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Jan 23, 2013

Taiwan offers scholarships for Belizeans

More than twenty scholarships will be made available by the government of Taiwan to Belizean students for the upcoming academic year. The areas of study for either a bachelor or masters degree are varied and recipients will also have the opportunity to study mandarin. At a briefing this morning, the Taiwanese head of Mission, walked potential candidates through the application process for and offered first-hand experience about the Taiwanese culture.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The Taiwanese Embassy held a scholarship briefing with students, teachers and principals from various educational institutions across the country. The event offered information to participants on the application process for scholarships as well as about school-life in Taiwan.


David Wu

David Wu, Taiwanese Ambassador

“We have actually been very impressed by the outstanding achievement by the Belizean students when they went to study in Taiwan, so this year again we offer two kinds of scholarship. One is Taiwan scholarship which requires you to learn one extra year of Mandarin because the program will be taught in Mandarin. Another kind is called ICDF, which is more. Last year we had about nineteen. And this program will be taught in English. So today, we had this briefing earlier than usual because this year the application of the scholarship is earlier.”


Janell Dawson, a recent graduate of the University of Belize, is among the hopefuls looking forward to getting a scholarship. She says that with the limited available jobs and opportunities to further one’s education, she only saw it fit to weigh her options. If given the opportunity, Dawson would like to pursue a degree in Human Resources, an area for which she says, there is demand for.


Janell Dawson

Janell Dawson, Participant

“Like everyone else I’m just looking for an opportunity to uplift myself and my country. So I’m hoping that if I actually get the scholarship, I can actually give back what I learnt.”


Duane Moody

“Why do you think this briefing is important for you aspirants?”


Janell Dawson

“Well I think that a lot of people aren’t aware of all the educational opportunities presented to Belizeans so that is the reason why I basically came so that I can get all the information and not go by hearsay. To be honest, if given the opportunity to go to Taiwan, I really want to experience a culture shock. I mean, we’ve traveled to other developed countries but nothing like to Asia. So I basically want to learn about their culture and get out of my comfort zone; a new language.”


Geraldine Godoy

And to help with the culture shock, former recipient, Geraldine Godoy, who is a lecturer at Saint John’s College Junior College, shared her experiences. She says that where she studied, in northern Taiwan, it was like Belize, a multicultural experience.


Geraldine Godoy, Former Taiwanese Scholarship Recipient

“We have to have an open mind. We were oriented first of all before going about the food, culture, traditions, etc.  But for us, I think one of the biggest culture shocks was all the people that actually lived there. For me I studied in a northern city that actually has more people than the entire population of Belize. So that was my major culture shock—interacting with so many people. But what I personally also found was that they too have a faucet of different cultures that culminate at Taiwan.”


But what are the criteria to acquire the scholarship?


David Wu

“Of course, your school cards, your GPA score is very important and also the potential of the students that come to apply because the first thing when they go to study in a foreign country, especially in the east, they have to cope with the culture shock. And so we are seeing from the students through their applications, their achievements in high school and also to see the potential. We will try to select the best students to go to study in Taiwan.”


Ambassador Wu says that Belize can expect that over twenty-one scholarships will be up for grabs. To provide access to students countrywide, the applications are now available online. Duane Moody for News Five.


Deadline to send in applications is the end of March. Since 2004, Taiwan has offered two hundred and six full scholarships to Belizean students. 

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1 Response for “Taiwan offers scholarships for Belizeans”

  1. Storm says:

    Thanks once more to our friends in Taiwan. I have been there a couple times, and it is an amazing country, moving ahead so fast!

    I am very grateful that Taiwan is willing to invest in education of our future leaders. Education is the foundation of prosperity, security, and happiness in life.

    In the Bible, Proverbs 4 says:

    “5 Get wisdom; get insight;
    do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
    6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
    love her, and she will guard you.
    7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
    and whatever you get, get insight.
    8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
    she will honor you if you embrace her.
    9 She will place on your head a graceful garland;
    she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

    I hope the lucky students who get the scholarship will appreciate the great gift they will receive, and use it to improve their own lives and pay something back into the Jewel to improve its future.

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