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BHL Rewards Nine Students for Academic Excellence

October 18, 2018

The children of nine Banks Holdings Limited (BHL) employees have received academic scholarships, each valued at BBD $1,000, through the company’s revamped Academic Excellence Recognition Programme. 

The programme is a merit-based scholarship that is awarded to the children of permanent staff under three categories: Excellence in the Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Examinations, Excellence in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination and Excellence in University Entrance examinations. It is an expansion of the BHL Staff Scholarship programme, launched in 2007, which rewarded outstanding secondary school students. 

Group People Manager, Lisa Ridley Paul, highlighted the importance of the programme, which is also executed by BHL’s parent company, AB InBev, in many of its territories. “Academic excellence opens a number of doors to our young people, allowing them to explore their gifts and expand their horizons,” she said. “This is why we feel that this programme is incredibly important for our community at this time.”   

One awardee, Jamila Williams, is a first year Accounting and Finance student of the University of the West Indies. She was honoured to be named a recipient of the programme. “I worked incredibly hard during the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), so it feels really good to be rewarded for all my hard work. My parents are also very happy and proud because they supported me throughout this entire process.” 

A maximum of fifteen scholarships can be awarded under the Academic Excellence Recognition Programme every year. The funds are used to assist students with tuition fees, the purchase of textbooks as well as extra lessons, as required. 

Country Manager at Banks Holdings Limited, Jose Infante (left) and Group People Manager, BHL, Lisa Ridley Paul (second from right), hand over a cheque to the recipients of the BHL Academic Excellence Recognition Programme.