On Thursday, April 7, the US Embassy in Bridgetown donated scholarships, study and exam preparation materials to the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI). US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Larry Socha and SJPI Director Mr Ian Drakes participated in the exchange. The resources are an important complement to the SJPI Media Resource Center, which serves as one of Barbados’ three SAT testing centers.
The books and materials were curated by the US Embassy’s EducationUSA program, which advances US higher education to students around the world by providing accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date information about study opportunities at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. Materials donated provide assistance with college application writing, SAT preparation, athletic recruitment and scholarships, students with disabilities and learning disabilities, and overviews of colleges and universities in the United States.
“More than 300 Barbadian students study at US colleges and universities each year, many of them through scholarship offers,” said PAO Larry Socha. “Through this donation, we hope to connect even more students to academic opportunities in the United States.”
Rector Drakes stated, “This donation and the new relationship established between the US Embassy and SJPI will prove extremely lucrative. While we in Barbados are urging that TVET be considered as an option when students reach the stage where they must choose an educational and/or career path, we are grateful to the Embassy for bringing the US to a viable option and also provides students with the resources to have a chance to achieve their goals along the way. This donation will go a long way in ensuring that our students from Barbados have the same opportunities as others around the world.”
Barbados hosts EducationUSA Advisory Centers at the Barbados Community College and at the US Embassy Information Resource Center in Bridgetown.