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BTVI scholarship opportunity for former and current residents of Ranfurly

  • A minimum of four transitioning or former students of the Ranfurly Homes for Children will now have an opportunity to learn a trade at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) by way of a scholarship fund. The scholarship is the brainchild of BTVI’s president, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, and is spearheaded by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk, where current residents of the home worship. Seated from left are Ranfurly Homes Administrator Alexander Roberts, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk Reverend Byrn McPhail and BTVI President Dr. Robert W. Robertson. Standing in the second row from left are Kirk and Ranfurly Homes board member Linda Eldon, Ranfurly Homes President Alexandra Maillis-Lynch, kirk elder Margaret McKinney, Sigma Gamma Rho President Tanya Woodside and BTVI Associate Vice President of Fund Development Alicia Thompson. At rear from left are the kirk’s Management Committee Chairman Peter Bates; kirk elder Tim Lightbourn and Assistant Superintendent of Police and Chairman of the Bain and Grants Town Scholarship Fund Anthony Rolle. Photo: SHANTIQUE LONGLEY


Published: Apr 10, 2017

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A minimum of four transitioning or former residents of the Ranfurly Homes for Children will now have an opportunity to learn a trade at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) by way of a scholarship fund.

The scholarship fund is the brainchild of BTVI’s president, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, and is spearheaded by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk, where current residents of the homes worship. Already, other partners are coming onboard, including Sigma Gamma Rho sorority.

To qualify for the Kirk-Ranfurly Scholarship to attend BTVI, applicants will have to satisfy three criteria: each person must be a transitioning Ranfurly resident or a former Ranfurly resident; be in regular attendance at worship at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk; and possess and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Pegged at a collective $10,000 annually, kirk reverend Bryn McPhail said the response to the announcement has been encouraging.

“Since announcing it in church there have been generous contributions and pledges coming in. The impetus is because we care about these young people. We want to build into their lives not only spiritually, but help them along in life. This is also open to those who left Ranfurly years ago,” said Rev. McPhail.

Ranfurly’s administrator, Alexander Roberts, thanked the kirk members for their ongoing commitment to the homes.

“This level of commitment is refreshing, rewarding, encouraging. I hope the recipients will go on to make stellar contributions to society. Thanks to the kirk, BTVI and other partners, you are addressing the needs of society. With a good education and a good attitude, doors will open, making for a better society,” said Roberts.

Dr. Robertson, who said he would make a personal financial contribution to the fund, said he was pleased to assist.

“We at BTVI see the kirk as advocates — joining the fight for their future. Their lives are more tenuous because of their circumstances. However, we are grateful that Rev. McPhail and his congregation understand that education is the great equalizer. It is no secret that one has a better chance at succeeding in life with access to a good education,” said the BTVI president.

“To prospective scholarship recipients, it is at BTVI that you will learn a trade and earn a living. We are so pleased to be a partner in such a substantive way, but also contributing on a wider scale to national development.”

Corporate Bahamas is being encouraged to contribute to the fund as well; according to Rev. McPhail, any surplus will be given to the Bain and Grants Town Scholarship Fund, with which BTVI also partners.

 

 

 

 


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