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Jul 10, 2013

Ariel Rosado Memorial Foundation issues more scholarships

The recently established Ariel Rosado Foundation stepped up to the plate in a big way this morning. The foundation has managed to provide fifteen new scholarships to deserving students while at the same time, eleven students who were recipients last year received tuition fees for another school year. The foundation was established in the name of former cyclists Ariel Rosado, who was killed in a traffic accident. Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Some twenty-six students were honored today by the Ariel Rosado Foundation. They are the recipients of high school and university level scholarships to high schools of their choice and Galen University. The award ceremony and celebration was two-fold as it celebrated the accomplishments of the foundation that has only been in existence for only eighteen months.

 

Alvaro Rosado, President, Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation

Alvaro Rosado

“We’ve had fantastic support from individuals and the community. We’ve eleven entities that have given dedicated scholarships this year and we are certainly hoping to get more this year. We were able to add three high school scholarships to the roster, another primary school for five students and two more university scholarships. So this year a total of twenty-six deserving Belizean youths will be benefiting from the Ariel Rosado Foundation. We are very proud that we are able to do this. We are very proud of the students; we had two who passed first in their class, one who passed third and I am sure that the others did outstanding jobs, but we weren’t informed in time.”

 

The first set of scholarships was awarded last year; a total of eleven persons received tuition scholarships to a secondary or tertiary education. And today, up to fifteen were added to that eleven. Last year’s recipient, Keldra Woodye and Libertad resident, Justin Williams, are more than grateful for the opportunity of a lifetime.

 

Keldra Woodeye

Keldra Woodye, Recipient, Ariel Rosado Scholarship Program 2012

“I just try to work hard in my class. I know there is a lot of competition. I came in third in my class and I am proud of that and I know Misses and Mister Rosado and also my parents are. I am happy that I got the opportunity to get the scholarship so that I could go to school. And I feel bad for the ones who don’t have because in this world right now, without an education, you can’t get no kinda job or nothing and you suffer.”

 

Justin Williams, Recipient, Ariel Rosado Scholarship Program 2013

“ I feel excited.”

 

Duane Moody

“What does it mean for you to have gotten it? Is this your opportunity to go to school?”

 

Justin Williams

“I feel that I will make them proud and go on with the scholarship program.”

 

Duane Moody

“If you didn’t receive this scholarship, would you still have been able to go to high school?”

 

Justin Williams

“My parents would try to make me go.”

 

Duane Moody

“What advice would you have for other persons that might want to get a scholarship as well? What is it that they need to do to ensure that they do?”

 

Justin Williams

Justin Williams

“Keep up a good grade and be a good student in class and keep it up.”

 

From a record number of applicants, the scholarships were awarded based on need.

 

Alvaro Rosado

“One of the difference with this foundation is that the academic qualification is that you must be accepted into a high school—it doesn’t matter what high school, it doesn’t matter what your grades were. Once you have been accepted into a high school, then we consider your need. And it is based on need; the neediest person will get it. You could be the top student, but your family makes more money than somebody who has less…it is the person who has the most need that is given the scholarship.”

 

And where does the foundation sees itself in the next five years?

 

Alvaro Rosado

”I’m hoping that we will be able to form a corpus or fund that will generate annual revenues to pay for these scholarships and that the funds that we raise in the future from the rides and so on, could be used to establish a center where students can come and have access to the internet free of charge our scholarship students and hopefully others who might qualify for that kind of service. Frankly, I never thought it would be this big. I thought it would have been one or two scholarships, but now I realize that I probably wasn’t listening to Ariel because he always thought big and this is the kind of thing that he would have wanted.”

 

The scholarships were made possible through several donations from corporate and private citizens across the jewel. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

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