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Tips & FAQs for a Successful Scholarship Application

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Tips for a Successful Scholarship Application

  • Start early. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete the application.
  • THE ESSAY MUST BE ORIGINAL! Your essay must be your own. A copy of someone else's work will result in disqualification.
  • Proofread your application, particularly the essay response. Pay close attention to grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes. It is highly recommended that you have an advisor or teacher read over your complete application before submission.
  • Follow the directions in the essay prompt. Pay close attention to both content and word count when writing your essay.
  • Be yourself. There is no “right” answer... it is what you want to make it. In fact, being original and being able to uniquely express yourself, works in your favor.
  • Don’t procrastinate. Deadlines are final. Your application will not be considered if it is late.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a sixth grade student that plans to go to high school.
  • Be a student at one of the target schools.

When is the application submission deadline?

April 30 every year

What is the Program timeline?

  • Application Opens: February 15
  • Application Closes: April 30 end of day
  • Scholarship Recipients Notified: The target is 2 weeks after PEP score results are released to the schools. The schools are responsible for sending the name of their candidate who attained the highest scores.
  • Scholarship Disbursement: By September 1, payable directly to the High School.

What are the selection criteria?

The Program Administration will evaluate the applications and select the winners. The administrators will consider:

  • Highest PEP score of all Applicants
  • In the event of a tie, the best essay will be used as the tie breaker

Decisions of the program administrators are final and are not subject to appeal.

What is the topic and length of the Essay?

An essay of a maximum of 600 words on the following topic is a requirement for consideration:

NOTE: The essay topic will change occasionally.

Describe something you would like to accomplish in your life or a change you would like to make in your community or Jamaica. Tell us how you would go about accomplishing this life goal or effectuating this change, and what obstacles you might encounter along the way and how you would address them.

How will the Essay be Scored?

Grading of the essay will be based on a rubric.

What are the details of the award?

    One scholarship will be awarded annually to a single student and is not renewable.
  • The award amount is JA$85,000.
  • The scholarship will be applied to fees and books up to the award amount

Is this scholarship renewable?

This scholarship is not renewable

Is my primary school eligible for the program?

The Scholarship Grant is targeted at schools in the Interior of the Island, where there tend to be a higher density of families of less means and opportunity.

How will teachers benefit?

The Principal and all Sixth Grade teachers will receive a monetary gift recognizing their contribution to the winner's achievement.

How do I get an application?

All applications must be submitted using the online application form.
NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

How do I submit the Essay?

The submission of the essay is tied into the application process. The essay can be typed directly into the online application form or cut and pasted directly into the form.

How do I check the status of my application?

You will not be able to check the status of the application. The winning candidate will be notified by email and the results posted online at this site.

How do I know if my application is complete?

You will see a message immediately confirming submission of your application. The application also gives you a choice to have a copy of what you submitted sent to your email.

How and when will winners receive notification?

The winner will be notified via email and their name will posted online at the home page of this site. The target is 2 weeks after PEP score results are released to the schools. The schools are responsible for sending the name of their candidate who attained the highest score.

What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?

  • You must notify the Program Manager of the name of the high school to which you been accepted.
  • You must enroll in the high school that you have been accepted.
  • Once notified, we will contact the school to arrange disbursement.

How do I make changes to my application?

Immediately after submitting your application, you will see a message confirming the submission along with a link to edit what was submitted. The URL associated with the link that allows you to edit the application is unique to your application and can be saved for later use. Alternatively, there is also an option to send a copy of what was submitted to your email. If you choose this option, a copy of what you sent along with a link to make changes will be sent to your email address.


How and when are checks issued?

The funds will be disbursed directly to the high school after the program administration has been notified of the high school where you have been accepted. The disbursement will be closely coordinated with your enrollment process, so you must keep us informed.

Are there benefits to the winner during their high school years?

The scholarship program remains engaged with past winners through their high school years with programs designed to reward high performance. More information is available on the Performance Benefits page.

email: dbarnett@cartycorp.com
Subject Line: Scholarship Fund