Lyford Cay Foundation scholars, are pictured at a scholars' reception held at the Lyford Cay Club over the Christmas holiday. Photos by Bahamas Visual Services.
Bahamas — Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. and The Canadian Lyford Cay
Foundation are now accepting online applications for academic and
technical training and vocational scholarships for study at approved
institutions in the U.S., Canada, the UK and the Caribbean.
All applications must be made through the Foundations' website, www.
Applicants must be Bahamian citizens and pledge to return to The Bahamas upon completion of their studies.
General academic scholarships are available at undergraduate,
graduate and doctorate levels for study in areas considered to be
valuable to the economic needs of The Bahamas. These include
agriculture, the arts, economics, education, engineering, environmental
studies, financial services, foreign languages, health sciences,
hospitality management, pure sciences, quantity surveying, technology
Technical training and vocational scholarships are designed
for individuals who wish to earn an Associate's degree, Certification,
Specialisation or Diploma in areas where there is a shortage of
well-qualified Bahamians in the work force. The minimum course of study
is six months. Generally, the maximum length of an eligible course is
three years, but consideration will also be given to applicants pursing
specific career and occupational programmes that may extend beyond that
The approved fields of study for technical scholarships are:
agriculture and fisheries; air conditioning and refrigeration;
automotive, marine and aviation mechanics; computer service technology;
construction and related trades including electrical, carpentry,
plumbing, painting and masonry; health care technology; heavy equipment
operations; hospitality, tourism, and culinary arts, and machine shop
Specialised scholarships also offer opportunities to study
agriculture; architecture; the fine, visual and performing arts; arts
education; business and economics; general education; engineering;
marine and environmental biology; marine construction, marine design,
marine manufacturing systems and marine mechanics, as well as theology.
Most Foundation awards are worth from $7,500 – $12,500 per year.
are renewable annually, provided that a certain level of performance is
maintained. As part of the renewal process, successful applicants are
required to show proof of having contributed a minimum of 20 hours each
year to volunteer projects and / or service organisations.
The current deadline for online academic scholarship applications is
March 31, 2012. Completed applications for technical scholarships must be received online by
May 1, 2012.
non-partisan Screening Committees comprised of prominent citizens in
the fields of education, government and the private sector are
responsible for making the final selections. In addition to academic
performance, the Committee considers an applicant's financial need,
personal qualities — including his or her leadership skills and
contribution to the community — as well as the caliber and cost of the
institution he or she wishes to attend.
The Foundations also offer scholarships for study at The
College of The Bahamas. These are primarily need-based, and all
applications and screening take place through the College. For more
information please contact the COB Financial Aid office or visit www.cob.edu.bs.
The Lyford Cay Foundations have awarded more than $21 million
in scholarships to Bahamian citizens since their educational assistance
programmes were launched in 1983.
For additional information about the Foundations' educational awards, and application forms, please visit www.lyfordcayfoundation.