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The Social Security Board (SSB) is committed and dedicated in its vision of giving back to the Belizean community, thus, several goodwill programs are offered by the Board under the Corporate Social Responsibility portfolio. The Social Security Scholarship Program is a pledge by the organization to continuously contribute to the development of education in Belize.

Our program exists to offer opportunities to individuals on a mission of expanding their life options through pursuing and fulfilling their educational goals. It is in giving back to the community in areas exhibiting great need that the Social Security Board continues to improve the lives of its beneficiaries and by extension, the Belizean community.

Since its inception in 2001, over 700 students have successfully completed our scholarship program and are now the proud recipients of a diploma, a degree or vocational technical skills acquired from the various educational institutions.

In 2018, the Board will distribute a total of 52 scholarships as follows:

  • 30 High School
  • 4 Vocational Technical
  • 16 Sixth Form
  • 2 Bachelor’s

 

This year, the scholarship application process has been enhanced; it has been automated. Applicants are to submit their scholarship application with the required documents online via our website.

All applicants MUST be:

  • Born Belizean
  • Accepted to an educational institution in Belize
  • Demonstrate academic potential
  • Exhibit financial need

 

These scholarships are awarded based on:

  • Financial need (parents` combined income of $25,000.00 or less)
  • Academic performance (overall average of 85%, B+, or 3.0 GPA )
  • Active and mature participation in the interview process
  • Content and clarity of expression in the written composition

High School

High School scholarships are awarded to both first time and existing high school students. The scholarship awards a maximum of $1,200.00 per year for four- years allowing students the opportunity to attend the secondary school of their choice.

All High School applicants are required to submit an application online, along with the following required documents:

  1. A copy of your valid Social Security Card
  2. High School acceptance letter
  3. A copy of your parents` or guardians` statement of income:
    1. 2017 TD4 (available at any Income Tax Department, country wide) or;
    2. Employment letter from current employer or;
    3. Declaration of income if self-employed.
  4. A letter of recommendation from your teacher and/or principal
  5. Copies of your Standard 4, 5 and 6 report cards
  6. A letter to the Social Security Board entitled “Why I deserve this Scholarship” (explain in no more than 250 words)
  7. For existing High School students only– A copy of your high school transcript

Vocational Technical

In 2009, a new Vocational and Technical scholarship program was added. To date, over 20 scholarships have been awarded to young Belizeans countrywide. These scholarships are tenable for one (1) year at a cost of $1,200.00 allowing students the opportunity to attend a vocational technical school of their choice.

All Vocational Technical applicants are required to submit an application online, along with the following required documents:

  1. A copy of your valid Social Security Card
  2. Vo-Tech acceptance letter
  3. A copy of your parents` or guardians` statement of income:
    1. 2017 TD4 (available at any Income Tax Department, country wide) or;
    2. Employment letter from current employer or;
    3. Declaration of income if self-employed.
  4. A letter of recommendation from your teacher and/or principal
  5. Copies of your Standard 4, 5 and 6 report cards
  6. A letter to the Social Security Board entitle “Why I deserve this Scholarship” (explain in no more than 250 words)

Sixth Form

In 2005, the Board of Directors approved a proposal to offer Sixth Form scholarships to High School graduates. The proposal was as a result of consistent requests from students for assistance to further their education at the Sixth Form level.

The Sixth Form scholarship is a partial scholarship valuing $4,000.00 for any two-year program. For each year the student successfully meets the requirements to remain in the program, a disbursement of $2,000.00 is given to cover the cost of tuition and fees. This scholarship allows the student the opportunity to attend the educational institution of their choice.

All Sixth Form applicants are required to submit an application online, along with the following required documents:

  1. A copy of your valid Social Security Card
  2. Sixth Form acceptance letter
  3. A copy of your parents` or guardians` statement of income:
    1. 2017 TD4 (available at any Income Tax Department, country wide) or;
    2. Employment letter from current employer or;
    3. Declaration of income if self-employed.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from your teacher, principal, employer and/or community leader
  5. A copy of your high school transcript
  6. A letter to the Social Security Board entitled “Why I deserve this Scholarship” (explain in no more than 500 words)

Bachelor’s

In 2018, the Social Security Board will be offering two (2) scholarships at the Bachelor`s level. All persons applying for the Bachelor`s scholarship must be enrolled in a STEAM program.

“STEM is an educational movement that engages students in integrated learning as they explore the world around them, create innovative solutions to problems, and communicate their results while learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.”

Each applicant must have completed Sixth Form prior to applying for the Bachelor`s Scholarship. This scholarship awards a total of $5000.00 per year for two (2) years to an educational institution of your choice.

All Bachelor`s applicants are required to submit an application online, along with the required following documents:

  1. A copy of your valid Social Security Card
  2. University acceptance letter
  3. A copy of your parents` or guardians` statement of income:
    1. 2017 TD4 (available at any Income Tax Department, country wide) or;
    2. Employment letter from current employer or;
    3. Declaration of income if self-employed.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from your teacher, principal, employer and/or community leader
  5. A copy of your Sixth Form transcript
  6. A 5-paragraph persuasive essay entitle “Why I deserve this Scholarship” (explain in no more than 700 words)