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Scotiabank Gives the Gift of Education

Scotiabank Gives the Gift of Education
July 27
07:27 2018

Reporter: Thursday, July 26, 2018 –

In commemoration of the 12th anniversary of its scholarship programme and its 50th anniversary in Belize, Scotiabank gave away 20 scholarships to students from Region One of Belize City, formerly known as the Southside, this week.

The bank held a brief handing over ceremony at its Belama branch, where the staff of the bank also gave recipients new school bags full of school supplies for the upcoming school year.

Malenie Landaverde, Manager of Scotia’s Belama branch, explained that the bank usually gives out ten scholarships each year, but decided to double it in light of the occasion.

“Countrywide we have provided 186 scholarships valued at around $37,000. Scotiabank is committed to the youth of Belize. It is important that we contribute towards their education,” Landaverde said.

The bank held the initiative in collaboration with the Belize Police Department, which assisted in recommending the 10 extra children for the scholarships.

Commander of Eastern Division Region 1, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, explained that the Department recognized that children out of school, particularly boys, could be a crime problem in the short and long term.

“No child should be left out of school,” Gillett said. “It took a long time but we identified parents that would genuinely not have an opportunity to send their children to school.”

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