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Jul 14, 2015

Belize Bank Awards 12 Scholarships

Twelve students will start the new academic year with scholarships through the Belize Bank Scholarship Programme. Among the guests at the Biltmore Plaza this morning were family members of the high school and sixth form students.   The Belize Bank started the program in 2012 and this year, the first group of students graduated. Andrea Polanco was at today’s ceremony.

 

Jamar Young, Scholarship Recipient

“The help is going to be really good for me because one day I aspire to be a novelist one day.”

 

Gavin Dawson

Gavin Dawson, Scholarship Recipient

“In the future I hope to be an accountant and do business.”

 

Breannie Marin, Scholarship Recipient

“I am taking Bio Chem at SJC and I want to become a pediatrician and I really feel like it is what I am supposed to do.”

 

Shalaine Nicholas

Shalaine Nicholas, Scholarship Recipient

“Well, after high school, I want to go to UB and get a degree in Business and become an accountant one day.”

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Young students with big dreams and the Belize Bank Scholarship is giving them the opportunity to lay the foundation on which to realize those dreams. The scholarship programme is in its fourth year and the demand has been greater than ever.  This group, eight high school and four junior college students, are deserving of their scholarship.

 

Shakira Tsai

Shakira Tsai, General Manager, Marketing, Belize Bank

“We found families dealing with tragedies. Some with unfortunate circumstance and many came from single parent struggling households with multiple siblings. Amidst that, we also found children who were determined; who found inspiration from their mothers who kept them focused and in school despite the hardships. It became a motivation for them to work even harder. We found hope and promise.”

 

Colourful stories of unemployment, single parent homes, and the likes. But, these students are determined to write a different future for themselves and their families.

 

Jamar Young

“Well, in my family, we get by everyday and my mom is doing okay but I know the assistance will be great for her because she has me and my little brother and both of us are going to school and he is going to have high school too.”

 

Jamar Young

Shalaine Nicholas

“I applied for the Belize Bank Scholarship because my mom doesn’t have a job and my dad, well, I don’t know.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, you come from a single parent home?”

 

Shalaine Nicholas

“Yes.”

 

Breannie Marin

Andrea Polanco

“And it’s going to be a big help for you and your mom?”

 

Shalaine Nicholas

“Yes, ma’am. Well, it will help me to know that to never give up because if I didn’t apply for this scholarship and give up when I didn’t get the first one, my mom would be struggling right now and maybe I wouldn’t be going to high school.”

 

Gavin Dawson

“I feel good and I hope that I nuh let them down and try to make it through school.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What made you decide to apply for this scholarship?”

 

Gavin Dawson

“Well, my auntie push me and mek I, because of financial needs and my auntie push me and thing mek I do it.”

 

Ajani Norris

Ajani Norris, Scholarship Recipient

“I decided to apply because my family really needs help and it will help my mother to get all my things that I need for school.”

 

And while scholarships ease financial burdens for the families, for the Belize Bank the vision is bigger than that- it’s about investing in our people and by doing so, building communities and by extension, Belize, through education.

 

Lyndon Guiseppi, Executive Chairman, Belize Bank

“We have a vested interest to ensure that all our students succeed, as they strive to become productive contributing professionals in our society today. Ladies and gentlemen, as a contributor to and an active participant in Belize’s economy, Belize Bank shares the vision of the Ministry of Education to build the talent pool as a means in furthering the national development of this country. We are hopeful that our investment in the scholarship programme will be a key component in this initiative.”

 

Maria Marin

And the investment in the students is also a proud moment for parents and guardians.

 

Maria Marin, Mother of Recipient

“I want to thank Belize Bank and thank God. I know she will do well because she is smart. I am so happy.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, big help for you?”

 

Maria Marin

“Yes. It’s a big help.”

 

Sagri Rodriguez

Andrea Polanco

“I know it is a financial help, but what does it mean for you to see your son begin to achieve his dreams?”

 

Sagri Rodriguez, Mother of Recipient

“I am very proud of him. Ajani had to grow up a lot faster than I would have liked. It is just him, myself and his little brother. So, he helps at home to take care of his little brother, helps him with homework. SO, I am very, very proud of him.”

 

Lloyda Dawson

Lloyda Dawson, Grandmother

“It is a joy to the whole family because we couldn’t afford it right. We are so grateful for this. We will try and encourage Gavin and help him any way we can to do good.”

 

As a part of the scholarship, the Bank also supports the students in a number of ways, including its mentorship programme.

 

Lyndon Guiseppi

Lyndon Guiseppi

“Our retail branch managers and their staff are fully committed to this process and have been tasked with the responsibility of developing relationships with our scholars, because you are all scholars, in their individual communities to provide for further guidance and support as the need arises.  We see mentorship, and the mentorship feature of our programme as a safety net to ensure that everyone here this morning completes a minimum of four years of schooling, additionally and where necessary, in the event where a student is falling short, the bank will also consider further support with tutoring and extra lessons to ensure the students’ success in meeting their requirements in the programme and graduate.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

 

Doctor Carol Babb of the Ministry of the Education was the guest speaker at today’s ceremony.

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1 Response for “Belize Bank Awards 12 Scholarships”

  1. Marb says:

    I am very grateful for these Businesses that light the way for others. Giving a helping hand and making a more promising future. I now sit in an AC Office because God use people like the Belize Bank to pay for my education years ago. Thank You, Belize Bank and never grow weary in lighting and opening the way for our Belizean Children to a brighter tomorrow. God Bless!

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