The Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation and the University of Birmingham have opened applications for the 2016/17 University of Birmingham and Jamaica National Foundation Legacy Scholarship, for studies beginning in September 2016.
The scholarship is open to graduates who would have successfully matriculated into a Master of Science degree programme at the University of Birmingham’s Business School by May 13, 2016. Special assistance may also be provided for athletic development and training if the awardee demonstrates outstanding ability in a particular sport.
The Legacy Scholarship programme, which is endorsed by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen through his I Believe Initiative, is awarded to one Jamaican tertiary graduate per year over the three-year period 2014 – 2016.
The first awardee, Chris-Ann Thomas (2014-15), holds a master’s with distinction from the University of Birmingham, having placed first in her programme; while the second awardee, Lavois Cruickshank (2015-2016), is currently studying for the MSc in Financial Economics.
Saffrey Brown, general manager at the JNBS Foundation, noted that the Legacy Scholarship, which is in its final year, has already created an impactful legacy, and will continue to result in the exchange and application of first world standards into the local work arena by beneficiaries of the scholarship who have been exposed to aspects of business in an international setting.
“Providing scholarships of this calibre for Jamaican students is important, as it provides an opportunity for the best students to study overseas, develop global networks and contribute to introducing emerging ideas in the local market,” she said.
The University of Birmingham is consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 institutions, with approximately 32,000 students, and is one of the most popular universities for postgraduate study in the UK. It was named The Times’ and The Sunday Times’ University of the Year for Graduate Employment for 2015/16.