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Jul 11, 2012

Scholarships given in honor of late cyclist

The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation was established in February in honor of cyclist Ariel Rosado, who died in a traffic accident on May fourteenth, 2011. It was the brainchild of Rosado’s parents along with Bruce Sanchez Senior and Junior. Sports and education are two areas the cyclist championed in life and in his honor; the foundation is doing the same. To that end, earlier today eight students received high school scholarships that will cover books and tuition for the full four years as long as they maintain their grades and stay clear from trouble. It’s the first set of scholarships from the foundation, but with the continued support of the public they hope to help more needy students each year. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports on the award ceremony.

 

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

It was a big day for the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation, which presented its first set of high school scholarships to needy and deserving students. For Ariel’s father and president of the foundation, Dr. Alvaro Rosado, the event was bittersweet.

 

Alvaro Rosado

Dr. Alvaro Rosado, President, Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation

“My son had to die for this to happen, but it’s a pleasure to assist kids. When my wife went through the interviews for the kids who were applying for these scholarships, we wished we could have given everyone because we realized that there’s a need out there, Belize has talent, these kids are eager to continue education and would not have been able to do it without these scholarships. So that gives us a lot of pleasure.”

 

Matthew Smiling, Member, Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation

“The foundation’s primary purpose is to celebrate Ariel’s short life by utilizing Ariel’s national public image to raise funds for use in assisting deserving Belizean youths to accomplish their educational goals while developing healthy minds in healthy bodies.”

 

The scholarship recipients are Kenton Arzu and Fran Malic who will be going to Wesley College; Diana Chavaria and Ashanti Wade who are starting Edward P. Yorke High School; Latrell Gabourel and Keldra Woodeye, both going to Nazarene High School; Sabrina Jackson who is heading to St. Catherine Academy and Vidal Adolphus, entering second form at St. Ignatius High School in Cayo. All eight were selected, primarily based on financial need.

 

Dr. Alvaro Rosado

“The criteria used was basically need and there was a lot of need and where the need was eclipsed with two students had the same kind of needs, then we refer to the results of the P.S.E. so that was the main criteria but I would like to say that we had twenty-one applications and if we could have done it, all twenty-one would have gotten scholarships.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“That’s something you’ll be aiming for in the future?”

 

Dr. Alvaro Rosado

“Well, we certainly hope so. It’s a lot of money but we hope we can do it and with the support of the public and I’m appealing to the public to support the foundation. They can contact us through Bruce Bike and we will do as much as can.”

 

Matthew Smiling

Matthew Smiling

“The foundation currently has just under twenty-four thousand dollars to provide scholarships and sporting opportunities for deserving Belizean youths. Today’s secondary school scholarship awards are valued at around twelve thousand dollars. The foundation has decided that it must keep some funds in reserve to ensure that scholarship recipients will not be stranded before they complete their secondary school education.”

 

While the foundation fosters healthy minds through education, it promotes healthy bodies through sports. And today, they were proud to also announce the formation of a sailing club at St. Luke Methodist School, led by teacher Sharette Banks.

 

Matthew Smiling

“After discussions with representatives from the Belize Sailing Association, Dr. Dorla Rosado contacted three south side primary schools in Belize City and invited expressions of interest in establishing a sailing club at their school. Of the three schools, only Saint Luke Methodist responded to the invitation and the St. Luke Methodist School Sailing Club was established. Ms. Banks will today be presented with a cheque for one thousand dollars made out to the Belize Sailing Association for one year’s membership dues and payment for twenty-five sailing sessions for each of the five sailors.”

 

The good news kept coming at this morning’s ceremony as Matthew Smiling, a member of the relatively new organization, outlined other accomplishments and fundraising efforts in its first six months.

 

Matthew Smiling

“One month after its establishment, the foundation co-sponsored the Ariel Rosado Memorial Belmopan cycling classic, a race which was held in March of this year. In April, two months after its establishment, the foundation organized its first annual Ariel Rosado Memorial Foundation ride. This ride, which is the biggest single fundraising event for the foundation contributed more than eight thousand dollars to the scholarship fund. The foundation’s fundraising efforts reached out to our corporate and private citizens, who responded positively to the worthy cause. At the inaugural press conference of the establishment of the foundation, more than four thousand dollars was contributed and during the next five months, the foundation raised another twelve thousand from corporate and individuals.”

 

The foundation also has two associate degree scholarships, worth sixty thousand dollars, from Galen University for which they are seeking recipients. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

 

The scholarship selection committee was made up of Arilee Evans, Silvaana Udz, Vincent Gillett and Chaired by Dorla Rosado, the only member of the foundation that was involved in choosing recipients. The foundation also provides limited funding based on needs to the Third World Summer Camp in the Saint Martin De Porres area.

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1 Response for “Scholarships given in honor of late cyclist”

  1. Storm says:

    A wonderful idea and act of charity. I hope the spirit will be caught and carried forward by others.

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