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All Bahamas Merit Scholarship

The All Bahamas Merit Scholarship is awarded annually to a candidate from the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The scholarship is given for four (4) years tenable at accredited universities or colleges in the Caribbean, United States of America, the United Kingdom or Canada. The award includes tuition fees, room and board, one round trip ticket, clothing and a personal and book allowance. The total award is not to exceed $25,000.00 per annum. The recipient must maintain a 3.25 GPA for the first year and a minimum GPA of 3.50 for subsequent years.This scholarship is a joint venture of The Bahamas government and The Lyford Cay Foundation.

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Commonwealth Awards

The Commonwealth Awards are awarded through the Bahamas government by various Commonwealth countries to successful applicants wishing to pursue further studies (usually a Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree) in the respective Commonwealth countries. The awards are offered annually from Canada, Cyprus, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Jamaica, the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago. For more information, visit:

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Gerace Research Centre Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by an association of colleges and universities in the United States in co-operation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Presently, some twenty-three college and universities offer tuition scholarships. The college/universities providing awards, along with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports are responsible for making the final decisions regarding recipients. Open to Bahamians only, the scholarships are available for studies at the Bachelor's Degree level.

They are tenable at Bellarmine college, College of Charleston (south Carolina), Elmira College, emporia State University, Hartwick College, Kent State University (Kent Ohio), Gannon University, Lynchburg College, Lemoyne College (Syracuse, new York), Molloy College, Mississippi State University, Ohio State University, University of New Haven (Connecticut), Youngstown State University and Wittenburg University (spring, Ohio). The full tuition is paid by the institutions and The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports awards B$4,000 for room and board.

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Bahamas Government National Awards

These awards serve to recognize those students who have demonstrated academic excellence at the secondary school level. The financial assistance provided by the awards enables many of these students to pursue further education that initially seemed impossible. The Scholarship Advisory Committee is responsible for making the final decision regarding recipients. Scholarships are issued for studies at the Associate's Degree level. Award proceeds are paid directly to The College of The Bahamas. Open to Bahamians only, scholarships are tenable for studies at The College of The Bahamas.

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The Education Guaranteed Loan

In accordance with the Educational Guarantee Fund Act, 2001, which came into effect on 23rd August, 2000, the Education Guarantee Fund is awarded to students to pursue a course of study at the College of The Bahamas or colleges and universities abroad. For more information on this programme, contact Mr. Reginald Saunders at the Ministry of Education - Scholarships Division, Ministry of Education Building on Thompson Boulevard, or call (242) 502-2715

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Overseas Research Students Award Scheme

ORSAS was set up by the Secretary of State for Education and Science in 1979 to attract high-quality international students to the United Kingdom to undertake research. The Scheme is administered by Universities UK on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and is funded through the four UK higher education funding bodies (for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). The awards offer international students the opportunity to carry out a broad range of research at well-established UK academic institutions of worldwide recognition.

Our awardholders make a valuable contribution, not only to the British research base, but also to economic, scientific, educational and other aspects of life in their own country. Meanwhile, their involvement in British academic life and the wider cultural experiences offered in the UK contribute to their personal development and can help increase their future opportunities. For more information, visit:

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Gates Cambridge Trust

In October 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle, Washington, USA announced a donation to the University of Cambridge of $210 million to establish the Gates Cambridge Trust. This benefaction creates in perpetuity an international scholarship programme to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge.

The Trustees are required to award scholarships on the basis of a person's intellectual ability, leadership capacity and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others. For more information, visit:

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The Rhodes Scholarship

The Candidates for The Rhodes Scholarship are selected by nearly one hundred local selection committees in the Rhodes constituencies thoughout the world. In each country the Trustees appoint a national secretary, who reports to the Trust through its international Secretary in Oxford. It is his task to ensure that places are found in Oxford colleges and departments for the candidates who have been successful in the national competitions. For more information, visit:

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British Chevening Scholarships

Scholarships are offered in over 150 countries and enable talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and gain skills which will benefit their countries. The Chevening programme currently provides around 2,300 new scholarships each year for postgraduate studies or research at UK Institutions of Higher Education. For more information, visit:

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COB Work Study and Private Grants

The College of The Bahamas Financial Aid program is designed to conform with, and relate to the particular needs of Bahamian students at The College of The Bahamas. It is structured to be consistent with The College's commitment to the principle of "equality of access" and has been established and provides financial aid for students who could not otherwise attend The College. One dimension of the program encourages and stimulates the more determined students to excel academically and develop socially. For more information, visit:

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Caribbean Tourism Organization Scholarship Foundation - Call for Applications

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships and study grants from Caribbean nationals in CTO member countries. The aim of the CTO Foundation is to provide opportunities for Caribbean nationals to pursue studies in the areas of tourism, hospitality and language training.

The Foundation selects individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership both within and outside the classroom and who express a strong interest in making a positive contribution to Caribbean tourism. The Foundation offers two types of assistance: - Scholarships of up to US$20,000 to individuals wanting to study tourism or hospitality at the Master?s (post graduate) level - Study grants of up to US$2,500 to individuals pursing tourism/hospitality studies at the certificate, diploma, associate degree or first degree level, and to industry personnel who want to gain proficiency in a second language to assist them in their job Studies can be pursued both within and outside the region.

Application forms are available at any CTO office, the local Ministry of Tourism, Board of Tourism, and Hotel Association. Forms are also available on the CTO website at

Interested persons must fill out the forms, supply all of the necessary information and return them directly to the Caribbean Tourism Organization?s headquarters, One Financial Place, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, Barbados, Tel: 246-427-5242; Fax: 246-429-3065 by the deadline date given on the form. Since 1997 the CTO Foundation has provided 15 major scholarships and 44 study grants to deserving Caribbean nationals, amounting to just over US$348,000. Major Foundation sponsors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, the CTO chapters worldwide and numerous allied members.

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Caribbean Hotel Foundation Scholarships

The Caribbean Hotel Foundation was established in 1987 as a non-profit organization, through which scholarships and special assistance would be made available for the education of Caribbean hotel industry personnel and students pursuing hotel careers. As part of its mission, the Foundation provides people throughout the Caribbean region with an awareness of the industry?s varied career opportunities, as well as technical and professional development.

Today, the CHA Foundation administers one of the largest scholarship programs available in the Caribbean Hospitality Industry. Funds for these scholarships and grants are generated from the CHIC Foundation Auction, Corporate Sponsorship and Island Golf Tournaments, in addition to generous support from American Express. We also encourage the co-sponsorship of scholarships through Business's from the Caribbean, Island Hotel Associations and individual Resort sponsorship. For complete information, visit:

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Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA) Scholarship Programme

One of the avenues to foster the development of the talent which our industry needs is through the Bahamas Hotel Association or the Caribbean Hotel Foundation (CHF) scholarship programs. Three activities are held annually which support these important programs BHA's annual golf tournament in October, the BHA Holiday Auction in December, and the CHF Live and Silent Auction held each year at CHA CHIC in June. Three Bahamians are presently receiving scholarships and dozens have been recipients over the years. The programs support academic scholarships as well as programs leading to certification and professional development.

A number of hotels have had existing employees as recipients of professional development scholarships while others have hired student scholarship recipients who have graduated from some of the world's finest tourism and hospitality programs. There are several great things about these programs - they are industry supported and managed; the selection criteria meets the highest expectations from industry; student progress is carefully monitored; BHA is provided ongoing feedback on student progress and must approve continuation of a student's scholarship; and funds for CHF are leveraged from both national, regional and international industry partner support.

Invitations for applications are available annually in January and applications are accepted through to the end of March. For additional information visit the CHA website at or contact the Bahamas Hotel Association at (242)322-8381

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UNESCO Inter- American Development Bank (IDB) Fellowship Programme

Purpose: To accommodate students wishing to study in the areas of Social Sciences Business, or Public Administration. The Inter-American Development Bank and the Ministry of Education's Scholarship Advisory Committee are responsible for making the final decisions regarding recipients. Type of Scholarship: Awards are offered for studies at the Master's and PhD. degree levels. Tenability: Open to Bahamians only, they are tenable at any accredited institution. Amount of Award: An award covers full tuition, medical and accident insurance, installation allowance, monthly subsistence, book allowance, and paid economy class travel.

Application Procedure: To be eligible for an award, one must be under age 35, possess a BA degree and two years work experience in the public sector, have been admitted to, but not yet begun a graduate degree, and be in good health. Executive Directors, their alternates, relative or staff of IDB are not eligible. ^return to top


Bahamas Hotel Training College IBM (Bahamas) Limited


Based on academic performance, the award is given each year to the Bahamian student with the highest average at the completion of the first year Diploma in Hospitality Operations programme.The Bahamas Hotel Training College is responsible for making the decision regarding the recipient. The sponsor is the award's major source of funding.

Type of Scholarship:

It is offered for studies at the Diploma level only. Award proceeds are paid directly to The Bahamas Hotel Training College. Tenability: Open to Bahamians only, it is tenable for study at The Bahamas Hotel TrainingCollege.

Amount of Award:

Offered as a partial scholarship, it includes tuition for one (1) year.

Number of Awards: One (1) award is given each year.

Application Procedure: Additional information may be obtained from the office of the Student Service Coordinator at The Bahamas Hotel Training College.

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