Effective immediately, H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) graduates pursuing select degrees are guaranteed acceptance into the Unites States-based Johnson & Wales University (JWU) through a programme entitled Guarantee Admission.
This programme is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between HLSCC and JWU which was signed on Tuesday, November 5.
The agreement guarantees admission to graduates of HLSCC who intend to transfer to JWU to complete a bachelors in Business Studies, Liberal Studies or Culinary Arts.
Interim Acting President of HLSCC, Dr Richard Georges told BVI News on Thursday, November 7 that students will have two options under the programme.
“There’s a Guarantee Admission Programme which doesn’t necessarily look at what individual classes you may have taken at the college. It admits you straight as a junior in one of the three programmes. If you want to do a course outside of those three programmes then they’ll look at the individual courses and transfer course by course,” Dr Georges explained.
“Students no longer have to be wondering if they are going to get in as a transfer student applying to Johnson and Wales. Once they have an HLSCC diploma, Johnson & Wales is saying they will take you,” the educator added.
“The guarantee admission applies immediately so anybody who wants to go to Johnson & Wales … even if they graduated in the past, if they want to go in August which is next academic year, they can go under the programme,” Dr Georges further told BVI News.
Scholarship for students with GPA of 2.5 and above
Dr Georges also said that students who graduate with their grade point average (GPA) at 2.5 and over will automatically benefit from a scholarship from JWU.
“Based on your GPA, there is a sliding scale of scholarships, separate and distinct from scholarships from the ministry and that is capped at $7,500 a year,” he said adding that these scholarships are for the start of 2020 academic year.
Interest now building among students
The Acting President also said there already is a great interest from students in the university, which he says is one of the premier institutions in the world in the hospitality and business field.
“Students who are going into the field quite possibly would have been looking at that school as one of their niche schools and their barrier may have been the cost because they have about four campuses and the campus in Miami would be popular for the BVI students,” Dr Georges added.
Johnson and Wales also signed an MOU with the Ministry of Education, which speaks to ways the two entities can fund HLSCC graduates who qualify for scholarships at the American university.
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