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Jamaican Sports Scholarships and Grants

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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Jamaica, known for its incredible athletic prowess and vibrant sports culture, has been a breeding ground for world-class athletes in various disciplines. One of the key factors contributing to the success of Jamaican sports is the availability of scholarships and grants that support talented individuals in their pursuit of excellence.

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Sometimes, finding scholarships and grants, especially in the area of arts and sports may seem close to impossible. Companies like National Commercial Bank (NCB), Burger King offers several scholarships annually and most universities have several scholarship options. Here are some Jamaican sports scholarships.

The University of the West Indies

The Faculty of Sports at UWI offers over 2 dozen scholarships annually. Two of the most well-sought-after options are:

Mona Campus Sport Scholarship

The University of the West Indies at Mona awards qualifying athletes scholarships for tuition and/or housing as part of the Sports Unit's plan to create teams capable of excelling in both national and international contests. A meal plan is beneficial for athletes in addition to a comprehensive training schedule because it will help them better manage their nutritional needs.

Eleven football players and eight track and field athletes received the first three million dollar scholarships for the 2008โ€“2009 school year. Nine of those athletes were freshmen chosen after a stringent selection procedure that included working with coaches from several high schools. This was done to make sure that the student-athletes have both a love of athletics and academic prowess.

To receive a scholarship, the student-athlete must:

  1. Be able to meet the universityโ€™s matriculation requirements.
  2. Display good conduct and deportment, and be in good academic standing.
  3. Have demonstrated significant sporting potential or have competed in national or international competitions.
  4. Be able to meet the athletic qualification standards set by the university.

Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh Scholarship in Sport

Undergraduates enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Sport and in the second or last year of their degree program are eligible for the award. The scholarship is offered to one student each academic year and is valued at USD 3000.

The award is based on:

  1. high academic performance based on the results of the previous year's University examinations;
  2. verifiable financial need;
  3. involvement in co-curricular/community activities;
  4. leadership qualities etc.

Contact Information:

  • Sports Department of The University of the West Indies Jamaica
  • Call: 876-702-4473 | Fax: 876-702-4480
  • Email:

Jamaica Olympic Association

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) Scholarship was created to help local athletes and sports administrators who want to pursue undergraduate courses within the terms of this scholarship but lack the financial resources to do so. The scholarship is available to athletes competing in Olympic sports. Each of the four (4) candidatesโ€”two (2) men and two (2) womenโ€”will receive a total of J$500,000 every academic year, up to a maximum of three (3) years, for the chosen program.

All applicants for the JOA Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  1. Membership in an Olympic Sports Federation/Association which has been a member of
  2. the Jamaica Olympic Association for no less than twelve (12) months.
  3. Must be an active Athlete, Coach or Administrator of an Olympic Sport.
  4. Must be between ages 18 - 30 years.
  5. Must have obtained acceptance into an undergraduate programme

Contact Information

  • Address: 9 Cunningham Ave, Kingston
  • Phone: (876) 927-3017

The SFP Pocket Rocket Foundation Scholarship

The Pocket Rocket Foundation is pleased to support young athletes in their academic and extracurricular endeavours. They provide worthy students with an annual scholarship as their contribution. The organization awards scholarships to high school students (2nd to 6th form) who represent their school in any sport through donations and fundraising efforts. The scholarship is used to cover academic costs such as tuition, books, travel, and meals.

Criteria for Award of Scholarship:

  1. The student must maintain regular attendance at school.
  2. Acceptable behaviour is a must.
  3. The student must play an active role in school.
  4. The student must maintain a minimum of 60% average in 5 subjects.
  5. The student should represent the school in at least one (1) sporting activity.
  6. Required Documentation
  7. The student should submit the most recent school report/certificate along with the application. Failure to do so will result in your application being incomplete.
  8. The student must submit a passport-size colour photograph.
  9. Application for Scholarships must be submitted by August 21st.
  10. The Scholarship is available to Jamaican students only.

Contact Information

  • Address: 7-9 Ardenne Road, Unit #25
  • Phone: (876)-669-3910

Jamaican sports scholarships and grants play a vital role in shaping the future of the nation's athletic talent. These opportunities provide a pathway for young athletes to excel in their chosen sports while pursuing higher education. By offering financial assistance, mentorship, and access to top-notch training facilities, scholarships and grants empower individuals to reach their full potential.

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References & Sources For Jamaican Sports Scholarships and Grants

  1. Scholarships & Bursaries | UWI Mona Sports. (n.d.). Scholarships & Bursaries | UWI Mona Sports.
  2. Scholarships. (n.d.).
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