Guidelines on how to enter
The Summer Of Service (SOS) Competition is an IBI Project under the Pillar of Education. Its main objective is to increase volunteerism among the Jamaican youth. Competitors, based on their reported performance and experience have the opportunity of being rewarded with a scholarship to pursue undergraduate studies. There are also Book Grants to be won!
INTERESTED? Let’s get started!
- 1. Are you eligible to enter? Read the ‘Rules of the Competition’ to be certain you qualify.
- 2. Identify an organization where you can give service to a worthy cause. Seek permission from the authority to provide voluntary service over the specified 8-week period of the competition.
- Complete the SOS Registration form. A scanned copy may be emailed to email@example.com up to midnight, Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
- Along with the completed registration form, the following must be submitted:
- University’s Acceptance Letter
- TRN – to be indicated on registration form
- One (1) Colour Passport size photograph (JPEG Format) – to be emailed
- Transcript (showing most recent courses completed) – B+ Average or minimum 3.0 GPA
- Character Reference Letter (must NOT be from a relative)
- External Examinations (Ie. CSEC and CAPE) – minimum Grade 2 or minimum B respectively to be eligible.)
- Alternatively, registrants may submit printed documents (per the items number 3 and 4 above) to King’s House no later than Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 3:00 pm.
ADDRESS ENVELOPE TO:
The Project Officer, GGPE
IBI’s Summer Of Service Competition
Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence
Scholarships & Book Grants
Scholarships are awarded to participants with the highest scores. There are also Book Grants to be won!
SPECIAL NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE SPONSORS:
The I Believe Initiative continues to invite more sponsors onboard. This way, more SOS Volunteers can be rewarded!
Contact the Secretariat at (876) 927-6424 / 5 or (876) 550-4534 to participate in giving the gift of ‘Tertiary Education’
Rules of the Competition
Complete 128 community service hours over 8 weeks in the Summer!
- Participants must be Jamaican citizens.
- Persons who are already registered at a tertiary institution on a scholarship are not eligible.
- Participants must be matriculating to, or be a first year student at a named university to complete a Bachelor degree. (1st Year Registrants transferring from one programme of study to another MUST advise the Secretariat in writing.)
- The SOS Registration Form MUST be approved in writing BEFORE a candidate can start his / her project.
- Participants must advise the I Believe Initiative Secretariat of their selected project during the period May 3 – May 30, 2018.
(Any amendment/s to the project must be confirmed by May 30, 2018. The project may be with an established charitable organization, or alternatively, participants may create a project of their own, for which approval must be obtained from the IBI Secretariat at King’s House no later than May 30, 2018.)
- Deadline for entries: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 12:00 midnight (online registration). Alternatively, the registration form with attachments may be submitted to King’s House by hand no later than 3:00 pm on the same date addressed to: The Project Officer – Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence.
- Participants should engage in their project for a minimum four (4) days per week and four (4) hours per day.
- Participants must report regularly to their Supervisor. Communication streams should be determined between participants and their designated Supervisor.
- Any difficulties which emerge during the implementation of the project must be brought to the Supervisor’s attention immediately.
- Participants must sign a register / log sheet at the end of each day of service which documents the number of hours given to their project. Supervisors must approve and sign each entry. (A log sheet is provided by the Secretariat for the start of the 8 weeks of service.)
- Participants must keep a diary written or electronic on the project. The diary should detail achievements, difficulties experienced and how they were resolved. The Supervisor should check the diary on a fortnightly basis
- Each participant must submit a final report to King’s House no later than Wednesday, August 8, 2018. This report should include photographic or videotaped proof of participant’s involvement before, during and after the project. [NB: It is highly recommended that the competitor captures ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of their projects. All items that form the submission must be appropriately labelled with name and a reference number.]
- The Supervisor’s report must be submitted separately to the Project Officer for the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence by August 8, 2018
- External Supervisors assigned by the IBI Secretariat will visit locations periodically to check on the progress of the Participant’s project.
- Reports including pictures, videos, etcetera, become the property of King’s House and may be used in future promotions.
You may wish to speak to a representative.
For inquiries you may call or write to the following persons:
|Ms. Tricia Grier, JP
Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence
Phone: (876) 927-6424 or 5