SPBS Continues to Give Big to Tertiary Education
At its 21st Anniversary banquet slated for Saturday, 1st September, 2018, at the Maestro’s Banquet Hall, in the Bronx, New York, the Sandy Point Benevolent Society (SPBS) would be presenting over US $10,000 in scholarships to deserving students who are currently pursuing bachelor and post-graduate studies.
This year, the Sandy Point High School/ Charles E. Mills Secondary alumni association, SPBS will be presenting three (3) recipients with the Ridley Guishard scholarship award of USD $2,500 each, one recipient with the Sir Hugh and Lady Claudette Graduate Scholarship of US $2,000 and two (2) recipients with the Sandy Point Benevolent Society award of US $1000.00 each.
The Ridley Guishard award that is funded by Dr. Hannah Guishard, is Dr. Guishard’s award in honour of her late father, Mr. Ridley Guishard. This award, which is presented annually, is specifically designed to give monetary assistance to educationally gifted scholars from the Sandy Point Community and who are from economically challenging situations. Receiving this award in 2018 are Ms. Xuxa Garroden, Ms. Erian Jeffers, and Ms. Candace Richards.
Xuxa Garroden is currently enrolled at the University of the Virgin Islands pursuing a B. Sc in Chemistry. It is her desire to make a tremendous impact in the field of medicine and health policy reformation in St. Kitts and Nevis, especially for the people who are not able to access the healthcare they deserve.
Ms. Erian Jeffers is currently a student enrolled at the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) in the Faculty of Medical Sciences where is pursuing an MBBS degree. Her ultimate goal is to open her own private practice in her hometown where Sandy Pointers and individuals in surrounding communities can receive affordable, quality care from a familiar face ‘jus cross d road’.
While Candace Richards, also currently enrolled at the University of the West Indies (Mona campus), is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. Upon completion she hope to resume teaching Geography while offering assistance in the area of physical planning and disaster management.
Receiving the Sir Hugh and Lady Claudette Rawlins Graduate Scholarship is Ms. Michelle Queeley who is completing doctoral studies in Educational Leadership in Higher Education with the University of the West Indies Open Campus. Though very much involved in the delivery of education at the secondary and tertiary levels, Michelle hopes to more significantly impact the educational landscape upon completion of her studies. The Sir Hugh and Lady Claudette Graduate Scholarship is presented annually to a graduate of Sandy Point High or Charles E. Mills Secondary School, who is pursuing Masters or Doctoral level studies and who intends to return to the Federation to contribution to national development.
Then receiving the Sandy Point Benevolent Society’s Scholarship for Undergraduate studies are Tazyka Markman and Devatrea Mike. Ms. Tazyka Markman is currently studying at the Midwestern State University where she is pursuing a degree in Biology- Clinical Laboratory Science. She intends to return to St. Kitts and Nevis where she plans to build on existing research, as well as undertake new research on the relationship between the biophysical environment and human health. As a recipient of the SPBS Principals Award in 2007, Ms. Devatrea Mike, automatically qualifies for this award for her involvement in the SPBS Mentorship programme. Devatrea is currently enrolled at the University of the West Indies Open Campus reading for a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
All of these scholarships will be presented at the SPBS Gala Banquet on Saturday, 1st September between 8p.m and 2a.m at the Maestro’s Banquet Hall in New York.
The Sandy Point Benevolent Society Scholarship extends profound congratulations to all of the 2018 scholarship awardees and looks forward to seeing the meaningful impact that they would individually and collectively make on the landscape of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis.
SPBS also would like to thanks all the contributors to its various scholarships and fundraising initiatives. Special thanks is extended to the following entities for contributing towards its 21st Anniversary banquet and magazine: Ocean Terrace Inn, National Caribbean Insurance, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society, Shiggidy Shack, Harowe Servo Control ATI, , and the Gelato Shop at Port Zante, the Coffee Shop/Perfume Shop from Port Zante and Digicel.