Rory Wilson, Izabella Arnold, Kioshi Burgess, Genoveva Edwards, Rhea Gibbons, Raven Pearman, and Jordan Renfroe were named the winners of the 2012 Capital G Inspiration Scholarship Awards today [Sept 13].
Ian Truran, President & CEO, Capital G Bank said: “We are very pleased to report that this year we received a sizable increase in the number of applicants to 28 and while we wished that we could recognize all applicants we unfortunately had to whittle it down to 7.
“Before recognizing the 7 scholarship awardees I thought that I would start with a quote from one of the greatest singers, song writers and entertainers of all times, the great Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley. Bob said simply “Some people feel the rain, others just get wet”
“I congratulate every one of the awardees for their passion to “feel the rain”. So many of us simply see rain as something that gets us wet. It is you, as artists, whether it is visual or performing arts, that help us understand that life experiences can be far more than that.
“There are very few opportunities for artistic support and development in Bermuda, hence the reason Capital G decided to introduce this scholarship in 2011 when we partnered with the Ministry of Education to introduce multiple ongoing programmes in support of Bermuda’s youth.
“The ‘Inspiration’ Scholarship’ is one part of a four-part youth development programme that was conceived to enhance the arts, early childhood development and sustainable giving,” concluded Mr Truran.
Minister of Education Dame Jennifer Smith said: “There are two things about which I am truly passionate: Young people and the Arts. So I was delighted when Capital G introduced the Inspirational Scholarships and I am just as delighted to join them today to participate in the awarding of the 2nd Annual Inspiration Scholarships.
“Of course the Arts are an essential part of our culture. They are as vital as breathing when it comes to communicating our feelings and our thoughts – our ideas and our dreams, now you see where the term inspiration comes from.
“It has been said that through the arts, we as individuals discover the meaning of life itself. From dance to music, from theatre to visual arts, the arts capture our essence… our purpose… and our world, through multi–media experiences that communicate and transcend all cultures and all languages.
“In this technological world, the Arts give us all – but especially the young – a means of self expression. I believe that it is imperative that we continue to support the next generation as they explore their creativity in all forms. And what better place to start than by supporting our young people who have excelled in the arts?
“As the Minister of Education, I know that the arts are as important as English, math and science. However, I also know that no Government can afford to support arts programming without the help of the private sector. To that end, I am thrilled that we have good corporate community partners like Capital G, to help us give those who are artistically gifted the necessary assistance to achieve their goals.
“So to Izabella, Kioshi, Rhea, Raven, Genoveva, Rory and Jordan – congratulations and well done – you should feel tremendously proud of yourselves. I am sure that your parents are proud of your accomplishments.
“Remember that your gifts and talents come with great responsibility. You are being given the opportunity to pursue your passion… study hard, do well, and above all return home to make your mark on Bermuda’s cultural arena. Best wishes and congratulations! And special thanks to Capital G Ltd. for creating this scholarship,” concluded Dame Jennifer.
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