PHILIPSBURG - This is the third year that Be The Change has granted educational scholarships to worthy students. The Erika Cannegieter DREAM BIG educational scholarship was initiated in memory of the founder of Be The Change, Erika Cannegieter- Smith. It is presented yearly on the occasion of her birthday, July 27.
This year Be The Change is pleased to announce two scholarship winners, James Brooks, and Mirian Pierre.
We received many applications and the choice was difficult but James and Marian represent two students who are dreaming big to further their education.
They both have worked hard and done well in school. They have shown themselves to be positive involved members of the community by volunteering in different organizations.
The awards were presented in a small ceremony at the Cultural Center.
James will be attending the University of St Maarten. James states “I will use this scholarship award wisely to further my education, so I can be one step closer to my dream as a psychologist.” He also states “I just want to thank the Be The Change Foundation for assisting me and helping me be one step closer to my dreams.”
Marian, who recently graduated from the University of St Maarten, will be attending Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia, Canada, in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree.
Marian stated that, “The value of education is something that I have understood since a very young age. She thanked Be The Change and stated “Push yourself beyond everything you think will stand in the way of you, your goals and all your dreams, because no one else will do it for you.”
Be The Change congratulates the winners and wishes them best luck in continuing their education and reaching their goals. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world.”