The Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP), in cooperation with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), concluded its qualifying tests for over 300 applicants from governmental and private schools who met the Program’s 2015 scholarship applications requirements.
CPISP Director Dr. Cynthia Gessling affirmed that in order to qualify for the Program’s 2015 scholarships, applicants had to have Bahraini citizenship, a GPA of 97% or higher, and be enrolled in the 11th grade and set to graduate from secondary school in 2014.
She confirmed that the Program received over 300 applications during the set submission period of 9 – 27 March 2014, and that this year marked the highest number of applications received by the Program since its inception.
Dr. Gessling explained that the qualifying tests which took place at BIBF over the last two weeks included an online computer-based test of English Proficiency, in addition to three critical reasoning tests to assess verbal, numerical, and diagrammatical reasoning. And in regards to applicants currently studying outside of Bahrain, Dr. Gessling said the Program will arrange for them to take the qualifying tests under appropriate supervised conditions at their location.
Dr. Gessling said the next step will be for the Program to select a minimum of 60 candidates based on the results of the qualifying tests and their Grade Point Average, and who will include 40 government school students and 20 private school students. The candidates, who will be announced by June of this year, will then undergo various training courses and preparation courses for standardized testing throughout the summer and the next academic year until the final ten recipients are selected next March.