIP TWO: Clean up your ONLINE PRESENCE Make sure you’re creating the best first impression - Google yourself - adjust privacy settings - delete compromising / inappropriate or out of context content/ photos and inactive accounts - create an online presence that will give others a good impression of who you are - build a positive personal brand Remember, our scholarship recipients become ambassadors for our country and for our scholarship programmes! r COMMUNICATE WITH US Email: [email protected] Phone: 242 502 2920 Scholarships tenable at UB: 242 302 4447 Or 242 302 4563 Stay tuned for the launch of our very own website: www.scholarshipsbahamas.com • Office: 502-9040 • Email: [email protected] • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube: Bahamas STARS We are finally on Facebook Search: scholarships bahamas QUESTIONS? THANK YOU!