Young persons with disabilities encouraged to apply for scholarship

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Jamaica News: Young persons with disabilities are being encouraged to submit applications for the Margaret Moody Scholarship.

Applications for the scholarship opened on August 3 and will close on August 31. Two scholarships are made available each year.

Administered by the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), the Margaret Moody Scholarship is open to persons pursuing studies at the diploma, associate or bachelor’s degree levels.

Executive Director of the JCPD, Dr. Christine Hendricks, told JIS News that the scholarship provides financial assistance to persons with disabilities to access tertiary education and courses for specialist qualification, as well as it encourages academic excellence and provides support for persons with disabilities to attain the highest level of education.

The scholarship, which is valued at $150,000 per annum for three years, covers the cost of tuition, board and educational materials.

Additional financial support may be provided for longer study programmes where the candidate maintains a minimum ‘B’ average, or a 3.0 GPA (grade point average).

Eligibility criteria stipulate applicants should be fully registered with the JCPD, and applications should be accompanied by an acceptance letter from the institution.

Priority will be given to applicants pursuing training for the first time at the tertiary level and students who have maintained a ‘B’ or a 3.0 GPA in previous studies.

Successful candidates will be required to give back to the community of persons with disabilities at least 40 voluntary hours for one year.

The application form and other details on the scholarship are available on the Council’s website,

Persons may also contact the JCPD at (876) 968-8373/926-9376 or visit the JCPD’s Ripon Road office in Kingston.

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