By: St. Clair Sazam Hull
(CHARLESTOWN NEVIS)-The Bank of Nevis Ltd held a ceremony on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the Bank’s headquarters in Charlestown.
The occasion was to demonstrate the Bank’s continuous commitment towards school children here on the island of Nevis with the ‘Simeon Daniel Scholarship Fund’. This Fund came into being in August 2010, on the 25th anniversary of the Institution.
Mr. Denrick Liburd, an employee at the bank chaired the ceremony and gave the opening remarks. He welcomed all those who took time out of their busy schedule to attend the momentous occasion. He also explained that the Scholarship Fund is in recognition of the founder of the Bank the late Dr. Simeon Daniel. Mr. Liburd also 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 assessed.
General Manager of the bank, Mr. L. Everette Martin also gave some brief remarks. He noted that it was a pleasure to present the scholarships to the students not merely because they performed well academically but because we felt as though assistance was required Martin stated. 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.
He also stated that the Institution is looking into ways and means of making a contribution to future State Scholars of the Federation. The General Manger said the Bank has always sought to improve the quality of life for Nevisians and the entire Federation. In closing Mr. Martin urged the students to keep giving their utmost best and to continue making the Bank of Nevis proud noting that the Institution expects nothing less.
Mr. Adrian Daniel, son of the late Dr. Simeon Daniel also gave some brief remarks. He said he was humbled by the invitation he received from the Bank. Mr. Daniel said his father was a great advocate for education hence he was once a tutor. The son of the first premier said his father was very serious when it came to education and it was difficult for him and his other siblings to meet the high standards set by the late Dr. Simeon Daniel but they made it through.
The scholarships were presented by Mrs. Vernesia Walters.
The first recipient was, Zahra Jones who was the most outstanding student among her peers at the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School. She is now a student at the Gingerland High School and one day wishes to be a banker. The other scholarship was given to Chylon Caines who was the top student at the Charlestown Primary School.