Belize Bank gives 25 four-year high school scholarships
As noted in the previous news items, hard times and a poor upbringing without role models can lead to crime and unwanted situations. Mentorship is a key factor in any program that hopes to either reform or shape young minds. That is why the Belize Bank scholarship program was launched, not only to give an educational opportunity but also to provide a personal relationship between the professionals on its staff and youths. This morning News Five’s Jose Sanchez attended the issuance of grants to youths who will receive more than just a bag full of school supplies and a four year tuition scholarship.
Jose Sanchez, Reporting
This morning the Belize Bank gave out twenty five high school scholarships to students from across the country based on academics as well as financial need. It’s the bank’s first high school program which coincides with the celebration of the institution’s twenty fifth anniversary.
Eliza Cho, Received Belize Bank Scholarship
“Well I am now attending Our Lady of the Way High School in Belmopan.”
“And what do you want to do with this scholarship; you have to maintain a certain G.P.A.?
“Well I intend to keep it up, keep it way up so that Belize Bank can be proud of me and their precious time and money will not be wasted.”
“They also want you to give back to your community. Are you looking forward to sharing?”
“Of course, because when you receive you have to give back—nothing is free ion life. You have to give back to someone when they give something to you as well.”
Benedicto Cho, Father of Eliza Cho
“I feel really, really happy especially for the Belize Bank, its management and staff. I really appreciate what they have done especially this program like this that helps needy children. As you know this are hard nowadays and these programs like this will go a million miles for a family like us because I have three other children attending the University of Belize so this is just in time for my family. So I really, really appreciate Belize Bank.”
Marcos Coc, Received Belize Bank Scholarship
“I live ina Toledo, Hicatee Village. I want to attend J.S.E.”
“How do you feel about the scholarship Belize Bank is giving?”
“Well I feel good because it will cost less expense for my ma.”
Jennie Moguel, Received Belize Bank Scholarship
“I’m going to attend Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio and I think it is a great opportunity. I am glad I got this opportunity from Belize Bank to further my education and I know that four years of my future is covered.”
Elicia Moguel, Mother of Jennie Moguel
“Well I feel so happy for this scholarship for her to continue her education. I thank god and I thank Belize Bank for the opportunity and we will see that she will make Belize Bank proud of her.”
Mark Cobb, Received Belize Bank Scholarship
“I am going to attend the Sacred Heart College. And yes I think that I can keep up my good grades, to keep going on with the scholarship. And I feel that it is very good for young people to apply for this scholarship because some of us cannot afford to go to high school and then we just end up in the streets doing crime and other criminal activities.”
“I saw you shaking your head during the segment talking about keeping the grades up. Are you going to be behind your son?”
Gladys Cobb, Mother of Mark Cobb
“Umm, yes. We are hoping that he is going to keep up. He has good grades and I’m willing to keep working hard with him for him to keep up the good grades.”
Belize Bank Executive Chairman, Lyndon Guiseppi, called all his managers to task as mentors for the youths.
Lyndon Guiseppi, Executive Chairman, Belize Bank
“Too often, a lot of people offer financial assistance, [but] they don’t find out what’s happening. In addition to that, sometimes parents as willing as they are, are not capable of dealing with certain problems that the youths may encounter. The branch managers and the officers in the bank will act as a buffer in that regard—so they are like big brothers and big sisters. If for instance, the child is giving problems to the parents, I have already indicated to the parents that they can call the branch managers and say listen have a chat with my daughter, have a chat with son—take them out for lunch—as a source of encouragement. In addition to that, it gives the child an opportunity to see what the world of work looks like and hopefully will encourage and inspire them to settle down because they might want to be managers as well. So as important as the financial assistance is, I certainly believe that the mentorship component is equally if not more important.”
Shajida Sedacey, Received Belize Bank Scholarship Karen Sedacey
“I’m going to attend the Pallotti High School and I am going to pass high and do well.”
“How do you feel about the entire scholarship program? Do you feel you will able to continue with it? They want you to give back to the community.”
“I feel that I can do it. I can do my best.”
“And your impression regarding the mentorship program? They want the students to interact with the managers also of the different branches.”
Karen Sedacey, Mother of Shajida Sedacey
“That is a good idea. Motivation comes from all over so it is very good.”
“I feel it is an honor. It is my honor to talk to a Belize Bank manager because it will mentor me and give me encouragement so that I can continue on with my good grades.”
Guest speaker was Carol Babb, Deputy Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education.
Carol Babb, Deputy Chief Education Officer, M.O.E.
“My advice to you here young people; you have been given a golden opportunity. You have been given a gift that is priceless. If you were to be given an ipod from the bank, there is a possibility that before you reach downstairs it could fall, it could be broken and cannot work. Education is a gift that no one can take away from you. It will never decay; it will never fall and get broken. So take advantage of it. I was also told by Mister Guiseppi that in addition to the financial support for tuition and books that managers will mentor the young people, the students here. That is very, very important; mentorship is critical. Many times young people get opportunities and as everyone they encounter challenges in life and they don’t know what to do, there is no one to guide them. So I think that we should give a big applause to the Belize Bank.”
Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.