Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017. 10:36 a.m. CST.
My name is Tanya Bowen and I am a 29 year old single mom. I grew up in a small village with six brothers and 2 sisters. I dropped out of primary school at the age of fourteen because of social and financial difficulties.
At the age of 24 I became pregnant with my son who is now 5 years old. I gave birth on March 10, 2012 and my Common-Law husband was brutally gunned-down May 27th, 2012, leaving me to be the only caregiver for my son. Growing up as a child my life was never the best but I was blessed with the most valuable thing that God could give to humanity, and that was life! I learned from my mistakes as a journey through life. In 2010 I realized that I wanted to do something constructive with my life, and that was when I joined the Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP).
At that time I had no idea where I was in life and where I wanted to go, my life was a struggle. When I entered the YAP Program I was at a “standard five level education”. I had all the academic struggles many young people faces today. Despite all that, I embrace my struggles because I realize that the same things that society refers to as “weakness” was my only strength.
Through the YAP Program I was able to go back to school where I manage to get my GED through the Gwen Lizaragga High School Evening Division. I was so happy, because out of my nine siblings I was the only one to get a formal education at this level.
During my six months in the program I developed a passion for social work so I decide to go back to school and study in that field. I believe it will be very beneficial to me and my country. My life journey has definitely not been easy, but all my sacrifice and dedication is paying off. With all that was said, my career goal is to obtain a master degree in the field of Social Work so that I would be able to work towards the changes I wish to see in my community.
In August, 2017 she was granted the UB President Scholars’ Program Tuition Scholarship. She wrote to UB President Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat and told him “I am sincerely honored to have been selected as a recipient of this scholarship, which will help me to continue my Social Work studies at the University of Belize. To be honest, this scholarship will play a key role in achieving my educational dreams, while making a positive impact within my community.
Because of your generosity, the financial burden placed on me to pursue my education will be reduced.
Your act of kindness made an incredible difference in my life as well as my family’s. So thank you again for this life changing opportunity, it means more than I can say.
Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift.
UB has recently developed an endowment fund under the newly installed President, Clement Sankat. The first scholarship fundraising initiative is a “thank you” for your contribution to assist the future leaders of our nation.
The “UB 1st President’s All-Inclusive Endowment Fete” is on September 17th, 2017 at the Birds Isle. When you purchase your ticket, you help students and help to build the nation while having fun. The price includes: food, drinks and a guarantee to hear more stories from young students who appreciate the assistance they have been given.
If you want to read more stories such as Tanya Bowen’s in the future, contribute to the University of Belize Development & Endowment Fund By making a deposit to UB Scotia Account number: 9138989.
You can also support the scholarship initiative while having fun. Purchase a ticket to attend the UB 1st President Endowment Fete on September 17th, 2017. The Soca event is a fundraiser that will give scholarships to well deserving Belizeans.
It is sponsored by Best Western Biltmore, Scotia Bank, UB, Travellers, BTB, LoveFM and The Guardian. Tickets are available at all Scotia Bank Branches countrywide, UB offices and BECOL in Cayo.
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