A NUMBER of scholarships for undergraduate studies at local universities will be available for conscripts who are to be discharged in the summer, according to Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides.
The minister visited army camps and outposts accompanied by the Chief of the National Guard, Lieutenant General Georgios Basiakoulis, to wish conscripts a happy Easter.
During the visits, Fokaides announced the new scholarship scheme for conscripts established this year. The scheme is part of a series of agreements signed between the Defence Ministry and academic institutions.
So far, the ministry has received scholarships for conscripts from the University of Nicosia, Frederick University and the Cyprus International Institute of Management, for undergraduate studies, an announcement said.
Eligible for the scholarships are all conscripts slated to be discharged this summer.
“Priority will be given, based on socio-economic criteria, to conscripts with the greatest need and the selection will be made strictly on academic criteria from the universities. Two scholarships will be granted to soldiers of the ELDYK Greek contingent in Cyprus,” the announcement said. Interested parties may apply through their units by May 20.
The ministry also announced that a €100 Easter bonus will be given to all conscripts from poor or low-income families. A €3,000 donation by RCB Bank contributed to that end, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, betting company OPAP Cyprus has donated exercise equipment for all National Guard outposts, on the occasion of Easter and as part of a strategy to boost sports within the army.