Now, more than ever, it is important and possible to develop a wide and varied base of knowledge. Education and experience across seemingly unconnected disciplines is the way to become and remain competitive at the highest, global levels. Pursuing dual degrees is one way for Bahamians to achieve this for their own benefit, and the benefit of the country. A new student support award established at University of The Bahamas demonstrates a belief in that resilience and the positive impact that tertiary education has on human potential.
Solidified through a recently executed Memorandum of Understanding, the Meadows Family Student Support Award will fund scholarships for dual degree majors in the Business Studies, Liberal and Fine Arts, Pure and Applied Sciences, and Social and Educational Studies disciplines. The Meadows family has agreed to support the fund up to $25,000.
Senior Vice President, Audit Director at Bank of America (BofA) Kenyada Meadows, also a UB alum, made the gift on behalf of his family.
“This is a token of my gratitude, and as I have given lots of my time and some resources to organizations and to people and individuals here in the United States where I live, I certainly want to make sure that I never lose touch, and I haven’t lost touch with The Bahamas, certainly not on an individual level,” said Mr. Meadows, who is also a newly appointed director on the UB US Foundation. “More broadly, holistically, I wanted to do something that supports the country, that supports our young people and in particular our students.
“This is also an opportunity for me to honor my parents who obviously played an instrumental role at the most fundamental level in my life, but certainly in terms of instituting a love for education to really support the logic and discipline that’s associated with that.”
Mr. Meadows was once a young College of The Bahamas student and earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Accounting in 1998. He eventually attained in Master of Accountancy, as well as several finance-related licenses and certifications. Today he is a Certified Public Accountant.
He acknowledged the struggles and sacrifices that many college and university students must endure to fulfil their aspirations.
“I’m keenly aware of sacrifices that many people make—many of the students make, obviously the families make—in the quest for higher education,” said Mr. Meadows. “people working multiple jobs, doing without, having difficulty with transportation just to get to classes to honour themselves, honour their families, honour their education.”
UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith thanked Mr. Meadows for this gift, for supporting the academic pursuits of students and for memorializing the legacy of his parents.
“That the Meadows Family has decided to honour their patriarch and matriarch, both champions of education in The Bahamas, marries well with the University’s mission to support and drive national development through teaching, research, innovation and service to the community,” said Dr. Smith. “Providing greater access to tertiary education is also part of the mission of the University, and partnerships like this one significantly help to increase access.”
Mrs. Greta Meadows, commended her son for his giving in support of higher education.
“It has always been his desire to assist in some way with helping more of them to get the exposure that they need, and the resources that they need to break the cycle of not only poverty, but violence,” said Mrs. Meadows. “And so I’m happy that he has made this start, and I’m hoping that we can continue to build on it, so that we can help more of our young people.”
Mr. Dino Hernandez, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs at UB said the Meadows Family Student Support Award shows devotion to national development.
“It is a testament of your willingness to undergird the future leaders of our nation, and further position our students to make profound and lasting impacts and not only on The Bahamas but the world as we prepare our students for better lives in a global society,” Mr. Hernandez noted.
Scholars of the award are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and perform 16 hours of community service annually.