As if placing seventh out of 121 students in the 2015 Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Program wasn’t enough, 11-year-old Kaitlyn Francis had one more reward to collect just a day after graduating from Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) as valedictorian.
In a life filled with adversity, God was always in control. For the past year I have faced several obstacles that served to hinder my pursuit of a higher education. The journey has been difficult, but God has never led me astray; I believe that He indeed has a plan for my life. His favour has manifested in my life in the form of a collegial scholarship granted by Abaco Pathfinders.
Abaco Pathfinders was formed in 2001 and has generously awarded many Bahamian youths with a college education. Abaco Pathfinders‘ goal is to provide funds to enable deserving students from Abaco to continue their education after high school.
Six Grade 6 students from Abaco schools won a total of $12,000 in high school scholarship money at the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation's annual awards ceremony in Nassau recently. Every primary school in the Bahamas is invited to enter their top Grade 6 student in this competition each year. Students must not only excel in grade point average but leadership, church activities, community service, sports and extracurricular activities as well.
The Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Foundation in conjunction with the Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra presented its Symphony by the Sea concert at Abaco Inn in Hope Town on March 15 and Abaco Beach Resort’s Marquee on March 16.
In front of members of his family and coaches, in one of the classrooms of his former school, Abaco Central High School, Kevin Altidor signed the contract that will allow him to attend Young Harris College on a basketball scholarship. Kevin Altidor is a motivated young man who left Abaco in 2008 to attend CC Sweeting in Nassau for his last year of high school. He graduated in 2009.
On June 24, Pathfinders, the local scholarship organization, held its award recognition ceremony. Bringing remarks at the event were Leazona Richard, Jo-Ann Bradley and Michael Albury. This year eleven students received scholarships from the organization to further their education in this country and abroad. Students must maintain an average Grade Point Average of 2.5 or risk losing the scholarship.
Abaco Pathfinders held an auction event on March 22 at the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay on March 22. The event, which was well attended by second-home owners, aimed to raise funds for the scholarship foundation. Ten students were selected this year by the committee, each with their own struggles which they have overcome and each excelling to a level that demands recognition. Without the Pathfinders’ scholarship it is unlikely that either of the ten would be able to attend college.