Awards, Scholarships and Grants

Annual Academic Awards, Scholarships & General Educational Grants

The Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Limited in keeping with its mandate to encourage the continuous development of its members offers the following additional membership benefits on an annual basis:

1.   Annual Academic Awards

  • for outstanding achievements in the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examinations (11+)
  • for outstanding achievements in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate
    Examinations (CSEC)
  • for outstanding achievements in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE)
  • in recognition of attainment of Barbados Government Exhibitions
  • in recognition of attainment of Barbados Government Scholarships

 

2.  Scholarships

  • Ralph Boyce Scholarships – University of the West Indies ( 2 locally and regionally)
  • H. Delisle Hurley Memorial Scholarship - Technical, Vocational and Applied Studies Award (4) – Barbados Community College
  • Verta Coppin Memorial Scholarship - Technical and Vocational Studies (4) – Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute

 

3.  General Educational Grants

  • Tertiary level studies

 

 

APPLICATION PROCESS DETAILS

None of these applications forms are currently available for download or print.

All applications (with the exception of the *UWI Ralph Boyce Scholarships) are to be submitted using on our online form, which is accessible by selecting the button below.

 

Please read all relevant details on this page before proceeding to the online form.

Note as follows:

 

  • The form will work with all modern web browsers using desktop computers, laptops and tablets – but not on mobile phones.
  • The form cannot be downloaded or printed from the link.
  • The relevant online form will become unavailable at 11:59 pm on the communicated deadline date.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the Committee.
  • Applicants will be notified of our Educational Scholarships and Grants Committee’s decision either by response to the email address provided online or by letter in the post.

 

Please note that our online form also supports the upload of supporting documents for your application. Examples of supporting documents include:

 

  • a personal letter from you, justifying financial need
  • an examination results slip
  • a current transcript
  • fees schedules
  • booklists
  • relevant quotations, invoices et cetera

 

Each file you upload must be 5MB or less and can be any of these file formats:
JPEG, PDF, DOC or DOCX formats.

 

Prior to completing the online form, please have all information on-hand and supporting documents ready for upload as you will not be able to access the same form again and will either need to complete a new form or email the documents separately to: grantsadmin@bpwccul.bb, before the submission deadline.

 

The submission of printed copies to a branch location is not the preferred option.

 

Please read the instructions carefully before completing this form and answer all relevant questions. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.

If you experience any challenges with accessing or using our online form for this purpose, please take an image / screen shot of the error message and email it to: grantsadmin@bpwccul.bb, including a daytime telephone contact number, for a response. You may also contact us via our Contact Centre: 622-9000.

 

Access Forms

 

Annual Academic Awards

 

NB. Submission deadline dates vary – check our website and social media pages for details, just prior to each examination period.

 

All awardees must have been members as at May 31st at least 2 years (24 months) prior and must have a minimum savings (inclusive of the minimum required permanent shares) on their account as at May 31st of the relevant year.

 

  • Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examinations (11+)

 

This is award is issued to the top 10 boys and top 10 girls (Thrift Club Members) who submit their exam results.

  • Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations

 

This award is issued to the top 20 students either male or female, who submit their results and qualify according to the established criteria i.e. a minimum of seven certificates - at least FOUR Grade 1 passes and THREE Grade 2 passes over no more than two consecutive examination years is required. Each subject will be considered only once. Priority consideration will be given to those who attain the minimum requirement in one academic year.

  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE)

 

This award is issued to 10 students either male or female, who submit their results and qualify according to the established criteria i.e. a minimum of five certificates over two consecutive examination years are required – grades 1 to 3 only, having completed both units one and two in each subject area, where required.

  • Barbados Government Scholarships and Exhibitions

 

This award is issued to members who are awarded Barbados Government Scholarships and Exhibitions in the current year, who qualify according to the established criteria. Written confirmation of the award, from the Ministry of Education must be submitted.

 

 

Scholarships

 

Ralph Boyce Scholarships

These awards are open to two (2) nationals of Barbados who have gained admission to the University of the West Indies (UWI) to read for a degree in any discipline.

 

Take note:

 

  • Members must be between the ages 16 and 25 years and pursuing first degree, first year, full-time studies at any campus of the UWI.
  • Members must be in good financial standing by maintaining a minimum of $300 in savings for at least 3 years and must show evidence of good academic performance and financial need.
  • Two Ralph Boyce Scholarships will be given in the form of an educational grant over a three or four year period. Continuation of the Scholarship shall be contingent on the candidates’ academic performance of at least GPA of 3.3 (B+ Average).
  • Each award shall be BDS$7,500.00 for studies at Cave Hill Campus or BDS$9,000.00 for studies at any other Campus of the UWI – to be paid in equal parts over a three or four year period.
  • The continuance of the awards shall be contingent on reports of good conduct and satisfactory academic progress. The awards may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Limited if the student fails to maintain the necessary standard.
  • The availability of the awards shall be suitably advertised by the University of the West Indies and the Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Limited.
  • Selection of candidates for the awards shall be based on academic merit and financial need.
  • The Campus Undergraduate Awards Committee shall submit a short-list of six (6) candidates to the Educational Scholarships and Grants Committee of the Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Limited for final selection.

 

*Applications for the Ralph Boyce Scholarship should be submitted to the UWI via this link: UWI Fees, Financial Aid and Scholarships. UWI’s application deadline is June 30 of the current academic year.

 

Presentations to persons awarded the Ralph Boyce Scholarships would be made at the UWI Cave Hill Campus’ Annual Award and Prize-Giving function. An invitation is also extended for awardees to attend our Credit Union’s Annual academic Awards Ceremony.

 

Technical, Vocational and Applied Studies Scholarships

 

  • H. Delisle Hurley Memorial Scholarship (BCC)
  • Verta Coppin Memorial Scholarship (SJPI)

 

Students of the Barbados Community College (BCC) and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute (SJPI) who are pursing any Technical/Vocational areas of study are eligible to receive Scholarships. Applicants may be pursuing full-time or part-time studies

 

These scholarships will be awarded as follows:

 

  • One 1 year Programme awarded $1,500.
  • Two 2 year Programme awarded $2,000 each
  • One 2 year Programme awarded $2,500 each

 

Applications for these Scholarships may be submitted using our online form.

 

Take note:

  • ­Include a brief personal statement regarding why the scholarship should be awarded and explaining how the local Credit Union movement may either benefit from or offer benefit to their field of study; to include the candidate’s summation justifying financial need – no more than 500 words.
  • ­An academic or professional character reference letter.
  • ­Confirmation of satisfactory enrollment will be required from each institution prior to each disbursement of scholarship funds. This correspondence must  include details of conduct and academic performance. Continuation of the scholarship shall be dependent on membership status as well as the candidates’ scholastic performance as follows:

 

  • Adherence to all aspects of the each institution’s Code of Conduct
  • Participation in any required minimum mandatory extra-curricular activities
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (BCC) and 3.0 (SJPI)
  • A minimum 80% attendance

 

  • ­Cheating and plagiarism are grounds for automatic withdrawal of the scholarship.
  • ­The Scholarship may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Limited.

 

Contact the office of the Registrar or Guidance Officer at the relevant institution for further details.

 

 

General Educational Grants

 

In order to qualify for an Educational Grant, membership is required for at least 1 year prior.

Priority consideration will be given to Certificate, Diploma or First Degree level studies. Second Degrees, Post Graduate, Masters and Professional Qualifications will not generally be supported, but may be considered in special circumstances and at the discretion of the Committee, only after all requests for assistance with undergraduate level studies are satisfied and the fund balance allows.

 

Students may be studying locally, online and overseas.

These applications are reviewed by the Educational Scholarships and Grants Committee.

 

Take note:

 

  • Members are encouraged to seek loan financing as a first option, via our BPWCCUL Student Loan Facility. Due to increasing demands on our educational grant fund, the Credit Union commits only to assisting with short-falls. Grants do not typically exceed $3000 per individual, per semester.
  • Members should not be delinquent, but be demonstrating commitment to the Credit Union by making regular contributions to their account while maintaining a minimum savings balance between $250 - $500.
  • Members must in their personal statement/letter, demonstrate that there is a definite need for financial assistance. Interviews may be conducted, where deemed necessary.
  • Only expenses due for the current semester are considered. Applicants can therefore reapply to the committee for assistance each new semester; where financial need exists.
  • Educational grants are not considered for the sitting of supplemental exams, re-sitting of failed exams, summer school courses or examinations or as refunds for expenses already incurred.
  • Amounts approved to pay tuition fees for members enrolled at the University of the West Indies - Cave Hill Campus and the Barbados Community College will be paid directly to those educational institutions on behalf of the member and not directly to the members’ credit union account.
  • Requests for assistance with expenses other than tuition fees which are to be paid directly to the educational institution, must be clearly stated and details for the purpose of the payment provided as part the supporting documentation.
  • Grants approved for members travelling to pursue studies will be paid directly to their membership account unless other requested at the time of application.  Requests for an alternate payee must form part of the supporting documentation uploaded/emailed, and must include the name of the alternate payee, their national registration number and the anticipated outcome. The Committee reserves the right not to accept such requests.
  • Members who have chosen to either defer or deregister from a course of study after a grant request is submitted are asked to immediately notify the Credit Union by email to grantsadmin@bpwccul.bb, before payment of any approved amount is transferred.

 

It should be noted that once an approved amount is paid out on behalf of a member he/she will be held accountable for its use and will be required to provide satisfactory evidence prior to the granting of any future requests for financial assistance. Failure to act in this manner could result in the denial of all future grants and a request for repayment.

 

Each request should include:

 

  • Online - Educational Grant Application Form
  • A personal statement/letter regarding why the grant should be approved i.e. an explanation of financial need.
  • Letter of Acceptance from the educational institution (for new students)
  • Current Transcript (for students already enrolled in a course of study)
  • Any other details which support the associated expenses i.e. fee schedules, booklists et cetera.

 

 

NOTE:

 

  • ­Deadlines for submission of applications will be set by Credit Union in consideration of the local semester system i.e. deadline dates are typically during the following periods each year:

 

  • First review period – July to September
  • Second review period – December to January

 

  • Members are asked to check our website and social media channels for the specific deadline dates, which will be communicated in advance.
  • Only in extenuating circumstances, will requests be considered outside of the review period.

 

  • ­We acknowledge that all courses of study do not follow the local semester system. However, all applicants are required to observe the stated deadlines.
  • ­Other special conditions will apply based established criteria.
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