Posted on Friday 14th February 2014
In 2012, as Jamaica celebrated its 50th Anniversary of Independence and London hosted the 2012 Olympics, the University of Birmingham (UoB) and the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) partnered to support the training camp for the Jamaican Athletics Team.
At a dinner hosted by the University for the Jamaican 2012 Olympic Team, a charity auction raised funds towards a proposed scholarship. And now, as a part of the 2012 Olympic Legacy Programme, UoB and the JNBS have joined forces to offer the “University of Birmingham and Jamaica National Foundation Legacy Scholarship,” to further academic excellence and strengthen the bond between Birmingham and Jamaica.
This scholarship has been endorsed by the “I Believe Initiative” (IBI), launched by His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General of Jamaica. The IBI forms partnerships to promote programmes that restore hope, belief, and sound values in Jamaican families, youth and education.
The scholarship will provide a unique opportunity for an outstanding Jamaican student to be a part of a University community which offers education that is academically challenging; and, above all, transformative. Should the awardee demonstrate outstanding ability in a particular sport, special assistance may also be provided for athletic development and training.
Professor Edward Peck, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Social Sciences commented:
There is much talk of the legacy of the London Olympics but this scholarship being offered by the Jamaica National Building Society and the University of Birmingham is evidence of the partnerships that have been deepened by this unforgettable sporting event.
The scholarship provides a unique opportunity for an outstanding Jamaican student to study a Master’s programme within our Business School and is another step in strengthening the bonds of friendship between Jamaica and the City and University of Birmingham".
Find out more about the University of Birmingham and Jamaica National Foundation Legacy Scholarship.