By: St. Clair Sazam Hull
(CHARLESTOWN NEVIS)-The Bank of Nevis Ltd held a ceremony on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the Bank’s Headquarters in Charlestown.
The occasion was to demonstrate the bank’s continuous commitment to some deserving students on the island of Nevis, with the ‘Simeon Daniel Scholarship Scheme’. This scheme which is geared towards assisting two students entering either Secondary school on Nevis came into being in August 2010, on the 25th anniversary of the institution.
Mrs. Shirletta Byron, an employee at the bank chaired the ceremony and gave the opening remarks. She welcomed all those who took time out of their busy schedule to attend the momentous occasion. She noted that the Scholarship Scheme is in recognition of the founder of the bank Dr. Simeon Daniel. Mrs. Byron congratulated the students, who won the scholarships, noting that it was a very difficult choice to make because of the number of students who were up for consideration.
Acting General Manager of the bank, Mrs. Lisa Herbert also gave some brief remarks. She stated that it was a pleasure to present the scholarships to the students not merely because they performed well academically but because the Bank felt as though assistance was required. Mrs. Herbert continued, “It is a very difficult task every year as to who should be the beneficiaries of these scholarships because there are always other students who would have done exceptionally well”.
Mrs. Herbert, also stated that the institution has plans to make a contribution to future State Scholars of the Federation. She said the bank has always sought to improve the quality of life for Nevisians and the entire Federation on a whole. In closing, Mrs. Herbert urged the students to stay focused and to keep performing well.
Mrs. Sheila Daniel, widow of Dr. Simeon Daniel also gave some brief remarks. Mrs. Daniel said that she was humbled by the invitation she had received from the bank. She claimed that her late husband was a great advocate for education and was once a tutor. The widow of the first Premier said the idea of giving scholarships to the students was a great one and she was certain the children would benefit tremendously.
The recipients for this year’s scholarships are, Anel Fergusson, who attended the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School and is now a student of the Gingerland Secondary School, and Oshana Edwards, a past student of the Nevis Academy, now a student of the Charlestown Secondary School.
Presentation of the scholarships was done by Mr. Denrick Liburd.