30 More Students receive BTL Scholarships Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 16 August 2012 00:00

Belize Telemedia Limited 2012 Scholarship recipientsThe Belize Telemedia Limited has been providing opportunities for young Belizeans to further their education since its scholarship program started in 1991. Since then, almost 600 students have received scholarships, and over million has been spent on the educational expenses of promising Belizean youths. On Wednesday, August 15th, 30 more youths received the best scholarship in the country.

Nestor Vasquez, Chairman of the BTL Board, and Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, handed out 2 scholarship certificates to students starting their tertiary level education and 28 scholarship certificates to students starting their secondary level education. Minister Faber was the Special Guest Speaker at the event. He reemphasized the ministry’s motto that education is everybody’s business. Minister Faber praised BTL for being a responsible corporate citizen. He took the opportunity to say a general thank you to all organizations that contribute to the educational development of the country in various ways. Telemedia does not only provide scholarships but also provides free internet service to many schools across the country. Minister Faber then focused on another partner in the education system, parents. He challenged the parents to become more involved in their children's education. He said that when a parent takes an active role in their child’s education that child performs better, the parent/child relationship is better and the child is less likely to be influenced negatively. To the students Faber said, “Take advantage of the opportunity being provided.” Once again, he challenged them to prove the naysayers wrong. He reminded them that with hard work they can accomplish anything.

One of many inspirations in BTL’s 2012 scholarship class is Rowan Garel. Rowan is very famous in Belize for his victories over difficult challenges. He was born blind but still has lived a remarkable life thus far. After climbing the Victoria Peak, Rowan walked across the country to raise funds for a summer camp for youths with low or no vision. He attended Hummingbird Elementary School and scored 93% on the 2012 Primary School Examination. He said it was a financial challenge for his parents to send him to Hummingbird Elementary and it would’ve been a financial struggle for them to send him to the high school of his choice, the Belize High School. Rowan said he chose the school because it has the best environment for him to learn. The classes are small and the environment is more controlled. He thanked Belize Telemedia Limited for alleviating the burden on his parents and on all the parents whose children received scholarships.

Hundreds of students apply for the Belize Telemedia Scholarship every 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. Telemedia also provides assistance for the recipient in other areas, including tutoring.