Spark It Up Education Grant


One of the most pressing needs for persons pursuing higher education today is funding. The task is even greater for those who are mentally capable, but financially challenged. There are thousands of individuals who are simply not advancing due to their socio-economic challenges. The Spark It Up Education Grant, was created specifically to help make a change in situations like those.



The fund was conceptualized by Tricia ‘Sparkiebaby’ Spence aka Sparks. Sparks has a passion for enabling others to reach their full potential. She believes that, when and if possible we should endeavour to help others along life’s journey.

Sparks’ viral commentary, for Ms. Jamaica Universe (Davina Bennett) at the Ms. Universe 2017 pageant, gave birth to the now popular “steam fish and okra body” and “yaaas goodie,” slogans. From that, Sparks started a clothing line from which part proceeds would assist students in financial need.

The first grant was awarded in April 2019.

Now in November 2019, Sparks has partnered with National Bakery Company, a company synonymous with Jamaican quality and pride, to extend the life of the Spark It Up Grant.


Duration of Grant

Duration of Scholarship Grant

The SCHOLARSHIP GRANT is non-renewable, for a total of one semester. It is available to final year students attending TERTIARY institutions in Jamaica.



Number of Awards:

Varies – Based on the availability of funds.

Award(s) Amount:

Varies – Based on the availability of funds.

Method of Disbursement:

Paid directly to the recipient’s account at their respective institution.




  • Be in financial need
  • Be an undergraduate full-time student at a tertiary institution in Jamaica
  • Be a Jamaican citizen and resident
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be a final year student


Selection Process

The Scholarship Committee will consider these criteria in making their selection:


  • Financial need.
  • Academic achievement, including grades/standardized test scores/achievement test scores.
  • Community/extracurricular involvement.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Relevance of course of study for future economic development
  • Participation in specific activities (including sports and arts.)
  • Awards and recognition.
  • Work history** (if student has worked/is working to help offset his/her fees.)


Important Dates

Application period:

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (Jamaica time) on 3rd December 2019. Applications received after the specified date and time will not be considered.

Notification Date:

The awarded applicant will be notified by call or email by 5th December 2019.

All other applicants will be made aware that someone was selected via social media. You are not required to do follow up emails.


How To Apply


Click here to complete the application form.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please send inquiries to

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Persons found to not be providing accurate information will not be considered.

Persons found to be falsifying official documents will be reported and not considered.