Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2019. 3:50 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: A local boy made good is finally giving back.
Belize City Councilor Micah Goodin says yesterday’s event was a “celebration” – of the 43 tertiary level students who received $500 scholarships; of the partnerships forged, especially with residents who bought barbecues over the summer and of Mayor Bernard Wagner, who matched the funds, and of his own dream, hatched in the ashes of unfortunately losing his own scholarship in 2013, to give back in honor of the Old Capital that raised him.
For that reason, Goodin said the selection process was “needs-based”, identified through the city’s People’s United Party (PUP) standard bearers and sitting area representatives whom he consulted as to those most in need.
“For me, it was always a dream; it was always something I wanted to do, to give back to this city, because this city made me who I am, this city educated me,” Goodin told us, paying tribute to his helpers such as Anthony Mahler, who made sure he survived.
The next step is fundraising – Goodin’s target next year is $50,000 and eventually, enough for full scholarships to cover the total cost of a degree. For now, he estimates the $500 to cover tuition-related expenses; just the start to ease the burden.
“I think with the support of Mayor Wagner and my Council, and the support of the business community and the everyday citizens of the city, I can do it; it’s possible,” Goodin said.
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