Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Scholarship opportunity for former residents of children’s home

Seated from left to right are Ranfurly Homes’ Administrator, Alexander Roberts; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk Reverend Byrn McPhail; BTVI’s President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson. In the second from left to right are: Kirk and Ranfurly Homes’ Board member, Linda Eldon; Ranfurly Homes’ President, Alexandra Maillis-Lynch; Kirk Elder, Margaret McKinney; Sigma Gamma Rho President, Tanya Woodside and BTVI’s Associate Vice President of Fund Development, Alicia Thompson.  At the rear from left to right are: the Kirk’s Management Committee Chairman, Peter Bates; Kirk Elder, Tim Lightbourn and Assistant Superintendent of Police and Chairman of the Bain/Grants Town Scholarship Fund, Anthony Rolle. (Photo: Shantique Longley)

A minimum of four transitioning or former students of the Ranfurly Homes for Children will now have an opportunity to learn a trade at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) by way of a scholarship fund.

The brainchild of BTVI’s president, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, the fund is spearheaded by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk, where current residents presently worship. Already, other partners are coming onboard, including Sigma Gamma Rho sorority.

Pegged at a collective $10,000 annually, Kirk Reverend Bryn McPhail, said the response thus far has been encouraging.

“Since announcing it in church, there have been generous contributions and pledges coming in. The impetus is because we care about these young people. We want to build into their lives not only spiritually, but help them along in life. This is also open to those who left Ranfurly years ago,” said Reverend McPhail.

Ranfurly’s administrator, Alexander Roberts, extended a sincere thank you to the kirk for its ongoing commitment to the homes.

“This level of commitment is refreshing, rewarding, encouraging.  I hope the recipients will go on to make stellar contributions to society. Thanks to the Kirk, BTVI and other partners, you are addressing the needs of society.  With a good education and a good attitude, doors will open, making for a better society,” said Mr. Roberts.

Additionally, Dr. Robertson, who revealed that he will be making a personal financial contribution to the fund, noted that he is pleased to assist.

“We, at BTVI, see the Kirk as advocates…joining the fight for their future.  Their lives are more tenuous because of their circumstances.  However, we are grateful that Reverend McPhail and his congregation understand that education is the great equalizer.  It is no secret that one has a better chance at succeeding in life with access to a good education,” said Dr. Robertson.

“To prospective scholarship recipients, it is at BTVI that you will learn a trade and earn a living.  We are so pleased to be a partner in such a substantive way, but also contributing on a wider scale to national development,” he added.

Meanwhile, corporate Bahamas is being encouraged to contribute to the fund as well and according to Reverend McPhail, any surplus will be given to the Bain and Grants Town Scholarship Fund of which BTVI also partners.

BTVI President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, greets Kirk and Ranfurly Homes’ Board member, Linda Eldon, as BTVI’s Associate Vice President of Fund Development, Alicia Thompson, looks on. (Photo: Shantique Longley)

BTVI’s President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson has a chat with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk’s Reverend Bryn McPhail before the scholarship initiative for transitioning and former residents of the Ranfurly Homes for Children was announced. (Photo: Shantique Longley)

A grateful administrator of the Ranfurly Homes for Children, Alexander Roberts, expresses appreciation to those who have come forth and contributed to the future of transitioning and former residents.  Shown from left to right are Mr. Roberts; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk’s Reverend Bryn McPhail and BTVI’s President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson. (Photo: Shantique Longley)

Shantique Longley | Public Relations Assistant
Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute
P.O. Box N-4934 | Old Trail Road, Nassau, Bahamas