PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) and The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. (WIB) have joined forces to provide aspiring dancers with an opportunity to further their studies abroad in the realm of dance.
Having noticed that there are limited scholarship options on St. Maarten for young persons seeking to pursue performing arts after secondary school, the annual WIB Performing Arts Scholarship aims to make a significant impact on the lives of its recipients.
“Over the years, WIB has received a number of donation requests from persons seeking financial assistance to participate in various dance programs. In the past we have supported a number of these ventures but we wanted to be able to provide a structural way to support the arts and felt that an annual scholarship award would be a great way to do so,” said WIB General Managing Director Mr. Derek Downes.
Explaining the partnership further, SMDF Managing Director Makhicia Brooks explained that the scholarship will be an extension of the Fund’s relationship with WIB. “WIB was SMDF’s first private sector partner and we were thrilled when we heard of the idea for the scholarship as it is a creative example of a private sector partner committing to social change,” said Brooks.