24 Youths Receive BTL Scholarships Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 18 August 2011 00:00

Scholarship Recipients of 2011. Min.Faber and Chairman Vasquez present certificates to recipients (inset)It is the best scholarship program in the country and on Wednesday, August 17, 24 young Belizeans were accepted into the Belize Telemedia Scholarship Program. It’s an opportunity to pursue a quality education with a first class ticket. Belize Telemedia Limited gave the scholarships to 3 students pursuing their Associates Degree and 21 students entering high schools across the country as part of its 2011 Scholarship Program.

The students receiving high school scholarships are Valencia Tut of the Toledo District;TirellArzu, Alisha Bermudez and IshellyRecinos of the Stann Creek District; Manuel Romero and Joedy Ojeda of the Cayo District; Richard Wade, Timothy Gentle, BrithneyFermin, Markeisha Leslie, AaliyahMonima, Evelyn Navarro, JephanneaCuthkelvin and Selenie Rodriguez of the Belize District; Paola Osorio, Krystin Trejo, Elizabeth August, Keisha Castellanos and Roberto Novelo of the Orange Walk District and Brandon Grant and Michael Cusof the Corozal District. The students receiving scholarships to pursue their Associates Degree are Aaron Stock from Belize City who will be attending St. John’s College Junior College; YadiraCarillo of Corozal town who will be attending Corozal Junior College and Sairi Jimenez of the Orange Walk District who will also be attending Corozal Junior college.

Minister of Education and Youth, Hon Patrick Faber was the Special Guest Speaker at the event. He said it was a special moment for him because it was the first time he had the opportunity to speak to recipients of scholarships from a Government controlled BTL. He encouraged the students to take advantage of the opportunity and warned them about naysayers. “They will say you can’t be successful because you are Creole, Maya or Spanish. They will look down on you because you are from the Southside of Belize City. But you take this opportunity and you prove them wrong!” Minister Faber said that he expects to see the program expand so that more scholarships are offered. That was seconded by Net Vasquez, Chairman of the BTL Board.

Vasquez said, “Telemedia has been issuing out scholarships since 1991. Over 500 students have received scholarships so far totaling a cost of over $1 million.” He said that the Board will continue to add to the budget of the Scholarship Committee “so that we soon reach thirty- forty scholarships.” Last year the program provided scholarships to tertiary institution students for the first time. That program continued this year with one more such scholarship than last year. He encouraged the students to work hard and make their dreams come true.

YadiraCarillo was a high school scholarship recipient in 2007. She gave some advice to the newest scholarship recipients. She told them to do their best and make their loved ones and country proud. She encouraged them to work hard because the end result will pay off. Carilloreceived another scholarship in this program to pursue her Associates Degree.

Scholarship Recipients of this year, TirellArzu and Joedy Ojeda thanked Telemedia for being a good corporate citizen. Arzu thanked Telemedia for relieving his family of the financial burden of paying for three kids to attend school. Ojeda thanked Telemedia for making it possible for her and hundreds more to pursue a quality education.

Anjali Vasquez, Public Relations Representative for BTL, said that over 300 people applied for the scholarships this year. The application process includes open application via forms then interviews and an essay writing section. A scholarship recipient need not worry about tuition, fees or books. Telemediaalso provides assistance for the recipient in other areas; including tutoring. Vasquez says that the program is more than a financial aid program. “It is based on personal relationships and we are like family.”