The Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) held a closing ceremony for candidates applying for this year’s 2014 scholarships, in recognition of their outstanding academic performance and participation in the Program’s candidacy training, activities, and examinations that come as part of the final selection process and criteria.
Advisor for Political and Economic Affairs and CPISP Board member and Head of the Board Financial and Administrative Committee Sh. Mohammed bin Essa Al-Khalifa spoke at the ceremony, which took place today at the Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Hall, praising the high academic performance demonstrated by the candidates during their training, and congratulated them for reaching this stage of the selection process and wished them success. He also thanked CPISP sponsors for their continued support of the Program and its objectives, as well as HRH the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, First Deputy Prime Minister Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s vision to develop Bahraini youth through educational opportunities and training.
CPISP Director Dr. Cynthia Gessling gave a presentation about the Program’s candidacy training courses, which come as part of the overall selection process. In cooperation with Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), the CPISP organized a Critical Thinking Course, leadership training which included the completion of a Level 3 Certificate in Team Leading certified by the UK-based Chartered Management Institute, as well as Personality and Career Path Assessment. The CPISP also organized a series of guest lectures and panel discussions for the student candidates to further their academic, professional, and personal development, as well as preparation courses for the IELTS and SAT examinations. Dr. Gessling affirmed the final ten recipients will be selected based on their GPAs, their IELTS and SAT test results, and scores of the Leadership Training and Critical Thinking course, and will include three young women and three young men from Ministry of Education schools and two young men and two young women from private schools, who will be selected in March 2014. Dr. Gessling also extended her thanks and appreciation to the Information Affairs Authority for producing a short film documenting the Program’s application process and candidacy training, which was featured at the ceremony, and also thanked the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture for their continued support and cooperation.
The ceremony culminated in the presentation of certificates of achievement to the candidates, which were awarded by Sh. Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa and a number of CPISP Board members representing platinum level sponsors.
Present at the ceremony were CPISP board members, sponsors, officials, candidacy program instructors and guest lecturers, as well as the parents and guardians of the candidates.