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Aug 9, 2013

UB gives scholarships to scores of students

The University of Belize-Office of Student Affairs today presented the recipients of this year’s Student Athlete, Barton and UB Alumni scholarships. The students were selected based on academic and athletic capabilities and are from all over the country. The scholarships cover a period of one year and are renewable. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.

 

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Eighty students attended a session at the UB Main Campus in Belmopan to sign contracts for their scholarships.

 

Ajani Requeña, Scholarship Recipient

“I’m coming from Our Lady of Guadalupe High School , my sporting discipline is track and field. It is a wondrous opportunity because it saves my mom from the large burden of expense for tuition and fees so I am pretty excited.”

 

Ajani Requena

Jose Sanchez

“And do you know what you want to pursue as a career at UB?”

 

Ajani Requena

“I’m studying in the business field and eventually I want to break off in politics…maybe be a politician and an athlete.”

 

Raluni Bernardz

Raluni Bernardz, Scholarship Recipient

“I come from Toledo Community College, I’m eighteen years old. I think it is a wonderful opportunity for us to use our skills to educate ourselves.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“In addition to the sporting discipline, you are getting an education. What is it that you plan to pursue as a career?”

 

Raluni Bernardz

“That I don’t know. I just di come dah school.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So you are just trying to enjoy your education and sport at the same time?”

 

Raluni Bernardz

“Yup.”

 

The scholarships were offered by the UB Alumni Association, the Barton Scholarship fund and from UB. According to the sports coordinator, students were also offered scholarships based on academics and performance in sports such as basketball, volleyball football track and field, and canoeing.

 

Stanley Humes

Stanley Humes, Sports Coordinator, UB

“We have two processes for selecting students for the scholarships. We select these students by their academic performance and their athletic capabilities pertaining to the different disciplines they are interested in.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And I guess the end goal is to use sport as a way to encourage education?”

 

Stanley Humes

“As we all know sports is important and vital to our community and to everybody. But academically, we want to stimulate students to be educated—not only to want to play sports, but we need them to perform well. So everything is different…it is not only coming in with talent and play; it has to be equal capabilities.”

 

Kimanie Flowers

Kimanie Flowers, Scholarship Recipient

“I come from Stann Creek Ecumenical College and my sporting discipline is volleyball. I feel blessed. I am very glad so that I am not stressed because at first I was stressed. So now I know that I can pursue my career in my education and do something with it cause I know I will work hard.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“What is it you plan to pursue at UB?”

 

Kimanie Flowers

“I am pursuing med lab so I’m going to be a scientist hopefully.”

 

Kent Welch

Kent Welch, Scholarship Recipient

“I was a part of the four by eight team and I ran eight hundred and that’s it.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Now that you have the scholarship, what is it that you are pursuing here?”

 

Kent Welch

“I’m pursing an associate’s degree in pharmacy. I’ll play basketball for the university and I also planning on running track and to participate in the Huduka Games; that is the big event for the university and the opportunities that you get from this is to further your education through the talent you’re born with.”

 

Nella Chuc

Nella Chuc, Scholarship Recipient

“I come from Saint Ignatius High School and I am playing football.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“What is it that you plan to pursue at UB?”

 

Nella Chuc

“I’m studying to be a teacher.”

 

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson, Scholarship Recipient

“I’ve been here for about five years now cause I came from Sacred Heart College in 2008 and I’ve been doing the sport of track and field for eight years so I am here on this scholarship for that sport specifically.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And what is it that you are pursuing at UB?”

 

Mark Anderson

“Well I’ve been doing my bachelors degree in Accounting; I’m almost finished actually. And I plan to be an accountant after I’m done and see if I can branch out in sports as well because I want to represent Belize in future tournaments.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So sport keeps you healthy and also helps you to provide an education?”

 

Mark Anderson

“Yes sir, yes sir both. It is really a great opportunity and I’m really thankful to Mister Neal and everybody in the committee that made this all happen because it gives me an opportunity to further my dreams.”

 

Some of the scholarships are full scholarships that include tuition meals and housing and some cover the fees only. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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