Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Application now open for JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation scholarship

2018 UWI, Mona scholarship recipients share in a photo op with Patricia Sutherland, chairman of the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation.

2018 UWI, Mona scholarship recipients share in a photo op with Patricia Sutherland, chairman of the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation.

Application is now open for the 2019/2020 JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation scholarship programme. For the upcoming academic year, the foundation is expected to disburse up to $8 million in scholarships to mainly tertiary students.

Financial assistance will also be given to students at the primary and secondary level, on a case-by-case basis.

JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation will award scholarships to individuals who are: financially challenged; well-rounded, as evidenced by their involvement in extra-curricular activities or voluntary work is done in their schools/communities; and demonstrate satisfactory academic performance.

Each scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, books and/or other school-related expenses. Persons who intend to pursue studies in the upcoming academic year, or are currently enrolled in any degree programme at local tertiary institutions, with the exception of medical sciences, dentistry, architecture, engineering and law, are invited to apply for a scholarship.

JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation chairman, Patricia Sutherland

“Although the scholarship is aimed at bridging the financial gap for many ordinary Jamaicans, who would otherwise be challenged to afford university, it is more than providing financing,” said the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation chairman, Patricia Sutherland.

In sharing the objective of the scholarship programme, she said the programme is aimed at positively impacting lives and transforming individuals.

“We are proud that over the years, we have been able to assist hundreds of individuals and cause a ripple effect in their lives. We have scholarship recipients who are the first in their families to graduate from university, thereby giving hope to their siblings that challenges are surmountable. We have also seen students who were on the verge of becoming high school drop-outs, because of a lack of funding, go on to receive the prestigious UWI open scholarship and qualify for other international scholarships, to pursue further studies,” she said.

In keeping within the vein of the scholarship programme, a holistic approach is taken by the foundation; whereby all scholarship recipients are exposed to transformational training, led by a trained facilitator.

This transformational training workshop explores self-awareness; reflection paradigm-shifting; critical-thinking; and visioning, among other areas.  Sutherland added: “through the workshop, the Foundation is able to share tools with the recipients so that they can be empowered to achieve their dreams; enabling them to live more powerful lives and unlock their true potential.”

To apply for the Foundation’s scholarship programme, individuals must complete the online application form, which can be accessed on its website at, http://www.joanduncanfoundation.org/scholarships-and-educational-grants. The application period ends on May 31, 2019.

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