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Juriquel Thompson presented with Bahamian Icon Rising Star Scholarship Grant

  • ICON: Juriquel Thompson, recipient of the 2013 Bahamian Icon Rising Star scholarship, left, with College of The Bahamas president, Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze, center, and Addis T. Huyler, founder and executive producer of The Bahamian Icon Awards.

Published: Oct 09, 2013

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An academically exceptional student at The College of The Bahamas Northern Bahamas Campus in Grand Bahama was the first recipient of The Bahamian Icon Rising Scholars Award, a scholarship funded primarily through the efforts of The Bahamian Icon Awards Organizing Committee which honors excellence and inspiring achievement in The Bahamas.

Juriquel Thompson was selected to receive the merit award presented annually to a full-time COB student enrolled in an undergraduate degree program with a minimum grade point average of 3.00. Juriquel, who epitomizes academic excellence and leadership, received the award on Wednesday, October 2 from Addis T. Huyler, founder and executive producer of The Bahamian Icon Awards, and COB administrators.

“The Bahamian Icon Awards Organization is incredibly pleased to present this award to Ms. Juriquel Thompson, a Northern Bahamas Campus second-year student majoring in social work. Ms. Thompson, currently has a 3.58 grade point average and aspires to open a home for at-risk women and the elderly,” said Huyler.

“It is very important for us, as an organization, to not only recognize outstanding Bahamians, but also to use our platform to significantly affect the lives of future icons in a very tangible way. ”

Thompson was honoured and pleased to have been selected for the award, which will allow her to fulfil her higher education goals.

“I was so surprised when I received the call saying I had received the scholarship. I was really praying for a scholarship and God answered my prayers,” she said.

The College of The Bahamas president, Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze, applauded the Bahamian Icon Award Organizing Committee for its philanthropy and investment in the future of The Bahamas.

“It is a real a privilege for The College of The Bahamas to partner with you on the establishment of the Bahamian Icon Rising Star Scholarship. The college is in the business of helping young people fulfill their dreams and to reach their potential. So this award is a great personification of those dreams coming true,” Vogel-Boze noted.

The Bahamian Icon Rising Star Scholars program is funded by part proceeds from The Bahamian Icon Awards. The inaugural event was held July 13, 2013 at the Independence Ballroom of Sheraton Cable Beach Resort where icons were honoured in 10 different categories. The next event will be held on July 12, 2014.

About The Bahamian Icon Awards:

The Bahamian Icon Awards acknowledges the exemplary achievements of men and women who have excelled in various industries thus contributing to the overall development of the Bahamian community.

The awards are presented annually to outstanding Bahamians in numerous industries in the community. Its mission is to provide an achievable goal that inspires and encourages consistent efforts to achieve excellence and the fostering of good will. For more information visit www.bahamianiconawards.com.

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