Academic Scholarships 2017 (Undergraduate)

Organization of American States (OAS)

Established in 1983, this program grants scholarships for the last two years of undergraduate studies to citizens or permanent residents of the English-speaking Caribbean OAS Member States, and Suriname. Applicants must pursue undergraduate studies within the eight (8) OAS priority areas.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    Must be an undergraduate student who is in the last two years of the undergraduate degree or eligible to graduate within 2 academic years
  • Financial Need:
  • Other Academic Requirements:
    Be eligible to graduate within 2 academic years from the date of the award or be accepted into the university for the last two years of the undergraduate degree; Have completed the first two (2) years of the Undergraduate degree, or have an Associates degree; Have a GPA above the minimum standard required by the university
  • Residence:
    Be a permanent resident (or citizen) of an English-speaking Caribbean Member States or Suriname
  • Citizenship:
    Be a citizen (or permanent resident) of an English-speaking Caribbean Member States or Suriname
  • College:
    Must be accepted or enrolled in any university in an OAS Member State: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica , Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela
  • Major/Career:
    Must pursue undergraduate study which is framed within the eight (8) OAS priority areas: Social Development and the Creation of Productive Employment; Education; Economic Diversification and Integration, Trade liberalization, and Market Access; Scientific Development and Exchange and Transfer of Technology; Strengthening of Democratic Institutions; Sustainable Development of Tourism; Sustainable Development and the Environment;
  • Miscellaneous:
    Admission letter must state that the applicant will complete the program of studies within 2 academic years; Be in good physical and mental health to complete the program successfully
  • Other Benefits:
    Roundtrip airfare (from the sponsoring country to the country of study); Tuition and mandatory fees; Yearly books allowance (US $300 for onsite studies / US $1,000 for online studies); Health insurance. (for onsite students only); Monthly complementary subsistence allowance (for onsite students only)

Application Details

  • Judging Criteria:
    Evaluation Criteria: 1) The objectives and priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development 20062009 which takes into account individual country and hemispherewide developmental needs.2)The training priorities of the Member States. 3) The merits and overall credentials of the applicant, including academic and/or professional experience which will be judged by; the quality of the written essays and how well candidates explain a) the impact they believe their studies will have on their institution/community/country, and b) their fiveyear plan upon return to the sponsoring country; the candidates university grade point average (GPA) and class ranking should be considered superior by the country/institution from which the candidate has graduatedor is currently studyingin order to facilitate the placement of an awardee in a reputable university; the scores obtained in the standardized tests, if applicable; the level of completeness and detail put into the preparation of the application; the quality of the recommendation letters which attest to the candidates ability to perform and to succeed as a scholarship recipient and describe what contribution and impact the recommender believes the candidate will have on the institution/community/country. 4) A geographic distribution that takes into account the greater needs of smaller and emerging economies. 5) Potential and commitment of the candidate to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to the development of the sponsoring country. 6) Gender equality and equity as an important element in all partnershipfordevelopment programming. 7) The financial need of the applicant, as established by the ONEs and National Commissions.
  • Transcript:
  • Resume/Activity List:
  • Recommendation Letters:
    Three (3) recommendation letters: Preferably two (2) different letters from current or former professors using the OAS Recommendation Statement Form, and one (1 ) from a current or previous employer using the Employer Recommendation Form. If unemployed or never employed, include a third letter from a professor or someone who can be considered providing reference of your qualities as a student or professional. Recommendation letters from relatives WILL NOT not be accepted
  • Other Materials:
    Copy of the Associates diploma, if applicable. For those candidates already enrolled in the bachelors program, copy of the high school diploma; Unconditional Admission letter (s) to university (ies); Identification from Sponsoring Countr

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