Bank Muscat has invited applications to select a new batch of Omani youth for ‘Jesr al Mustaqbal’ (Bridge to Future) higher education scholarship programme. Secondary school graduates from low-income families are eligible to apply for the scholarship to pursue undergraduate diplomas at selected colleges and universities.
The study programmes offered are diploma in banking, accounting, finance or information technology, with its duration not exceeding three and a half years. Students who achieved GPA of 3.50 and above in their diploma studies may, at the discretion of the bank’s management, be offered sponsorship to pursue a bachelor’s degree programme.
The sponsorship covers course registration, tuition fees, books and monthly allowance of RO75. ‘Jesr al Mustaqbal’ was launched by the bank in 2012 in execution of the directive of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to provide relevant educational and training opportunities for Omani youth to develop employable skills. The comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative offers educational and vocational training sponsorship for young Omanis - both male and female from lowincome and limited income families who have not been able to complete their education for various reasons.
Beneficiaries must be unemployed Omani nationals below 20 years and they must have completed Secondary school with at least 70 per cent marks, with the course completed not more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment to college. Candidates applying for sponsorship will be required to clear the placement test conducted by respective colleges.
Priority will be given to students with no employment in the family. The scholarship application form can be downloaded from bank muscat website and is also posted on the bank’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.
The completed forms must be submitted to the Learning & Development department at the head office before July 31 . ‘Jesr al Mustaqbal’ is aimed at helping young Omanis to receive proper education and vocational training.