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Scholarships for Caribbean Students

Friday | June 8, 2018 | by Lakeisha Licencear-Alfred

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Caribbean students who are interested in furthering their education in North America may want to consider opportunities in Atlantic Canada.

The territory includes:

  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Newfoundland and Labrador

Known for its smaller, friendly communities, this region is home to many reputable colleges and universities. Therefore, it’s a viable alternative to Canada’s larger, fast-paced cities. It can also be an affordable place to live and study. That’s especially true if you qualify for a scholarship.

Scholarships in Atlantic Canada

Here is a list of scholarships that are suited for Caribbean students wanting to study in Atlantic Canada. Some are island-specific whereas others place applicants in competition with the greater pool of international students:

  • Reverend Trevor Philips Memorial Scholarship for Caribbean Students from Dalhousie University: Born in Jamaica, then migrating to Canada, Reverend Phillips obtained degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), St. Mary’s University (SMU) and Dalhousie University. This scholarship is awarded to a student at Dalhousie who is a Nova Scotian resident of Caribbean descent or is applying directly from the Caribbean. This scholarship is one of Dalhousie’s entrance awards, and the amount is undisclosed. Samara Burton, a Dominican studying Applied Computer Science, is a recent recipient of this award. Speaking to the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast, Samara elaborated on the events surrounding her receipt of this scholarship and described how fortunate she felt that such a funding option existed.
  • Thomas University: President’s International Scholarship: This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to top-ranking international students entering his or her first year at St. Thomas University (STU). Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, STU is a liberal arts university offering degrees in humanities, social sciences, applied arts and social work. This international scholarship is based solely on academic excellence. Students need to maintain an annual average G.P.A of at least 3.5 to qualify for award renewal. The amount varies up to a maximum of full tuition and differential fees.
  • The Butterfield Group: Post Graduate Environmental Studies Scholarship Program: The Butterfield Group is a community bank and provider of financial services around the globe. With offices in Bermuda, The Cayman Islands, and The Bahamas, the company developed a $25,000 USD award for a Master’s or PhD student from one of these countries. The applicant must be pursuing a degree in a field related to the protection and improvement of island environments. The corporation aims to promote higher education and contribute to the improvement of the islands in which they operate. The successful candidate would have an undergraduate degree and acceptance/enrollment into an accredited university. The applicant’s academic history, environmental focus, and extracurricular achievements will also play a role in the selection process.
  • Antigua & Barbuda: Halo Hero Scholarship for St. Mary’s University (SMU): If you are a national of Antigua and Barbuda between the ages of 16 and 25 and have been accepted into Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, then you may be eligible for one of the awards from the Halo Foundation. Keep in mind, that to be considered for this award, the committee requires three (3) recommendation letters from three (3) different sources as well as a minimum of six (6) CXC subjects (with grades 1 and 2). The three awards range from $17,000 CAD yearly (up to a maximum of 4 years) to $30,000 CAD yearly (for up to four years).
  • Joyce M. Hooper (Andrew) International Student Scholarship for Education at UPEI: If teaching is your passion and you are interested in obtaining a Bachelors of Education (BEd.) from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), then the Joyce M. Hopper scholarship may be an option for securing some financial assistance. This award was established in honor and memory of Mrs. Andrew, a PEI native, teacher and avid volunteer. Two international students entering the BEd program are awarded this scholarship which can be for sums up to $3,000 CAD.
  • Acadia University- Scotiabank Studentships: These renewable scholarships cover expenses up to $8,750 CAD. They are awarded annually to five (5), first-year students (international or domestic) entering full-time undergraduate studies at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. Recipients would have shown a combination of academic achievement, athletic or artistic involvement, community service, and Other scholarships from Acadia that Caribbean students may qualify for include the Dr. Ernest Hayes Scholarship and the Ester Clark Wright International Student Scholarships.
  • Bahamian Public Schools Scholars Programme: If you are a citizen of the Bahamas, then this particular scholarship may be of interest to you. Both St. Mary’s University (SMU) and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) have formed partnerships with the Bahamian Government’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The amount of the award can range from $7,500 US to $15,000 US / academic year. To be successful as a candidate, one must be a Bahamian citizen, a public school senior and have a G.P.A of at least a 3.00. The student must also provide a copy of their acceptance letter from a university partner (such as UPEI or SMU).

Why Should You Study in Atlantic Canada?

Caribbean students are increasingly moving to Canada to pursue new academic opportunities. They join an influx of international students from all over the world. In response, the schools in the region are trying to increase the financing options and immigration support for international students.

However, leaving home to pursue a higher education is still a difficult and expensive decision for most international students. Finding a scholarship or grant that matches your qualifications and financial needs can sometimes mean a long and tedious search. Due to certain economic hardships in the region, it can be especially difficult for individuals from the small island nations of the Caribbean. Many Atlantic Canadian universities and Caribbean entities (public and private) have recognized the need to provide Caribbean students with more financial resources. They continue to develop new awards to address these needs.

Another noteworthy point is the fact that the governments of these provinces are willing to help international students live and work once they earn their degrees. Programs such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the Stay in Nova Scotia Program can help Caribbean students smoothly transition from international student to working professional. Learn about all of your options as you plan your future in Canada.

Lakeisha Licencear-Alfred

Lakeisha Licencear-Alfred is the creator and host of the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada website and podcast.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of World Education Services (WES).