The government, through the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), is rolling out a program to create entrepreneurs in a 1,000 scholarship offering called the Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) Scholarship.
A press release from BTVI revealed that the scholarships will have the successful candidates enroll full-time in preparatory, certificate and diploma programs, as well as associate degrees.
“The Bahamas Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) Scholarship is geared toward providing students mainly between the ages of 18-25 with the requisite technical and vocational
skills to start businesses and/or secure employment,” the release states.
According to the release, those who want to attain the scholarship must first gain acceptance into BTVI, be a Bahamian citizen and enroll as a full-time student (taking four courses or 12 credits).
Returning BTVI students must have and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher, be a Bahamian citizen, be enrolled as a full-time student, and must have settled all outstanding/past due balances.
The release said 80-85 percent of the scholarships will be awarded to students between 18 and 25 years who meet the criteria, while family island students on islands where full-time programs are not available will be given special consideration.
“The remaining scholarships will be awarded to persons over the age of 25 years old on a case-by-case basis,” the release points out.
“Students who are registered for four courses or 12 credits and meet the criteria for the Bahamas BYOB scholarship will automatically be included in the pool for consideration, based on the date of their registration. Scholarship applicants will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. Once the quota of 1,000 scholarships has been met, all other candidates should reapply for the next academic year.”
Applications for the scholarships were being received all summer and the process will terminate before the opening of BTVI’s school year on Monday.
The release said a “further announcement regarding collection of scholarship letters will be made within this week”.
“BTVI’s board and its executive management applaud the government for this scholarship initiative that makes technical and vocational education and training widely available to Bahamians,” the release notes.
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