Eighty-eight (88) students were awarded scholarships worth more than EC$6.3 million during a virtual scholarship awards ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Education on 21 October 2022.
Scholarships were awarded in 7 categories, with 22 going towards UWI economic costs; 42 for SGU undergraduate studies and 17 for SGU master’s programmes; 2 for the China undergraduate and 2 for the China graduate programmes; one from the OAS and 2 Commonwealth UK awards.
Study areas include biochemistry, civil/chemical/computer and electrical engineering, economics and accounting, law, psychology, social work, meteorology, political science, sports science, information technology, tourism and hospitality management, marine wildlife conservation biology, economics in International Business and Cross Border E-Commerce, earthquake engineering and education.
Noting the 45-year history of awarding full-tuition scholarships to Grenadian students, SGU’s Associate Dean of Admissions Colin Dowe said, “At this point, annually, we award over 120 full tuition scholarships to Grenadians across all programmes. It is one thing for education to be available here in Grenada, it’s quite another question as to whether or not it is accessible, and this partnership allows for the accessibility of tertiary education to Grenadians.”
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Grenada His Excellency Wei Hongtian announced that from October 2022 China reopened to international students pursuing face-to-face study. His Excellency also praised the great collaboration, between China and Grenada for the past 17 years, since restored diplomatic ties in 2005.
He said, “The Chinese Government has also arranged a slew of policies to improve the quality of all the students studying in China. Today, I would like to take this occasion to confirm that the Chinese Government Scholarship Programme will continue to offer 15 full scholarships to Grenadian students in 2023 and it is open for applications from now.”
Minister for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Sen. the Hon. David Andrew congratulated the awardees, noting that his administration aspires to have at least one university graduate per household.
“It is an important day for us, too, as an administration, because it underscores this administration’s emphasis on education; this administration’s policy position; this administration’s viewpoint that education is probably one of the single most important tools for transforming our economy; for transforming our society,” Hon. Andrew said. “I want to put on record our appreciation to The University of the West Indies, St George’s University, the Organisation of American States, the Commonwealth UK Awards; the People’s Republic of China. I want to thank all of you for continuing to partner with us to see more and more of our citizens aspire to higher heights in education.”
On behalf of her fellow awardees, scholarship recipient, Rheanna Mann, thanked all involved for their continuous support and dedication towards the development of education in Grenada.