Application Process

UNDERGRADUATE – (Bachelor)

Eligibility

All applicants must be a Bahamian citizen.

All applicants must be studying outside of The Bahamas.

All applicants must have at least one academic year remaining, which is the equivalent of two full semesters.

Minimum GPA requirements:
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application, whether high school or college.

Career goal stipulations:

  • Students are not eligible if his/her career plan is medicine (medical doctor, this includes students studying Biochemistry with plans to attend Medical School).
  • Students are not eligible if pursuing a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree.

Criteria

Family Education Background
Preference is given to students who are first generation (neither parent has completed college).

Academic Profile
Grade Point Average, SAT, SAT II, ACT, BGCSEs, IGCSE’s, IB AP, other academic information as well as work experience and proficiency in the intended area of study.

Field of Study
Examples of majors and career areas of national need:

  • The Arts (writing, music, visual)
  • Economics
  • Education – specialised fields, secondary and STEM subjects
  • Engineering – specialised fields
  • Financial Services
  • Foreign Languages
  • Health Administration
  • Information Technology/Software and Application Development
  • Marine and Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Pre-professional Allied Health majors (e.g. physiotherapy, speech therapy).

 

Career Goal
Matches employment opportunities in The Bahamas in major sectors of economic activity or sectors experiencing growth; labour market shortages are well documented in a particular field.

Availability of Programme at University of The Bahamas
UB offers strong academic programmes and as such, we prioritise scholarships for candidates who are not able to obtain degrees in their chosen field of study from UB.

Institutional Reputation
The college or university that the candidate plans to attend is well ranked in national and international ranking reports (i.e. US News, Maclean’s).

Financial Need
The resources available to the candidate to support his or her studies.

Financial Capacity
The candidate’s plan to secure additional funding beyond a Foundation scholarship.

Candidates Personal Qualities
Personal essays are assessed along with the candidates overall character.

How to Apply


Stage 1 (open to all eligible students)

Deadline: March 15

Complete the application form.
Students will be evaluated and successful applicants will be invited to continue through the process

Notifications:
Applicants will receive a notification of application status via email within five working days of submission.



Stage 2 (by invitation only)

Deadline: Communicated through email.

Students will be asked to provide documentation of the details in their completed application form from stage 1, as well as, additional supplemental information.

Documents required to be uploaded:

  • Passport copy
  • Copy of transcript as at December term/most recent
  • Letter of acceptance
  • Financial Information (i.e. job letter, confirmation of self-employed income etc.)
  • Exam results (AP/SAT scores, BGCSE, IGCSE, IB)

Notifications:
All applicants will be notified in June on whether or not they were submitted to the screening committee for consideration.



Stage 3(Top 25% of applicants)Students who are forwarded to the screening committee for consideration of an award will be asked to provide references. Student may also be invited to interview.

Notifications:
Final decisions on scholarship recipients will be communicated in early July.

Selection of Recipients

Students who complete stage 2 of the process are evaluated in greater detail on the nine criteria. The top 25% of applicants are forwarded to an independent screening committee for final decisions.

This independent screening committee – made up of community representatives, former Foundation Scholars and education professionals – reviews the applications and makes final recommendations. The committee may also decide to interview finalists prior to making its recommendations.

Am I A Good Candidate Quiz

Take the Quiz!

I have generally maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher.




Specialty Awards

In addition to the general undergraduate awards, students may also be eligible for one of the below awards depending on their field of study and other criteria.

Estelle Siebens Excellence Scholarship

  • One scholarship awarded annually valued up to US$15,000 per year.
  • For study in the US and Canada at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Approved fields of study are agriculture, architecture, economics, education, engineering, marine construction, marine design and manufacturing systems

 

Harry Moore Memorial Scholarship In The Arts

  • One scholarship awarded annually valued up to US$15,000 per year.
  • For study at the undergraduate level for students who have completed or are in the final semester of an Associates of Art degree from University of The Bahamas 
OR
  • For study at the graduate level
  • Approved fields of study are the fine, visual and performing arts, writing, poetry, as well as arts education
  • Samples of work and/or auditions and interviews are required.

 

Bahamas Billfish Championship Scholarship

  • Two scholarships awarded annually worth up to US$15,000 per year
  • One undergraduate scholarship in marine and environmental biology
  • One technical training and vocational scholarship in marine mechanics

 

The Rogers Family Scholarship Fund (The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation)

  • Valued up to CDN$25,000 annually
  • For study in Canada at the undergraduate level
  • Preference given to first generation students
  • Open field of study, with preference given to students who are accepted into the Edward Rogers School of Business Management at Ryerson University

 

The Birchall Family Scholarship (The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation)

  • Valued at CDN$15,000 annually
  • For study in Canada at the undergraduate level
  • Open field of study

 

The Nihon Family Scholarship (The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation)

  • Valued at CDN$10,000 annually
  • For study in Canada at the undergraduate level
  • Open field of study
  • Candidates must demonstrate leadership skills such as team captaincy, participation in student government, civic contributions or community service

Applicants must also have earned at least a bronze award in the Governor-General’s Youth Award programme

See Sample

Undergraduate

Application Form

GRADUATE – (Master or Master/PhD)

Eligibility

All applicants must be a Bahamian citizen.

All applicants must be studying outside of The Bahamas.

All applicants must have at least one academic year remaining, which is the equivalent of two full semesters.

Minimum GPA requirements:
Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or
Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 if currently enrolled in graduate studies.

Career goal stipulations:
Students are not eligible if his/her career plan is medicine and is currently enrolled or preparing to be enrolled in Medical School.

Criteria

Family Education Background
Preference is given to students who are first generation (neither parent has completed college).

Academic Profile
Undergraduate transcripts, internships, research, professional courses, and other academic information as well as work experience and proficiency in the intended area of study.

Field of Study
Examples of majors and career areas of national need:

  • Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences and Management
  • Allied Health
  • Economics and International Business
  • Education – specialised fields, secondary and STEM subjects
  • Educational Leadership and School Administration
  • Engineering – specialised fields
  • Financial Services
  • Foreign Languages
  • Health Administration/Public Health
  • Hospitality Management and Tourism
  • Information Technology/Software and Application Development
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Marine and Environment Sciences
  • Nursing – specialised fields
  • Physical, Occupational, Speech and Language Therapy
  • Public Health and Hospital Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • School and College Admission Counselling
  • School Psychology
  • Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Urban Development and Planning

Career Goal
Matches employment opportunities in The Bahamas in major sectors of economic activity or sectors experiencing growth; labour market shortages are well documented in a particular field.

Completion of first degree at University of The Bahamas
UB offers strong academic programmes and as such, we prioritise scholarships for candidates who have completed their first degree at UB.

Institutional Reputation
The college or university that the candidate plans to attend is well ranked in national and international ranking reports (i.e. US News, Maclean’s).

Financial Need
The resources available to the candidate to support his or her studies.

Financial Capacity
The candidate’s plan to secure additional funding beyond a Foundation scholarship.

Candidates Personal Qualities
Personal essays are assessed along with the candidates overall character.

Intention to return to The Bahamas
All graduate study candidates must express how their chosen field of study will impact The Bahamas.

How to Apply

Stage 1 (open to all eligible students)

Deadline: March 15

Complete the application form.

Students will be evaluated and successful applicants will be invited to continue through the process.

Notifications:
Applicants will receive a notification of application status via email within five working days of submission.


Stage 2 (by invitation only)

Deadline: Communicated through email.

Students will be asked to provide documentation of the details in their completed application form from stage 1, as well as, additional supplemental information.

Documents required to be uploaded:

  • Passport copy
  • Copy of transcript as at December term/most recent
  • Letter of acceptance
  • Financial Information (i.e. job letter, confirmation of self-employed income etc.)

Notifications:
All applicants will be notified in June on whether or not they were submitted to the screening committee for consideration.


Stage 3 (Top 25% of applicants)

Students who are forwarded to the screening committee for consideration of an award will be asked to provide references. Student may also be invited to interview.

Notifications:
Final decisions on scholarship recipients will be communicated in early July.

Selection of Recipients

Students who complete stage 2 of the process are evaluated in greater detail on the nine criteria. The top 25% of applicants are forwarded to an independent screening committee for final decisions.

This independent screening committee – made up of community representatives, former Foundation Scholars and education professionals – reviews the applications and makes final recommendations. The committee may also decide to interview finalists prior to making its recommendations.

 

Am I A Good Candidate Quiz

Take the Quiz!

I have generally maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher.




Specialty Awards

In addition to the general graduate awards, students may also be eligible for one of the below awards depending on their field of study and other criteria.

Estelle Siebens Excellence Scholarship

  • One scholarship awarded annually valued up to US$15,000 per year.
  • For study in the US and Canada at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Approved fields of study are agriculture, architecture, economics, education, engineering, marine construction, marine design and manufacturing systems

 

Harry Moore Memorial Scholarship In The Arts

  • One scholarship awarded annually valued up to US$15,000 per year.
  • For study at the undergraduate level for students who have completed or are in the final semester of an Associates of Art degree from University of The Bahamas 
OR
  • For study at the graduate level
  • Approved fields of study are the fine, visual and performing arts, writing, poetry, as well as arts education
  • Samples of work and/or auditions and interviews are required.

 

The Sir John Templeton Memorial Scholarships

  • Four annual scholarship valued up to US$20,000 each for study at the graduate level
  • Two scholarships will be awarded for study in business and two for study in theology
  • Two compulsory short essays are required including one on Sir John’s book, ‘Worldwide Laws of Life’

 

Solmssen Templeton Scholarship

  • One scholarship awarded annually, valued up to US$10,000 per year.
  • For a Master of Law (LL.M, S.J.D., Ph.D. or D.Phil. in Law).
  • For a Combined Postgraduate Diploma Bar Professional Training with an LL.M.
    • Eligible fields of study are:
      • Admiralty, Shipping and/or Aviation Law
      • Arbitration and Mediation
      • Environmental Law
      • Information Technology Law
      • International Financial Services and Securities Regulation
      • Maritime Law
      • Taxation and International Tax Compliance
      • Anti-Money Laundering
      • Trust and Estate Planning
  • For a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Judicial Administration (MPA)
  • For a Master of Science in Legal Administration (MSLA)
  • For a Certificate, Diploma or Associate’s Degree in Court Reporting or Court Stenography
  • LL.B or J.D. courses are not eligible.

 

The Shirley Oakes Butler (Overseas) Charitable Trust

  • Annual scholarship worth up to US$15,000 per year
  • For study at the graduate level
  • Recipients are selected from among all those who apply for a graduate academic scholarship from the Foundations (there is no separate form to fill out)

 

The Albek Family Scholarship

  • One award valued at US$15,000 each year for study at the graduate level
  • For study in:
    • Marine Science including specialization in Marine Biology, Ecosystems, Habitat Protection, Tropical Environments or Fishing Science.
  • Environmental Sciences including specialization in Oceanography, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Sustainability, Environmental Policy and Management, or Environmental Education
  • Agricultural Science including Agriculture Production, Horticultural Science, Animal Production, Natural and Sustainable Resource Management
  • Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine Resource Management

See Sample

Graduate

Application Form

TECHNICAL & VOCATIONAL – (Diploma, Certificate, Associate in a trade)

Eligibility

All applicants must be a Bahamian citizen.

All applicants must be studying outside of The Bahamas.

The programme of study must be at least six (6) months long.

No GPA requirements.
Graduation from high school or its equivalent is a prerequisite for consideration. However, applicants who do not have a high school diploma may be considered on the basis of other successful experiences that demonstrate their ability to perform satisfactorily at the college level programme of their choice.

Criteria

Family Education Background
Preference is given to students who are first generation (neither parent has completed college).

Academic Profile
Grade Point Average and other academic information as well as work experience and proficiency in the intended area of study.

Field of Study
Examples of majors and career areas of national need:

  • Agriculture, Horticulture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Allied Health Care and Technology
  • Automotive, Marine and Aviation, Diesel Mechanics and Technology
  • Computer Service Technology
  • Construction Technology and related trades
  • Culinary Arts (up to Bachelor degree)
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Engineering Technology (up to Associated level)
  • Heavy Equipment Operations
  • Hospitality and Tourism Studies
  • Machine Shop and Welding
  • Medical Equipment Repair
  • Quantity Surveying Technology
  • Respiratory Technology

Career Goal
Matches employment opportunities in The Bahamas in major sectors of economic activity or sectors experiencing growth; labour market shortages are well documented in a particular field.

Availability of Programme at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute
BTVI offers strong technical and vocational programmes and as such, we prioritise scholarships for candidates who are not able study in their chosen field at BTVI

Institutional Reputation
The college or university that the candidate plans to attend is accredited.

Financial Need
The resources available to the candidate to support his or her studies.

Financial Capacity
The candidate’s plan to secure additional funding beyond a Foundation scholarship.

Candidates Personal Qualities
Personal essays are assessed along with the candidates overall character.

How to Apply

Stage 1 (open to all eligible students)

Deadline: March 15

Complete the application form.

Students will be evaluated and successful applicants will be invited to continue through the process.

Notifications:
Applications submitted before March 1st will receive a notification of status within five working days.

Applications submitted after March 1st will receive a notification of status within ten working days.


Stage 2 (by invitation only)

Deadline: Communicated through email.

Students will be asked to provide documentation of the details in their completed application form from stage 1, as well as, additional supplemental information.

Documents required to be uploaded:

  • Passport copy
  • Copy of transcript as at December term/most recent
  • Letter of acceptance
  • Financial Information (i.e. job letter, confirmation of self-employed income etc.)
  • Exam results

Notifications:
Students who are and who are not submitted to the screening committee for final consideration will know of this decision in June.


Stage 3 (Top 25% of applicants)  Students who are forwarded to the screening committee for consideration of an award will be asked to provide references. Student may also be invited to interview.

Notifications:
Final decisions on scholarship recipients will be communicated in early July.

Selection of Recipients

Students who complete stage 2 of the process are evaluated in greater detail on the nine criteria. The top 25% of applicants are forwarded to an independent screening committee for final decisions.

This independent screening committee – made up of community representatives, former Foundation Scholars and education professionals – reviews the applications and makes final recommendations. The committee may also decide to interview finalists prior to making its recommendations.

Am I A Good Candidate Quiz

Take the Quiz!

I have generally maintained a GPA of 2.75 or higher.




Specialty Awards

In addition to the general technical awards, students may also be eligible for one of the below awards depending on their field of study and other criteria.

Bahamas Billfish Championship Scholarship

  • Two scholarships awarded annually worth up to US$15,000 per year
  • One undergraduate scholarship in marine and environmental biology
  • One technical training and vocational scholarship in marine mechanics

 

Solmssen Templeton Scholarship

  • One scholarship awarded annually, valued up to US$10,000 per year.
  • For a Certificate, Diploma or Associate’s Degree in Court Reporting or Court Stenography

 

TK Foundation Technical Scholarships

  • Awarded annually, valued up to $15,000 per year.

See Sample

Technical

Application Form

If you are currently attending university internationally on a Lyford Cay Foundation or Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation scholarship click here to complete your annual renewal:

What are my chances of getting a scholarships?

Less than 15% of applicants receive a scholarship.

 

To test if you may be a good candidate – take this quiz:

 

Undergraduate

I have generally maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher.




Graduate

I have generally maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher.




Technical

I have generally maintained a GPA of 2.75 or higher.




I created an account and answered some questions, but don’t see an application. What do I do?

Please check the eligibility section of our website as this would mean you are not eligible for an award.

What are the undergraduate essay topics?

Compulsory Essay 1: Explain your career aspirations, your educational plan to meet these goals, and the contribution you would like to make to the development of The Bahamas.

Essay 2: Choose one. Please start your answer with the question.

Describe a challenge or obstacle that you faced in the last ten years. What did you learn about yourself from this experience?

Describe a personal accomplishment and the strengths and skills you used to achieve it.

Explain how you have helped your family or made your community
a better place to live. Please provide specific examples.

What are the graduate essay topics?

Compulsory Essay 1: How I intend to exercise and develop my career in The Bahamas.

Essay 2: Please write on one of the following statements. Please start your answer with the question.

The greatest challenge I have ever faced. What I did and what I learned.

The person who has inspired me the most and why.

What are the technical essay topics?

Compulsory Essay 1: Explain your career aspirations, your educational plan to meet these goals, and the contribution you would like to make to the development of The Bahamas.

Essay 2: Choose one. Please start your answer with the question.

Describe a challenge or obstacle that you faced in the last ten years. What did you learn about yourself from this experience?

Describe a personal accomplishment and the strengths and skills you used to achieve it.

Explain how you have helped your family or made your community
a better place to live. Please provide specific examples.