The Butterfield Group:Post-Graduate Scholarship Programme – $25,000 USD

The Butterfield Group is offering a Postgraduate Environmental Studies Scholarship to a deserving student from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands or The Bahamas .

The Butterfield group is a community bank and provider of financial services. Find out more about the Butterfield Group  here

DEADLINE : MARCH 30, 2018

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Andy, who is from Nassau, studied at the University of New Brunswick, received a scholarship and got work experience as he studied. Find out more about how he did it.

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CS2AC Episode 4: A Bahamian Graduate with a Degree in Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University Explains How Embracing Change and New Experiences While Studying Led to Great Opportunities After Graduation

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CS2AC Episode 4: A Bahamian Graduate with a Degree in Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University Explains How Embracing Change and New Experiences While Studying Led to Great Opportunities After Graduation

On this session of  the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast we talk with Kenya Dames, a recent graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She pursued a Public Relations degree with a minor in Marketing.  

Kenya, who is from Grand Bahama, Bahamas, graduated from Grand Bahama Catholic High School  and headed to university after graduating. Kenya delves into the details of her degree, apartment set up and job advice . She also talks about how her co-op work experience through MSVU led to a full-time position with the Canadian government after graduation.

“...Me even being here was a sacrifice , and I refused to allow myself to be miserable for four years, getting a degree in something that I wasn’t passionate about…”

In this session you will learn:

  • What it was like for Kenya to switch universities
  • Why she chose an apartment off campus instead of on-campus accommodations
  • How she utilized Kijiji and Bed Bug registries when hunting for a new spot
  • How the MSVU International Office made a huge first impression on her 
  • About how she received $2,500/ semester from the MSVU bursaries program
  • Why she chose to work while being a student and her job-hunting tips
  • The importance of honing your people skills
  • How volunteering can be a great resume builder for international students
  • How MSVU walks students through the co-op process ( A Co-op work term combines what was learned in the classroom with job experience prior to completing one’s degree. )
  • Snow management tips for international student *Hint: Say No To Sheepskin Ugg Boots!*

A CAREER IN PUBLIC RELATIONS

  • Public Relations (PR) is about managing reputation
  • It refers to the relationship between a company and the public
  • See Details about MSVU’s Bachelor of Public Relations Degree here 

About the City

About Halifax:  As a Caribbean student in Halifax, you will not be disappointed while taking a break from the books!  The Halifax waterfront boardwalk is found alongside the world’s second largest ice-free harbour. There are also lots of restaurants, cafes and galleries for you to check out. Read more about Halifax (here).

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CS2AC Episode 3: Second-Year Software Engineering Student Describes Her Journey from the Corridors of Immaculate Conception High School in Jamaica to the Halls of the University of New Brunswick

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CS2AC Episode 3: Second-Year Software Engineering Student Describes Her Journey from the Corridors of Immaculate Conception High School in Jamaica to the Halls of the University of New Brunswick

On this session of  the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast we talk with Raven-Lee Mills, a second-year Software Engineering student at the University of New BrunswickThis is a great interview because Raven does a great job of breaking down the details of her paperwork, engineering program and co-op. 

In this session you will learn:

  • How Raven learned about UNB and why she chose engineering as a career
  • What she needed to get accepted into UNB from high school in Jamaica
  • The documents she needed to submit in order to receive her study permit
  • The things she needed to do in order to work while she studied
  • What is a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and why an international student needs one
  • How she set up her bank account
  • How to obtain Proof of Address if you are an international student interested in renting
  • What on-campus jobs Raven had
  • How UNB helps students get set up to work outside of the classroom
  • Her first co-op work position and the value it provides her as an international students(A co-op work experience combines what was learned in the classroom with job experience prior to completing one’s degree. )
  • Her tips for combating the snow

JUMPSTART !

Things you can do now for classroom and career

Learn coding with Codeacademy

Store your projects on  Github

About the City

About Fredericton:  As a Caribbean student in Fredericton, you will not be disappointed while taking a break from the books!  Located along the Saint John river, there are lots of walking/ bike trails and museums. The small town atmosphere makes all feel welcomed. It is not uncommon for students to switch up the scene and hold meetings or study sessions in one of the many coffee shops around town. 

Resources

UNB Software Engineering Program

UNB Engineering Co-op Education Program

Applying for a Social Insurance Number

Find A Service Canada Near You

 See Winter Gear here and here

Stores around Fredericton that may be useful: Walmart, Best Buy, Sobeys, Superstore

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St. Thomas University : President’s International Scholarship

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Value: Varies up to a Maximum of Full Tuition and Differential Fees and Renewable for 3 additional years.

St. Thomas University (STU)

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

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Who's Eligible

Student accepted to St. Thomas University  

Awarded annually to top-ranking international students entering first year.

Academic excellence is the sole selection criterion.

To be eligible for the renewable portion of the award, students must achieve a minimum annual average of 3.5 on a minimum of 30 credit hours.

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Acadia University Scholarship : Scotiabank Studentships

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Up To $8,750 CAD

Acadia University

Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Student accepted to Acadia University 

Awarded to five (5) entering full-time undergraduate students in recognition of exceptionality. Demonstrating achievement academically and socially, through community service, student leadership, athletic and/or artistic activities, the recipients also persevere through adversity. 

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About this Award:

Scotiabank Studentships:

This award started in Sept 2015 after a $175,000 donation from Scotiabank. 

The Scotiabank Studentships are awarded on a renewable basis to five entering full-time undergraduate students in recognition of exceptionality. Demonstrating achievement academically and socially, through community service, student leadership, athletic and/or artistic activities, the recipients also persevere through adversity.

 The studentships are available to both domestic and international students and are each valued at $8,750 annually for four years.

Candidates will be identified and winners selected through the University’s existing new-student registration process.

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Saint Marys University : Presidential/Presidential International Baccalaureate/Santamarian Scholarships

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The Presidential Scholarship and the Presidential International Baccalaureate Scholarship are valued at $9000 per year and are tenable over four years for a total of $36,000 (CAD).

The Santamarian scholarship is valued at $5000 (CAD) per annum and is tenable over four years for a total of $20,000 (CAD).

Deadline: MARCH 1

Who's Eligible

  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s University
  • Domestic and international high school students with an admissions average of 95% or higher, or an IB result of 36+

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Application:

  • ‌PIBS Scholarship Application
  • 750-word essay based on your community involvement, contribution to school life and plans for the future
  • A resume which should comment on such things as involvement in community service, participation in student government, athletic achievement, extra curricular activities and volunteer and /or paid work.
  • Letter of recommendation from high school Principal, Guidance Counsellor or Teacher

Listen to what it was like for this Bahamian Student to live and study in Canada.

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Decisions : If you are awarded one of these scholarships we will inform you of the amount and other considerations.

Renewal: In your first year a grade point average of 3.67 in a minimum of 24 credit hours between September and April is required for renewal of the scholarship.

In your second and third year a grade point average of 3.67 in 30 credit hours is required between May and April for renewal.

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UPEI Scholarship: International Entrance Award

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Up $2,000 CAD

University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) 

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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Who's Eligible

Student accepted to University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) 

A student who graduated in the top 10% of their graduating class

A student entering first year of study in Canada

About this Award:

International Entrance Award

Maximum Amount: Up to $2000

A non-renewable entrance award up to the value of $2000. for a student who graduated in the top 10% of their graduating class and entering first year of study in Canada.

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Antigua & Barbuda : Halo Hero Scholarship

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Value of Awards

Three scholarships to be awarded each year:

  • One award:  $30,000 per year (CAD) – to a maximum of $120,000 CAD over 4 years.
  • Two awards: $17,000 per year (CAD) – to a maximum of $68,000 CAD over 4 years

Awarded by Henley & Partners (managed by The Halo Foundation,Inc.)

Scholarship is only tenable at St. Mary’s University Halifax

Deadline:  APRIL 1

Who's Eligible

  • Must be a national of Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Students must meet Saint Mary’s University admission criteria by program
  • Any person in their final year of secondary school. (Fifth form)
  • Any person attending a tertiary institution. (Antigua State College/ABIIT etc.)
  • Should be 16-25 years at the time of application.

  • Can be identified as deserving of recognition in the area of humanitarian efforts, specifically with respect to acts of bravery and kindness.

  • Any person who has graduated from a secondary or tertiary institution within the past eight years.  

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Application Process

Each student must complete this application form and submit the following documents:

  • A passport sized photo.

  • Certified copy of valid passport.

  • Certified copy of birth certificate.

  • Certified copy of all academic certificates. (CSEC, CAPE, IB Diploma etc.)

  • Recent academic transcripts.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from three (3) separate sources, not including relatives, to verify their involvement in humanitarian efforts, or exceptional acts of bravery or kindness. Letters can be submitted by teachers, friends, religious leaders or employers.

Educational Requirements

All persons applying for this scholarship must have the below mentioned educational qualifications:

  • Minimum of six (6) CXC subjects with grades 1 and 2

  • IB program: Minimum IB diploma score of 24 with grades of 3 and above in prerequisite subjects.

  • Minimum of three (3) CAPE subjects with grades 1, 2, or 3.

Listen to what it was like for this Bahamian Student to live and study in Canada.

Andy, who is from Nassau, studied at the University of New Brunswick, received a scholarship and got work experience as he studied. Find out more about how he did it.

Find Updated Scholarship Application at Halo Foundation’s Website

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5 Places to Source Caribbean Foods in Atlantic Canada

Leaving home to advance your education is an exciting experience. You’re in a new place, making new friends and learning new things. 

But, whether you’re on a meal plan or not, there will come a point where you want a taste of your dad’s macaroni pie or grammy’s chicken souse. If your supply of home grown snacks has  depleted, you may have to venture out into the snow to restock. 

Where do you go? Where do you start? Don’t worry, we have made a list of all the places in Atlantic Canada  that we frequent when it’s time to cook or buy some good Caribbean food. 

1. Mom and Pop Grocery Stores

These single-location stores are not very big, but can carry niche items that can be purchased in a small quantities. This is perfect for the college budget. Places like Victory Meat Mart in Fredericton, New Brunswick come to mind . The store  has been known to carry scotch bonnet peppers, Halal foods, salt fish and oxtail (on occasion).  

2. Supermarket Chains

When schooling in Atlantic Canada, you will most likely become familiar with two chains: Atlantic Superstore and Sobeys. Sprinkled throughout  New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, their international food isles are known to stock  Matouk’s and Grace Products. If you are known to ‘chef-it-up’, this can be a great place to source plantains, yams and canned ackee.

Doubles , flickr

3. Bulkbarn

Need a king’s ransom in yellow cornmeal because you’re in charge of making the pastelles for the Caribbean association this year ? Well bulk barn may be your place.  Bulk Barn is great because it allows you to purchase as much or as little of an item as you need.

Note: We have yet to find a source for fig leaves ! 

4. Farmers Market or Cultural Market

If you have ever been to a farmers market , you know that there are always tasty international treats to sample.  If you cross your fingers, you may find a fellow islander selling some authentic Jamaican or Trinidadian food. 

Jerk Chicken, flickr

5. Restaurants

Well if you’re not set up for cooking or perusing the farmers market, Atlantic Canada has its share of Caribbean restaurants that will hopefully quench your craving. From ‘A Taste of Jamaica’ located in Newfoundland to ‘Caribbean Bliss’ in Nova Scotia, a restaurant outing with friends is a great treat after you  finish an exam.

Jamaican Breakfast, flickr

We hope this helps. Happy eating !

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International Student Scholarship in Education: University of PEI – Joyce M. Hooper (Andrew) Scholarship

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Up $3,000 CAD

Deadline: April 15

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University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) 

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada 

Awarded to two students entering the Bachelor of Education program at UPEI.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Demonstrate academic achievement
  • Are international students
  • Are members of minority groups or who plan to teach in an area facing a teaching shortage
  • Community involvement will be a consideration.

About this Award:

These annual scholarships are established at the University of Prince Edward Island in honour and memory of Joyce M. (Hooper) Andrew, by her son Bill Andrew and his wife, Denise. Joyce Andrew and her husband Erwin resided in Milton, PEI. They had three sons: Bill, Brian, and Rollin. Her hobbies included knitting, quilting, cooking, reading, playing bridge, skating, and snowshoeing. Mrs. Andrew was a teacher. She was the chairwoman of the Provincial Exhibition Committee for the Prince Edward Island Women’s Institute. In 1948, as the wife of an R.C.A.F. serviceman, the family moved from the Island to Europe. Several family moves occurred throughout Mr. Andrew’s career. Following her husband’s retirement in 1967, the Andrew family returned to Prince Edward Island where they took up residence in South Milton. Apart from her Women’s Institute involvement, Joyce was active in church work. She was the Vice President and Secretary of Education of the Milton ACW and member of the PEI Board of Anglican Church women. For many years she was a Sunday School Teacher. To quote Mrs. Andrew “Being involved in volunteer work one becomes more aware of the needs and concern of not only one’s community, but the universal community. Action should follow awareness.”

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