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The National Academic Scholarship

March 24 @ 8:00 am - March 31 @ 11:59 am

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*Please note that although the organization offering this award has “loan” in it’s name, this is a scholarship and does not need to be repaid.

The National Academic Scholarship is awarded annually to Bahamian students who have completed secondary
education in The Bahamas and who wish to pursue professional or academic training. Recipients of the National
Academic Scholarship award must maintain an overall grade point average (G.P.A.) of at least 3.0 out of a possible
4.0 in each semester to retain the scholarship. Each award will have a maximum value of up to $10,000.00* per
annum and will be given for no more than four (4) years of study at approved accredited Universities or Colleges
abroad. Upon completion, the recipient of the National Academic Scholarship will be expected to return to The
Bahamas and serve in the area for which he/she was trained.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
The following documents must be submitted with this application:

 Copies of relevant examination certificates and test scores (AA, GCE, BGCSE, SAT, etc.)

 Two (2) letters of reference: one (1) from a high school teacher/lecturer or an employer and one (1) from a community leader

 A copy of the acceptance letter

 Official up-to-date transcripts from high school(s), and or University of The Bahamas or other institutions

 A copy of the first four (4) pages of your passport or certificate of citizenship

 A copy of your valid National Insurance Card

 A brief statement of no more than 150 words outlining your career plans, intension to return to
The Bahamas and the contribution you would like to make after completing your programme
of academic training.

 Proof of Parent/Guardian income(letter of employment from both parents/guardians or salary slip)

 Certificate of medical fitness(can be submitted after notification that you have received the award)

APPROVED PROGRAMMES
Academic Scholarships are awarded for any course of study approved by the National Scholarship Committee as
they are based mainly on the academic achievements of the applicant. Academic Scholarships are awarded by the
National Scholarship Committee for any approved course of study considered important for national development.
(See Approved course listing (Link))

SELECTION CRITERIA
To apply for the awards, you must meet the following requirements:
 Applicant must be a Bahamian citizen.
 Minimum required GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) for consideration for the National Academic Scholarship
 (5 ) BGCSEs with “A” passes
 Financial Need: Analysis of family earned income, other awards, scholarships or loans
 Exhibit good leadership qualities/contribution to school and community.
 Acceptance in an approved accredited institution pursuing an approved course of study.
 Must not be in possession of another Ministry of Education award/scholarship at the time of
application.
 Pursue a minimum of 12 credits per semester

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP is a FINANCIAL assistance programme

and is NOT intended to cover all of your educational expenses.

SCHOLARSHIP RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
1. Notification of Candidates: The National Scholarship Committee will inform each applicant
by telephone, e-mail or post of its decision. The decision of the Committee is FINAL.
2. Continuation of Scholarship: Scholarship recipients must submit college transcripts to the Scholarship and
Educational Loan Division, The Ministry of Education, Shirley Street at the end of each semester. For
continuation of the scholarship, candidates must earn the minimum grade point average required for
their award in each semester.
3. Reinstatement: If a recipient must discontinue his or her education temporarily or fails to meet the
required grade point average to maintain the award, he or she must submit, in writing to the National
Scholarship Committee, a full explanation of the circumstances leading to the withdrawal, or fall in
academic standing, supported by documentary evidence. These will be carefully weighed and considered
before a decision is made regarding reinstatement.
4. National Academic Scholarships provide financial assistance only and will NOT cover the entire cost of
your educational expenses. Recipients MUST show proof that they can cover the full cost of tuition and
lodging BEFORE funds are granted.
5. All scholarships are for a FULL-TIME COURSE LOAD (at least 12 credit hours per semester) & recipients
MUST BE ENROLLED at the time of the award.
6. SCHOLARSHIPS CANNOT BE DEFERRED FOR MORE THAN ONE (1) SEMESTER

CONDITIONS OF ACCEPTANCE
1. I have additional resources available to cover all remaining expenses for my first year AND
subsequent years of college including travel to and from college.
2. I agree that if at any time I obtain other awards or scholarships which cover my education cost, I will
notify the Scholarship & Educational Loan Division immediately in writing.
3. I understand and agree to submit to the Scholarship & Educational Loan Division an official transcript,
from the institution in which I am attending, at the END of EACH semester.
4. I understand and agree that I must take a FULL-TIME COURSE LOAD (at least 12 credit hours per
semester) and that I must be currently enrolled in order to receive funding from this programme.
5. I understand that if I fail to provide complete and true information, fail to promptly notify the
Scholarship & Educational Loan Division of any changes in any information provided, or fail to
comply with the rules, regulations, and obligations of the scholarship programme, my scholarship
can be cancelled or revoked immediately and legal action may be taken that may require me to
repay any financial assistance that I received. I further understand that it is an offense to
knowingly provide false information for the purposes of obtaining or receiving financial
assistance.
6. Before completing the designated online application you will need to have scanned and saved the
following documents, in PDF format:
 COPY OF THE FIRST FOUR PAGES OF A VALID BAHAMIAN PASSPORT
 A COPY OF A NATIONAL INSURANCE CARD
 A COPY OF THE ACCEPTANCE LETTER
 A SCHEDULE OF TUITION AND FEES
 AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT FROM YOUR LAST INSTITUTION
 COPIES OF CERTIFICATES (BGCSE/SAT/ACT/AP/DIPLOMAS, ETC)
 THE REQUIRED ESSAY(S) AS STIPULATED FOR A PARTICULAR AWARD
 THE REFERENCE LETTERS REQUIRED FOR YOUR PARTICULAR AWARD
 DOCUMENTS INDICATING (1) LEVEL OF STUDY AND (2) ANTICIPATED GRADUATION DATE

Organizer

Kierra J. Smith
Phone:
(305) 626-3786
Email:
kierra.smith@fmuniv.edu
Website:
http://iroar.fmuniv.edu/events-scholarships/