Everyone knows the importance of providing children with a good education, but unfortunately, in places of poverty, not every youngster gets the best start in life.
With the welfare of youngsters clearly on their mind, the Sunshine Scholarship Foundation was created to help children living in Belize.
Now, it has been revealed that the organization will be working with Isla Bonita Elementary School to provide students with support and scholarships.
Eve Dirnback, the head of the Sunshine Scholarship Foundation, has successfully spearheaded many projects in San Pedro over the past few years. Â In addition to helping the townÂs Isla Bonita All Stars, a marching band that has achieved national levels of quality, Ms. Dirnback has overseen the construction of a library and cafeteria at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School.
Over the coming months, the foundation will now work with Isla Bonita Elementary School to ensure that deserving students are provided with the chance to complete scholarships. Â Addy Martinez, principal of the private elementary school, said: ÂHere at Isla Bonita we have several top students that are in need of financial assistance. Â We try to help the students as much as we can, but it is hard because running a private institution incurs a lot of expense.ÂÂ Since it is a private school, Isla Bonita gets no help via government funding.Â However, it is the only school in San Pedro to take on children with special needs.
Talking about the way in which Sunshine Scholarship Foundation will select students, Ms. Dirnback was quick to explain that the organization was not a welfare program that would provide kids with financial aid just because they needed it. Â Rather, Addy Martinez will identify possible students for scholarship programs, and the foundationÂs administration panel will then screen these pupils.
Candidates must hold a grade average of ÂBÂ or above, and they must attend class regularly and show willingness for learning. Â Those students who slip will have their scholarships removed and given to someone else.
San Pedro welcomes the chance for students who are keen for education to be given the chance to really excel. Â While the scholarships are only currently available at Isla Bonita, it is hoped that as the organization grows, other students from a range of institutions will be able to take part.