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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Pursuing a career in medicine is a noble aspiration that requires dedication, skill, and years of education. For many individuals, however, the financial burden of medical school can be a major obstacle. Fortunately, scholarships provide a pathway to overcome this challenge and make quality medical education accessible to deserving students. 

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In Jamaica, we have a range of medical scholarships that are available to help talented individuals achieve their dream of becoming medical professionals. Lets explore some of the prominent medical scholarships in Jamaica.

1. National Health Fund (NHF) EduCare Grant Programme:

Aspiring healthcare professionals struggling financially to finish their program of study can apply for assistance from the National Health Fund (NHF) EduCare Grant Program. Students enrolled full-time at recognized universities are eligible to apply. To qualify, these individuals must have finished their second academic year in a discipline connected to healthcare. If a student is offered and accepts the National Health Fund Educare grant, the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service's (MoFPS) bonding requirements must be satisfied before the money can be disbursed. The MoFPS website provides details on bonding requirements.

2. Caribbean School of Medical Sciences, Jamaica:

The CSMSJ work along side the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information (MOEYI) to provide a scholarship for needy and worthy students. Successful applicants will however be bonded to a 5 year contract requiring them to work in Jamaica. Furthermore, the Award's continuation is dependent on the selected candidates' continued acceptable performance and maintenance of a 3.0 GPA or "B" average. The annual application deadline is June 30th.

3. Bustamante Foundation Scholarship:

The "$300,000.00" scholarship opportunity is designed with a maximum tenure of four years, aligning with the duration of the respective course. This award is exclusively available to Jamaican Nationals who meet specific criteria: they should be under 25 years of age and enrolled as full-time undergraduate students within the Faculty of Medical Sciences, pursuing studies in Dentistry at the University of the West Indies.

The selection process for this scholarship hinges on several key factors, including academic performance determined by the results of the previous year's university examinations, requiring a minimum GPA of 3.0. Verifiable financial needs, active engagement in co-curricular activities, and a demonstrated embodiment of leadership qualities, volunteerism, and social commitment are also instrumental in determining the recipients of this prestigious award.

4. IGL Legacy Scholarship For Nursing:

This scholarship offers J$100,000.00 and can be retained for a maximum period of two years. It is open to Jamaican Nationals who fulfil specific requirements; candidates should be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program at a School of Nursing and must have completed at least one academic year of full-time study, intending to continue in the degree program. Selection for this scholarship is based on a combination of factors including a robust academic record at the university level, necessitating a minimum GPA of 3.0. Additionally, verifiable financial needs and a demonstrable engagement in co-curricular and volunteer pursuits are also taken into consideration when determining the recipients of this award.

5. University Scholarships and Grants:

Apart from external organizations and foundations, many universities in Jamaica also offer scholarships and grants specifically tailored for medical students. Institutions like the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) provide financial assistance to students enrolled in medical programs. These scholarships may cover tuition fees, accommodation costs, and research-related expenses. Prospective medical students should explore the scholarship options available at their chosen institutions to maximize their chances of securing financial support. Some of the available scholarships include:

  • CB/UWI 5K Scholarship
  • Danielle Hanson Memorial Bursary
  • Dennis Cohen Scholarship
  • Medical Class of 1973 Bursary
  • Medical Technologies Scholarship
  • Kingston School of Nursing
  • Linval & Menervah Taylor
  • Indies Pharma Jamaica Limited Pharmaceutical
  • Lions Club of St. Andrew (Waldron Brown Memorial) 

Aspiring medical professionals in Jamaica have access to a range of scholarships that alleviate the financial burden of pursuing a medical degree. These scholarships are designed to recognize academic excellence, leadership potential, and a commitment to serving the healthcare needs of Jamaica's communities. By availing themselves of these opportunities, students can focus on their studies and training without being hindered by financial constraints. Aspiring medical students are encouraged to thoroughly research and apply for the available scholarships, as they represent a crucial stepping stone toward a successful and fulfilling medical career.

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References & Sources For Medical Scholarships in Jamaica

  1. Scholarship by Subject Area โ€” UTech, Ja. (n.d.). Scholarship by Subject Area โ€” UTech, Ja.
  2. Scholarships & Bursaries | Office of Student Financing. (n.d.). Scholarships & Bursaries | Office of Student Financing.
  3. Francis, K. (n.d.). EduCare Grant - The National Health Fund. EduCare Grant - the National Health Fund.
  4. TUITION & SCHOLARSHIP - CSMSJ. (2023, January 19). CSMSJ.
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