First rising star!

By Nina Laing, FN Reporter

A local student at the northern campus of The College of The Bahamas (COB) became the first recipient of the Bahamian Icon Rising Star Scholarship Grant. 

Juriquel Thompson, a second-year student majoring in Social Work, was awarded the merit last week for academic excellence. 

Thompson said the honor was unexpected, but she is thrilled to have received the grant to assist with her education. 

“I was so surprised when I received the call saying I had received the scholarship. I was really praying for a scholarship and God answered my prayers,” she said.

The Bahamian Icon Rising Star Scholarship Grant is slated to become an annual award presented to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in COB who have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0. The grant is primarily funded through proceeds raised by the Bahamian Icon Awards Organizing Committee. 

Founder and Executive Producer of the Bahamian Icon Awards Addis Huyler said Thompson, who boasts a 3.58 GPA and aspires to open a home for at-risk women and the elderly, was well-deserving of the award. 

"The Bahamian Icon Awards Organization is incredibly pleased to present this award to Ms. Juriquel Thompson,” Huyler said. 

“We want to make sure that persons that receive the scholarship are not just your average students but those exceptional students that display iconic qualities and will hopefully go on to become the future leaders in our society.”

Huyler said he is proud of the initiative and looks forward to a continued partnership with COB in creating opportunities for academic growth in the nation’s youth. 

“The Bahamian Icon Rising Star Scholarship is one that was created in order to take the platform that we’ve created with the Bahamian icon awards and tangibly affect the lives of those future icons that we have growing up. So it’s a partnership that we’ve formed with the College of the Bahamas.”

COB President Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze commended the Bahamian Icon Award Organizing Committee for its contribution and investment in the future of The Bahamas.

She deemed it a privilege to partner with the committee in establishing the scholarship and said the award would be instrumental in assisting young Bahamians to pursue their higher education goals.

“The College is in the business of helping young people fulfill their dreams and to reach their potential. So this award is a great personification of those dreams coming true,” Vogel-Boze said.

The Bahamian Icon Awards was created a year ago to create a platform to recognize Bahamians nationwide who are committed to excellence, Huyler said.

The inaugural Bahamian Icon Awards was held on July 13 at the Independence Ballroom of the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort.

Several notable Bahamians were honored in 10 different categories.  Among the nominees were a number of Grand Bahamians including Reach Out Ministries Founder Dudley Siede and ZNS Sportscaster Ricardo Lightbourne.

Next year’s event is scheduled for July 12.