Eight Vincentian students will attend secondary school with support from the Basil Charles Education Foundation.
Five of those – Nyeemah Nisbett, Kolongi Garraway, Shanior Durrant, Keron Francis and Aliyah Sergeant – received $1,600 each for a year.
The other three – Eizzy Roberts, Jelani Simmons and Delron Dells – each received bursaries to the tune of $500 a year.
The students received their awards last Tuesday at the Cobblestone Inn, Kingstown.
Karen Nero, Bantan Bacchus and Lafeisha France, representing the Basil Charles Foundation, outlined the history of the scholarship programme which marks its 25th anniversary this year.
The scholarship programme started in 1996, the same year that the Mustique Blues Festival commenced. It is from this activity that most of the funds for the scholarship programme are derived.
Banton Bacchus announced plans to have a segment of next year’s Blues Festival on mainland St. Vincent. Bacchus also pointed to other areas where the Basil Charles Foundation is making an impact. For example, during the COVID-19 crisis, they have helped students with electronic gadgets through difficult learning exercises.
France, a former Basil Charles Education Foundation Scholarship holder, serves as secretary to the Foundation. She praised the Foundation for their support throughout her school career.
She is a national track and field athlete and is awaiting positive word on an application for a national scholarship that would fulfil her ambition to pursue studies in Travel and Tourism.
Nero invited the awardees to come forward with requests should they encounter any difficulty.
So far, over 100 students have benefitted from the Basil Charles Educational Foundation. But that’s not the only sphere in which the Foundation has shown its generosity. Seventeen Early Childhood Institutions have received assistance from the Foundation, as well as persons engaged in the STEM programme.
The Basil Charles Foundation is the brainchild of Basil Charles, world renowned operator of Basil’s Bar on Mustique, originator of the Mustique Blues Festival and entrepreneur extraordinaire.
Source: The Vincentian