BY THE BOOK: A comprehensive database of scholarship information now available online. Below, Education minister Ronald Thwaites accepting a hard copy of the 2012 edition.
For Jamaican students seeking funding to finance their tertiary schooling, a newly digitized publication has arrived to make the quest a bit easier.
The National Scholarship Digest, considered the first of its kind in Jamaica, offers some 100 informative pages on scores of scholarships available not just locally, but throughout the region, North-, Central- and South- America, Europe, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand -- collectively valued at close to J$4 billion and being offered in a range of fields and disciplines spanning law, medicine, IT and media and communications.
"The [digest] provides the most comprehensive database of scholarship information that allows students to go to one source to get criteria and contact information for each scholarship," explains Chris Grant, CEO of Next Move Jamaica, a company set up in 2010 to aid ambitious schoolers and their parents make, well, the next move.
Available free of cost and sponsored by insurance giants General Accident, the National Scholarship Digest can be accessed at nextmoveja.com.