a scholarship for rural jamaica

Program Overview
Young Dreamers Scholarship Overview

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Program Manager:

Demetha Barnett


The Fiwi Roots Project


The Fiwi Roots Project, holds and administers certain funds (the "Funds") that provide scholarship grants to Sixth Grade students entering high school ("Grantees") that have demonstrated a drive to achieve, willingness to set goals, and the self-discipline and initiative to work towards achieving those goals.

The funds are set aside to help the recipient offset the expense of fees and books at the high school to which they qualify. Grants made from such Funds shall be referred to as the "Young Dreamers Bright Start Scholarship" -- "Scholarship Grant" throughout this document.

I. Selection of Grantee

The Grantee is to be selected on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis, based on their financial circumstances and scholastic achievement. Each year, one student with the highest PEP score across all participating schools will be selected as the Grantee of that '' Scholarship Grant.

II. Criteria for Selection

The criteria for selection is to be based on the following:

  • a completed application
  • PEP tests - highest score across all participating schools.
  • recommendations from teachers who have knowledge of the applicant's capabilities
  • financial circumstances

III. Grant Selection Committees

Each school will be responsible for implementing the program as they deem appropriate based on their resources, and for encouraging their students to apply for the scholarship.

Each school will be responsible for submitting the name of the candidate who has applied, and have attained the school's highest PEP score. In the event of a tie, the names of all students that have tied for the highest PEP score should be submitted. The final determination on who gets the grant will be made by, and at the sole discretion of the Program Manager, based on the essay that was submitted during the application process.

IV. Target Schools

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.

V. Application Process

Applicants for the Scholarship Grant shall be required to submit an essay on the following topic:

NOTE: The essay topic will change occasionally.

Describe a life goal you would like to accomplish or a change you would like to make in your community or Jamaica.
Explain how you would go about accomplishing this life goal or effectuating this change.
Mention some obstacles you might encounter during the process and how you would address them.

Applicants must include their name, age, address, school name and their teacher's name.

Applications are only accepted online. The online form provides direct input, or a cut and paste of, your essay.

VI. Disbursement of Funds

Funds will be disbursed directly to the high school of the candidate.

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