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Jun 20, 2012

Grants given to 25 primary school students

While the P.S.E. top scorers were recognized this morning, twenty-five primary school students were presented with educational grants from the Scotiabank, Belize City Branch this afternoon. The grants are expected to cover schools fees and books for the lucky recipients. Branch Manager, Karen Habet says the annual award also extends to students in the districts.

 

Karen Habet, Manager, Scotia Bank Belize City Branch

“This is a yearly thing that we do every year. It is throughout the entire country that all eleven branches give away scholarships, sorry, grants to primary school students and infant school students throughout the country. It is the Scotia Education Grant and we choose our grantees based on their grades and second by need. It also needs to come with a recommendation from the principal of their school.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Alright. So guys advertise this and then students apply for it?”

 

Karen Habet

Karen Habet

“Yes. Every year in April it is advertised in the newspaper and the kids get the applications and fill it out at the school. They have to give us why they should get this grant and then they are sent to us by the principal with their recommendation.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Alright. Are you able to share with us the value of the grant?”

 

Karen Habet

“Each grant is three hundred Belize dollars and it covers mostly books and some school fees; not really tuition because they don’t pay that at that level but they do pay lab fees and stuff like that so that is what it will cover.”

 

Wilmer Cardoza, Std V, Queen Square Anglican

“By my hard work on my tests and studies.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Alright, so what made you decide to apply for it?”

 

Wilmer Cardoza

Wilmer Cardoza

“Well my teacher asked me and I decided to apply for it for hardworking for the year.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Will this be a big help for you and your family?”

 

Wilmer Cardoza

“Yes ma’am because when graduation comes there will be a high bill to pay so this will help me to pay for my graduation and so.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So it will motivate you to work harder and study harder?”

 

Wilmer Cardoza

“Yes ma’am.”

 

The Scotiabank Belize Education Fund was established after a 2006 report from UNICEF revealed that a high percentage of students in Belize cannot afford to make it through primary school.

 

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