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NHF opens its EduCare Grant for a fourth cycle

The National Health Fund opened its EduCare Grant Programme for the 2023/2024 period, on June 21, 2023.

The NHF EduCare Grant, launched in 2020, exists to provide financial assistance to aspiring health professionals currently faced with monetary challenges in completing their course of study. This so that students are able to matriculate and contribute significantly to the delivery of healthcare in Jamaica. 

Students pursuing healthcare degrees from accredited institutions are being invited to apply for a measure of $15 million allocated each year for the grant programme. The NHF would like to highlight that the programme is not only for students studying traditional medical-related courses. 

“Over the period we’ve seen that the majority of the applications submitted are from students in Medicine, Nursing or Pharmacy. We want to emphasize, however, that students pursuing fields such as podiatry, public health, physiotherapy, radiology, dentistry to name a few can also benefit, provided the other criteria are met. All these professions as a collective contribute to an efficient healthcare system. Therefore, if there is a true financial need we are inviting them to seize this opportunity,” Director of Health Promotion, Public Relations and Customer Care, Shermaine Robotham.

Interested applicants must:

  • be Jamaican nationals
  • be enrolled full-time in an accredited tertiary institution
  • have a GPA of 3.0 and above
  • be able to prove financial need

“The unfortunate reality is that there are students who face financial roadblocks in their pursuit of higher education. Three years ago, we decided as an agency to put a structured programme in place and we are pleased to know that since then we have been able to assist approximately 110 students with some $43 million towards their studies. It is our hope that they will transition to play their roles in delivering quality healthcare in Jamaica,” Chief Executive Officer – NHF, Everton Anderson.

Successful applicants receiving over JMD $300,000 will be required to enter a bonding agreement for a period to be determined by the Ministry of Finance and Public Service (MoFPS).

For more information, prospective grantees may visit the NHF’s website at www.nhf.org.jm/educare, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 876-906-1106. 

 

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