The University of Belize (UB) under the leadership of Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat has established a UB President Scholars’ Program Scholarship for students who excel academically. The first award was given yesterday, September 13, 2017 to Ms. Dianera Shol at the Central Farm Campus of the University. Ms. Shol, who is from San Pedro Columbia, Toledo is pursuing an Associate Degree in Applied Agriculture. The scholarship gives her the opportunity to complete the Associate degree in two years including a three hundred dollars ($300) book grant per semester.
Ms. Shol was formally recognized in a small ceremony accompanied by her classmates, faculty and staff as well as the Campus Administrator, Dr. Gordon Holder, of Central Farm Campus and Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Jean Perriott. Professor Clement Sankat congratulated Dianera and expressed his interest in assisting more students. Special guests included Senator Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration and Mr. Jose Alpuche, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture. Sen. Hon. Hulse addressed the students and encouraged them to continue in their field of food and agriculture and contribute to Belize’s development. He emphasized the importance of agribusiness development and marketing.
Professor Sankat’s vision is to expand the scholarship program so that more students who excel academically can attain higher education at UB. It is with this in mind that the University will have the First President’s All Inclusive Endowment Fete on Sunday starting at 3:00 p.m. at Bird’s Isle which includes music, food and drinks. The proceeds of the fete will go towards the Scholarship Endowment Fund.