The Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation and the University of Birmingham have opened the admission process for the 2016/17 University of Birmingham and Jamaica National Foundation Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship, which is in its final year, will see one Jamaican student being accepted to study for a one year master’s degree in a business related field at the United Kingdom (UK)-based institution, beginning in September 2016.

The scholarship provides a unique opportunity for an outstanding Jamaican student to be a part of a university community which offers education that is academically challenging; and, above all, transformative. Should the awardee demonstrate outstanding ability in a particular sport, special assistance may also be provided for athletic development and training.

The first Legacy Scholarship awardee, Chris-Ann Thomas (2014-15), is the proud holder of a master’s degree with distinction from the University of Birmingham, placing first in her Masters programme. Lavois Cruickshank, the scholar for 2015-2016, is currently studying for the MSc Financial Economics.

Saffrey Brown, general manager at the JNBS Foundation, noted that as the Legacy scholarship enters its final year, the programme has already created an impactful legacy that has 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,” said Brown.

The Legacy Scholarship Programme, which is endorsed by the Governor General Sir Patrick Allen through his ‘I Believe Initiative’, is awarded annually to one Jamaican tertiary graduate during the three-year period, 2014 -2016.

The Legacy Scholarship is open to students who have successfully matriculated to study for a master of science degree at the University of Birmingham’s Business School by April 29, 2016.

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. The University of Birmingham was named The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year for Graduate Employment 2015/16.

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