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Scholarship Criteria

Application for a CGTSF opens January 31st and must be submitted to the Foundation via its website by 11:59 pm EST on April 30th of the specified academic year. The scholarships are governed by the following criteria.

For each Category
● Maintaining 85 percent or higher. All end of terms, end-of-year, and final exam - grades  
must maintain throughout.
● A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or school counselor
● Applicants must adhere to the attendance policy of the institution attended. Where there is no such policy, proof of at least 85% attendance will be required.

Criteria for Scholarships for Primary Students
● Achieve 85 percent or higher on the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) Examination.
● Show financial need
● Participate in at least one extracurricular activity during the current and subsequent academic year
● Write an essay (400- 500 words) under the theme 'Education Matters’

Where there is a tie, the award will be shared among the awardees

Criteria for Scholarships for High School Students
● Achieve and maintain an average score of 85% or higher on the last end-of-year report and subsequent reports prior to applying for a CGTSF Scholarship.
● Show financial need.
● Write an essay (500- 600 words), the topics are listed below.
● Be a member of a club or a society
● Completion of 40 volunteer hours, during the academic year of the scholarship award, within the school/residential community (revised to 20 hours for 2020-21 school year). 

Where there is a tie, the award will be shared among the awardees

Criteria for Scholarship for Tertiary Students
● Academic achievement of 3.0 GPA or higher at the end of the previous calendar year and semester
● Show financial need
● Write an essay (500-1000 words), the topics are listed below.
● Be recommended by an academic advisor or professor
● Be a member of a service/volunteer organization/club;

● Successful awardees are required to complete 72 volunteer hours, during the academic year of the scholarship award, within the school/a community.


Eligibility Criteria for Scholarship

To be eligible to apply for an academic scholarship, the following criteria must be met:

1. All applicants must submit a completed application form through the online application
portal, inclusive of the following documents:

● Short essay
● Proof of membership in a club or society, signed by club coordinator or principal. (waived for 2023-24 school year).

Selection and Award Guidelines
● All completed applications accompanied by all required supporting documents will be reviewed by the scholarship committee to ensure that every qualified applicant receives full consideration.
● Applicants will be scored using a rubric established by the scholarship committee
● Shortlisted students and parent/guardian, where applicable, will be interviewed by a panel.
● Successful applicants will be notified by CGTSF by June 30th each year for Primary recipient (s); and by August 31st of the same year following the application deadline and the selection process.
● Bursaries will be presented at the official scholarship ceremony, no later than 1 month after all recipients are notified.
● All academic scholarships shall be awarded and used in the same academic year.
● A one-time disbursement of funds will be made during the academic year.  The academic year for which the scholarship is provided will be identified in the award.
● All applicants must reapply each year and meet the criteria in order to be considered for a first or subsequent scholarship disbursement.
● All decisions by the Scholarship Committee are final.



Essay Topics 
All new applicants MUST select Prompt 1.

Returning high school applicants MUST select from Prompt 4 through Prompt 6.

Returning tertiary applicants MUST select from Prompt 5 through Prompt 6.

Prompt 1 - Education matters, explain how obtaining an education will improve your future/professional life.

Prompt 2 - Nelson Mandela stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” an education citizen, describe a change you can make to make the world a better place. Tell us about how you would plan to make that change, and what obstacles you might encounter along the way.

Prompt 3 - How does your experience volunteering and participating in community service has shaped your perspective on humanity. Elaborate on how these experiences have influenced your future ambitions and career choice.

 Prompt 4-  As the country and individual communities struggles during the pandemic, describe from a financial standpoint, what impact could this scholarship have on your education?


Prompt 5- Living with Covid 19 for the past two years have been challenging. Despite the challenges faced, recall, and describe something you have done in the past year that has made a difference in your school and wider community.


Prompt 6- Write a short autobiography including information about your family, community involvement, volunteerism, hobbies, spare time activities, and what you hope to do in the future. Please include a personal statement describing your accomplishments and goals to this point of your academic pursuit

Notice of Academic Scholarship Award
● Initial notice to scholarship recipient will be sent via email or to the address provided on the application.

● Once an applicant is notified that he/she has been selected to receive a scholarship, the applicant must formally “accept” the offer via email or in writing to the foundation via
● Final notice of awarded scholarships will be sent to each recipient via email, after verification is complete.
● The scholarship payment will be made by check to the recipient’s school.

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