Be the Change grants education scholarships


Kaishah Peters of Be the Change Foundation standing with scholarship winners James Brooks and Marian Pierce on Tuesday.

PHILIPSBURG–Be The Change Foundation granted education scholarships to worthy students this week. The Erika Cannegieter DREAM BIG scholarship was initiated in memory of Be The Change founder Erika Cannegieter-Smith. It is presented annually on the occasion of her birthday, July 27.

  In its third year, Be The Change announced that James Brooks and Marian Pierce had won the scholarships.

  “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 organisations. The awards were presented in a small ceremony at the Cultural Centre,” according to a press statement from the foundation on Wednesday.

  Brooks will be attending University of St. Martin (USM). He said, “I will use this scholarship award wisely to further my education, so I can be one step closer to my dream as a psychologist. I just want to thank the Be The Change Foundation for assisting me and helping me be one step closer to my dreams.”

  Pierce, who recently graduated from USM, will be attending Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia, Canada, in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree. She said, “The value of education is something that I have understood since a very young age.”

  She thanked Be The Change and said, “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,” according to the Foundation press statement.

   Be The Change congratulated the winners and wished them best of 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.”

Source: The Daily Herald