Bahamas consul general Paulette Zonicle during a meeting with Howard University’s Interim President Dr Wayne Frederick on Monday
WASHINGTON, USA -- Scholarship opportunities for Bahamians and the possibility of a student exchange program between Howard University and the College of The Bahamas (COB) were among the topics discussed by Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas consul general to Washington, DC, with Howard’s interim president Dr Wayne Frederick when she met with him on Monday.
Zonicle met with Frederick prior to holding a reception for a group of Bahamians who are students at Howard University.
Noting that COB is “now being converted into a university,” Zonicle suggested that an exchange program with Howard would be wonderful “because it would be a great way to recruit more Bahamian students,” adding that she would like to facilitate that sort of arrangement.
Frederick, a native of Trinidad, said Howard does not have “a lot of those connections in the Caribbean,” but he totally agreed with the suggestion.
“That’s what I try to do whenever I go home to Trinidad,” Frederick said. “I try to recruit students from there.”
With regard to scholarships, Frederick said when it comes to needs-based scholarships, students who are generally in this category are usually challenged as far as their grades are concerned because they have needs and usually work at nights.
On the other hand, he said, students who perform well “disproportionately have two parents with advanced degrees, which means that their own capacity to pay is increased.”
“But because their parents have the financial means doesn’t mean they want to pay because they have invested all along to get their kids to perform well,” Frederick said, adding that the university tends to be “very cautious” with merit-based scholarships.
The consul general also discussed the possibility of prominent Bahamian artists participating in Howard University’s Artists in Residence Program, and Frederick promised that subsequent to their meeting he would bring her request to the attention of the person in charge of that program.
Following their meeting, Frederick also arranged for the consul general to meet with Latrice Byam, Howard’s director of admissions and university registrar, who discussed with the consul general the requirements for admission to Howard and related matters.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American PhD recipients than any other university in the United States.