OAS Scholarship Selection Now More Stringent for Applicants

This disclosure was made by the residing Organization of American States (OAS) representative to St. Kitts and Nevis, Starrett Green, in an interview with MiyVue.com.

It was revealed by Mr. Green that OAS receives from the St. Kitts and Nevis 30 to 40 applications with most of them being at the graduate level.  “Unfortunately though this year we are only going to be taking 11 final applications, eight of which are graduates and three under-graduates,” the OAS representative explained.

According to Green, it is expected that there may be a fall in resources for the 2012-2013 academic year budget which has caused the reduction in the amount of selected applicants.

“Formerly we would have taken 15 but this year we have been forced to cut the numbers and I think this might be related to the financial situation within the department of Human Development Education and Culture.” That is the department that handles the scholarship for the OAS.

Green also told MiyVue.com that he is concerned about the impact that the new changes may have on the Federation’s applicants.

“It’s a very stiff competition because the final eleven for the 2012-2013 academic year will have to be the very best of the 30-35 applicants. That means if you take 11 out of 30, you’re left with 19 that didn’t get selected. It is very difficult and I am very concerned about that, in the sense that many people become discouraged because they applied but may not be selected.

“It’s not that they didn’t get through but the process has become very stringent and we are choosing the best available applications that meet the standards and requirements without question,” he further stated.

Monday 28th February was the deadline for citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis to submit their completed applications for the OAS Scholarships at the undergraduate and graduate levels in respect of the 2012/2013 academic year.

According to a release from the OAS, academic scholarships are awarded to persons to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree) and/or graduate research that lead to a degree at a university or higher learning institution in an OAS Member State, with the exception of his/her own sponsoring country. Studies must be carried out on a full-time basis, and may be pursued by on-site or by distance education or a combination of both.

The scholarship is awarded for a period of no more than 2 academic years, and the renewal for the second academic year is subject o the availability of funds and granted only to continue the same program of study for which the scholarship was initially awarded.

The total financial award from the OAS may not exceed US$30,000.00 per academic year which includes tuition, other scholarship benefits and administrative costs.

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