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THE GLEANER’S SCHOLARSHIPS TO GO 2018 |

SPECIAL THANKS TO

OUR SPONSORS

Carreras Limited

First Heritage Co-operative

Credit Union Limited

Ignite IGL Foundation

Jamaica Energy Partners

JWN Foundation

Ministry of Education,

Youth and Information

NCB Foundation

Victoria Mutual

Building Society

West Kingston Power Partners

CREDITS

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Garfield Grandison

COORDINATOR

Sheree Rhoden

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Ahon Gray

COVER DESIGNER

Tennesia Malcolm

LAYOUT

Andewale McLaughlin

IMAGE TECHNICIANS

Trecia McGowan

Patrick Malcolm

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YOU HAVE cold sweats, a nervous stomach,

and you have bitten your nails down to stubs. It

feels like an exam – only this

time you are sitting in

front of a panel of persons you don’t know, and

they are asking you all these questions you

didn’t expect. Yup, it’s a scholarship interview.

And while you definitely want to be awarded

the funding, you could do without all the

stress. Here are our top five tips to nail

the interview, get that scholarship,

and keep it!

1. PLAN

It seems pretty obvious,

but this should be the first

thing you do. Your plan should

include things like the

companies you will apply to,

and when you will submit the

applications.

2. PREPARE

Research the

scholarship

provider, the

persons who will

be interviewing

you, and the

scholarship

criteria. Is the

scholarship

renewable? Learn what you will need to do to

keep it.

3. PRACTICE

Put together a list of some of the typical

questions you may be asked during your interview,

such as, ‘Why do you think you deserve this

scholarship?’ Practise answering them in front of

your mirror, or with someone you know.

4. PRESENT

Dress to impress. Ditch the ripped jeans for a

nice shirt and modest skirt or pants. Get to the

interview location at least 15 minutes early.

Have all your documents and all the relevant

forms properly completed. During the interview,

listen before you speak, speak in a clear voice,

and just be yourself. You’ve got this!

5. PERFORM

To retain your scholarship, maintain your

grades, a good attendance record, and

continue with your extracurricular activities.

Stay abreast of the requirements to keep your

scholarship, and match your performance

with this.

– Courtesy of the

Victoria Mutual Building Society

A

CCORDING TO the

Greek philosopher Plato,

“The purpose of education

is to give to the body and to the

soul all the beauty and all the

perfection of which they are

capable.” And it is to this end that

we can empower individuals and

consequently advance society. But

there is still a hindrance many

Jamaicans face – tuition fees. It’s a

harsh reality, but the current

economic climate does pose a

problem for those with limited

funds aspiring to fulfil their

educational goals. In view of this,

The Gleaner Company (Media)

Ltd is thrilled to once again

present

Scholarships To Go.

The

acclaimed publication, now in its

12th edition, is a complete guide

to scholarships available to

Jamaicans both locally and

overseas.

Financing one’s education is

oftentimes done through loans

or assistance from family, and

with ever-increasing fees,

the task is becoming

insurmountable for many

Jamaicans. However,

scholarships, bursaries and

grants level the playing field

and provide an opportunity for

people from all backgrounds to

gain an education. There are

more than 200 institutions

across Jamaica that offer full

scholarships. Through the

Scholarships To Go

initiative,

The Gleaner

intends to inform

the nation of all that’s

available. From financial

assistance for hopeful university

students to high school students

that require aid,

Scholarships

To Go

seeks to provide not only

information but optimism and

hope for those who previously

saw planning their education as

a daunting task due to finances.

Explore the pages and see if

there is a scholarship that could

help you achieve your dreams.

– Coriandre Lawrence

2018 Scholarships To Go – Information

to fulfil your educational dream

How to earn and retain a scholarship

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018