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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the lead-up to the April 18th launch of the OAS – Government of The Bahamas Scholarship, Ms. Kim Osborne, OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, and Dr. Jack Thomas, President of Western Illinois University, held a signing ceremony on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the OAS Administration Building in Washington, D.C., to concretize the agreement of Western Illinois University to partner with the OAS and The Bahamas to offer scholarship opportunities for Bahamians.
Representing The Bahamas, Second Secretary Mikhail Bullard thanked Western Illinois University for its willingness to partner and underscored that the trilateral cooperation the partnership demonstrated could be a model going forward for OAS Member States.
The Bahamas and the OAS will launch the first cycle of the OAS – Government of The Bahamas Scholarship next week which will offer up to 25 scholarships to Bahamians with the option to study from among nine different partner institutions. The scholarship will merge scholarship funding from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the OAS with negotiated tuition concessions from partnering institutions.
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Jack Thomas, President of Western Illinois University; Ms. Kim Osborne, OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development; and Mr. Mikhail Bullard, Second Secretary, Embassy of The Bahamas.
Sir Hilary Beckles, the Chancellor of the University of The West Indies, came to Nassau to speak on the issue of reparations for slavery at the University of The Bahamas. He is shown with Bahamas Foreign Service Officers Erica Ward, Raylene Ferguson and Deandra Cartwright. Caricom Heads of Government have appointed a Reparations Commission to seek compensation from the developed world for their support of the slave trade.