Cedar International School, a non-profit private school, currently awards $150,000 in scholarship funding, part of $550,000 in financial aid that is provided annually to increase access to Cedar’s programs for those families who are less able to afford tuition fees. The majority of the scholarship funding is raised from just 10 donors: Maples, Digicel, Borrelli Walsh, Tovel Consulting, Conyers, KPMG, Nagico, BDO, Krys Global and Campbells. The rest is an unfunded discount provided by Cedar based on need.
Awareness of the BVI Scholarship Fund grew this week as Cedar International School and Mrs. Lorna Smith, OBE hosted the inaugural scholarship fund dinner. The aim of the event was primarily to thank the current sponsors and to celebrate the life changing fund which enables students to gain a world class International Baccalaureate education here in the British Virgin Islands, regardless of the ability to pay.
Scott Crawford, Director of Cedar International School said ‘We sincerely thank Mrs. Smith for her generosity in co-hosting this event, which has given us another opportunity to thank the scholarship sponsors. Their contribution makes an enormous difference in the lives of the scholarship recipients, opening doorways to opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach.’
‘The scholars aren’t the only ones to benefit.’ he continued, ‘The whole school benefits from the diversity and talent they bring to Cedar. It truly is a win win situation.’
Mrs. Lorna Smith, OBE said she was pleased to lend her support to a program that increases access to Cedar, one of the territory’s private schools that assists students in realizing their ambitions and pursuing their dreams.
The Minister of Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn was in attendance, as well as representatives from the sponsoring companies and other potential donors.
Kosay Jabre, a grade 12 student and one of the beneficiaries of the scholarship fund was at the event. He spoke eloquently about the impact the program has had on him. In addition guests were treated to live music by Shakima Fagan, herself a Cedar Scholar in grade 9.
The scholarship program has grown steadily since it’s inception in 2013. There are currently 12 scholarship students, and a further 47 receiving some financial aid. Overall this represents 25% of the student body at Cedar.
The mission of Cedar International School, a non-profit private school, is to provide each student we serve the opportunity to achieve his/her academic best with an international curriculum within a culturally diverse environment; to encourage leadership, character, creativity, and community service; and to nurture inquiring minds and caring personalities in all students.
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