Awareness of the BVI Scholarship Fund grows again this week as Cedar International School launches the second annual Grand Raffle. The aim of the raffle is to raise funds for the BVI Scholarship fund, which enables students to gain a world class International Baccalaureate education here in the British Virgin Islands, regardless of the ability to pay.

To ensure the success of the raffle, Cedar is partnering with the newest entrant in the auto market, Tortola Auto Group (TAG), the Official Hyundai Dealer in the Virgin Islands. The company which has been in operation since last October, is the most modern dealership and service center in the Territory, and believes that the raffle is a wonderful way to open up unique educational opportunities.

“We are delighted to support this initiative that gives wider access to students in the BVI community to the IB education offered by Cedar. Although new to the market, TAG recognizes the need to help build the community and one of the ways to do so is through education. I am happy that Cedar has selected the All-New 2016 Hyundai Tucson from Hyundai, which one of the fastest growing auto brands in the world. The winner of the raffle will drive in comfort knowing that the All-New Tucson is backed by Hyundai’s exclusive 5-year factory warranty and TAG’s modern service facilities.  I encourage the community to support this initiative,”  said Gordon French, Senior Sales & Marketing Executive At TAG.

“We are always looking to foster and encourage the educational development of the BVI youth. NAGICO has supported the BVI Scholarship fund for the past few years as a corporate donor and this partnership seemed a natural progression and a way to further show our support.”  – Shan Mohamed, NAGICO BVI’s Managing Director. Through the partnership with NAGICO, the winner will receive one year free insurance.

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 corporate donors and fund raising initiatives like the Grand Raffle. The rest is an unfunded discount provided by Cedar based on need.

Scott Crawford, Director of Cedar International School said ‘We sincerely thank TAG and Nagico our partners in this years Grand Raffle. The funds raised make an enormous difference in the lives of the scholarship students and the whole school benefits from the diversity and talent they bring to Cedar.’

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 fully loaded 2016 Tucson is a work of art, providing class-leading rigidity with new active safety features, advanced high strength steel which ensures top security for a smoother ride. The All-new Tucson is a true leader in performance and fuel efficiency to delivering an exhilarating and fun-to-drive experience. With features such as end-to-end sunroof, leather seats, LED daylight running lights, smart tailgate technology and much more, the winner of the raffle will truly enjoy Hyundai’s All-New 2016 Tucson offered by TAG.

Raffle tickets cost $50 each and are available from Cedar International School, TAG, Nagico and Captain Mulligans. Just 1000 tickets are available giving a 1 / 1000 chance of winning.
Selected quotes from scholarship recipients.

Re’Gahni Walters Grade 8

I’m glad to have the opportunity to come to Cedar because the IB program they provide for the students is a great program and it prepares you for college. In my future dreams and aspirations I want to be a lawyer and this will help me to achieve that.

Harsh Banthia Grade 9

I’m really happy that I got an opportunity to come to Cedar. This is my first year here and I think it’s going to play a very big part in my life. My dream is to become a professional tennis player and coming to this school will get me one step closer to my dream.

Megan Bhagwandas Grade 12

Cedar is a very supportive environment and I have gained confidence in sports and academically. I think in the near future when it’s time for me to go to college I’ll be better prepared and have all the skills I need. I want to thank Cedar for giving me this opportunity to learn more about myself, and more about the world around me.

Kosay Jabre Grade 12

I’m doing the IB, the International Baccalaureate. It’s a very challenging program, but I think it really does prepare us for University, and in the future I will be a much better college student because of it.

Shakima Fagan Grade 9

Coming to Cedar has given me many opportunities to pursue my arts, to develop skills in music, and the subjects that I have experienced here have been so much greater than I have ever experienced before. I hope that the IB program will help me to acquire a higher level of education after school.

Mykella D’Aguiar Grade 7

I’m new at Cedar and so far it’s a lot of work. I love that I learn Spanish and I enjoy all the clubs. I love the spacious environment. I want to be an aerospace engineer so I need to go to college. With the Maths and Science at Cedar I think I’m going to get there.
Mission Statement:

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.

For further information please contact: peter.clark@cedarschoolbvi.com

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