The Board of Education, according to the Board of Education Act 1994, is responsible for the funding of scholarships, awards and bursaries within the nation of Antigua and Barbuda. In that regard, the Board has funded a total of two thousand, five hundred, thirty-five (2535) scholarships to date (1995 - 2011). Deserving nationals and citizens are considered based on the list of priority areas - national needs. The scholarships are normally valued at a maximum of thirteen thousand, five hundred dollars (EC$13,500.00), are competitive (criteria) based and the deadline for applications is 30th April each year. Further information can be obtained from the Scholarship Information Brochure and Scholarship Statistics.
The National Scholarship Committee - the body that makes decisions with regards to who is approved and denied scholarships - meets generally in the months of May and June each year. Accordingly, decisions are issued during the middle and end of July each year. The Committee has partnered with different institutions to increase scholarship offerings and opportunities for applicants. This year, like last year, the NSC has partnered with Monroe College to offer the Monroe College Tuition Waiver. The scholarship is fifty (50%) of tuition and all nationals and citizens who are accepted into Monroe College to pursue Associates, Bachelor's or Master's Degrees are eligible for consideration. Approximately 30 scholarships are available through this programme with two (2) full tuition scholarships included.
As part of the NSC's and Board of Education's policy to support excellence, scholarships are continued based on performance. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to facilitate continued funding. In addition, recipients are bonded to return to the country to work in either the private or public sector for a period of three (3) years. Failing to do so will incur penalty of nine (9%) percent interest on all funds issued to you or on your behalf. Further information on this and other policies can be obtained from the Rules and Regulations Governing Scholarships.