Scholarship Opportunity

Carleton Williams Caribbean Bottling Company Scholarship

NOTICE: 2021 Application period is February 1st, 2021 – April 30th, 2021

Carleton Williams CBE, was born in 1929, the second of eight children, to humble beginnings. After receiving his secondary education at Government High School he began employment with the Government of The Bahamas at the Treasury Department where he learnt the fundamentals of accounting and finance. Mr. Williams transitioned easily into the private sector, taking a position at Navios Corporation, a subsidiary of the United States Steel Corporation. He later tested his business acumen, becoming an entrepreneur in 1964 as a contractor for a housing development. From there he expanded his business to include retailing building supplies, and later expanded into fast-food when he introduced McDonald’s to The Bahamas.  The manufacturing sector was Mr. Williams’ next undertaking with the purchase of Caribbean Bottling Company (CBC), local producer of Coca-Cola products. With his reputation as a strong business man, he was invited to serve on several prestigious boards, including but not limited to New Providence Development Company Ltd., the Central Bank of The Bahamas, and Automotive Industrial Distributors Ltd. Recognizing the importance of giving back he also served as a Member of the Board for local charities such as the Salvation Army and The Crippled Children’s Committee. Committed to education, at age 50 Williams earned his MBA from the University of Miami. In 2016 at the age of 87, Mr. Carlton Williams CBE resigned as the Chairman of the Board for Caribbean Bottling Company, and in honor of his outstanding contributions to both industry and The Bahamas, the Carleton Williams Caribbean Bottling Company Scholarship was created.

Mr. Carleton Williams CBE Awards Include:

  • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) awarded by Her Majesty the Queen of England
  • Businessman of the Year – Chamber of Commerce
  • Paul Harris Fellow – The Rotary Club
  • Salvation Army Others Award

2020 Award recipient:

  • Angela Sands

2019 Award recipient:

  • Gabriel Hall

2018 Award recipients:

  • Kennedi Knowles & Anajah Culmer

2017 Award recipient:

  • K. Kaiya Pinder

2016 Award recipients:

  • D’Ron & T’Ron Strapp

Each year a child from either Garvin Tynes Primary School* in New Providence or public primary school in Grand Bahama will be award a full six-year academic scholarship to the private school of their choosing. The award will cover all tuition charges from one of the following schools:

  • New Providence:
    • Queen’s College
    • Aquinas College
    • St. Anne’s High School
  • Freeport:
    • Bishop Michael Eldon High School
    • Grand Bahama Catholic High
    • Sunland Baptist Academy
    • Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy

    **List maybe subjected to change.

Program Criteria:
Successful candidates must be:

  • Bahamian citizen
  • Graduating from 6th grade at a Bahamian Government Primary School in New Providence or Grand Bahama (for New Providence only students from Garvin Tynes Primary* will be considered) during the intake year.
  • In need of financial assistance
  • Student must have a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Student must show evidence of involvement in community and extra-curricular activities
  • Student must be able to attend the required candidate interviews

Pre-Submission Criteria:

  • Students must sit and pass the Fall entrance exams for the participating Private School they wish to attend
  • Students must submit their private school acceptance letter along with their application
  • New Providence ONLY:

    For 2021, we will only be accepting applications from 6th graders in Grand Bahama.


Required Documents

  • Copy of applicant’s Passport or Birth Certificate
  • Copy of applicant’s Official Transcript for Grades 4, 5, and the first term of 6th
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s school outlining extra-curricular activities
  • Job Letter from Mother and Father’s Employer stating annual Salary
  • Letter of Acceptance/Entrance exam results from participating Private High School
  • Essay of 100 words or less (must be done by the applicant) on “Why he/she should be awarded the Carleton Williams Caribbean Bottling Company Scholarship”
  • A passport photo

*At present Garvin Tynes Primary School is the only Primary School in New Providence eligible for the Carleton William Caribbean Bottling Company Scholarship. Sharing a boundary, Garvin Tynes Primary and Caribbean Bottling Company (CBC) are neighbors, and the school has been unofficially adopted by CBC.

All public Primary schools in Grand Bahama are eligible