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Webinar to guide students again on the road to scholarships

The Mirrors Programme and EDcellerate announce the Finding Funds for College weekly webinar. From left are Sandra Dill, the chief executive officer of EDcellerate; Tinée Furbert, the Minister of Social Development and Seniors; and Kimberley Jackson, the Mirrors Programme's co-ordinator (Photograph supplied)

Youngsters preparing for university will receive a four-part webinar series giving them a crash course in the application process.

The Mirrors Programme, a government youth outreach programme, has once again partnered with the educational consultancy group EDcellerate for the Finding Funds for College series set to run throughout February.

Tinée Furbert, the Minister of Social Development and Seniors, said they were bringing back the series because “we want to see more students from public high schools going to college and applying for the many loans and scholarships available”.

The series first ran last year and was met with rave reviews from pupils and their parents.

It will take place every Tuesday in February and cover funding options for college and university, vocational and trade schools, internship opportunities and scholarships.

Ms Furbert said that more than $4 million worth of scholarships were awarded to youngsters each year — but many pupils did not apply for them because they were worried that they did not qualify.

She added: “Don’t let that be you.”

Ms Furbert said: “Even with the rising cost of higher education, families are making one of the best investment decisions to send their children to college.

“Finances should not be the main barrier for higher education.”

Attendees will have a chance to speak with past scholarship awardees and their families about preparing for scholarships, the interview process and how parents can be supportive throughout the process.

Scholarship awarders will also discuss what they look for in a winning application, and discuss mandatory and ideal qualities for essays and interviews.

The webinar is open to middle and high school-aged children and their parents.

It will be held over Zoom between 6pm and 7.15pm, with the first one happening on February 7.

Anyone interested in registering should e-mail mirrors@gov.bm or call 294-9291.

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Published February 01, 2023 at 7:43 am (Updated February 01, 2023 at 7:43 am)

Webinar to guide students again on the road to scholarships

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