Our student body is comprised solely of inner city youth who show a desire for tertiary education and beyond, but who, but for The Chance Foundation, would not have any real opportunity beyond a public high school education. As a part of their accountability, every student is required to sign a formal Covenant committing themselves, among other things, to helping others in the way that they have been helped by The Chance Foundation. Some of our graduates have returned as peer mentors to other students. Others have helped their peers to find employment.
While we are committed to funding their tertiary education, students are required to invest in their own education by paying a small portion of the expenses of their education.
The Chance Foundation Scholarship is different from many other scholarships in that it gives at-risk students the tools needed to succeed in tertiary education beyond just a cheque. As evidenced by this mentorship program, The Chance Foundation focuses on the holistic development of its recipients.
When I was initially approached by the organization, I was a bit reluctant at first. I wondered if I truly had enough experience to commit to such a serious task. I am glad I went with my better judgment and accepted the role. My experience as a mentor with the Chance Foundation is one I will never forget. During the time spent with my mentee, I have learned so much not only about him, but discovered many qualities about myself.
One great aspect of the program is that the Chance Foundation will try to match you as best as possible with a mentee. My mentee was not only close in age but was pursuing a degree very similar to mine, so we had a lot in common. I believe this allowed us to quickly bond and gain each other’s trust.
Having someone depend on you, and look up to you as an example is a heavy responsibility and has challenged me to always be my best self. The best tactic I’ve learned in being a good mentor is to stop trying and just be. You may not be able to solve all your mentee’s problems, but just being there is sometimes enough. The memories I’ve forged and lessons I’ve learnt, I will cherish forever! I am thankful for this opportunity from the Chance Foundation for mutual enrichment.
Being a mentor for The Chance Foundation has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It has given me an opportunity to impart my knowledge as well as to encourage and motivate youth towards achieving their goals and dreams. Simultaneously, I was inspired by my mentee, Tyshanna Glinton. Her passion for learning and teaching were contagious. I found myself studying and researching more, just to keep up with her. Tyshanna is an exceptional student and a dynamic young lady who cultivates an attitude of success daily. What impresses me the most about her is her spirit of resiliency. She is more than a conqueror and it is a blessing and an honour to be her mentor.
My name is Samantha Saunders, a recipient of the Chance Foundation’s Scholarship. This opportunity impacted my life in the most positive and beneficial way imaginable. The Foundation gave me a “Chance” to strive for excellence despite my situation. They did everything possible to assist me and I would be more than willing to return the favor to this remarkable organization. Ms. Iris Strachan is my mentor who constantly checks in on me and interacts with me, making me feel as if it is a privilege to assist me. Ms. Ann Smith receives calls from me because of things I may need and despite it all, every call is answered and every request is executed. Both of these wonderful and striving ladies are determined to aid me in making the best of my situation, all thanks to the Chance Foundation for assigning these ladies to me. I never thought I would’ve been at a college, but I didn’t go to a college, I’m now at the University of The Bahamas. You shouldn’t allow your past to determine your future. Make it change now with the Chance Foundation Scholarship opportunity.
I am from North Andros and the eldest of 5 children. I am a 2017 graduate of The Huntley Christie High School. Now studying Cosmetology at Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute.I always wanted to be a wedding planner and decided that by learning to do hair I could perform additional services and perhaps one day even open my own salon.
I am only able to pursue my dream because of the support of The Chance Foundation. While in High School, my Guidance Counsellor told me about several scholarships available. I applied and the Chance Foundation responded. I felt enthusiastic and very shocked that I was about to receive a scholarship and I then moved to Nassau to attend BTVI so that I could pursue my dream. So far The Chance Foundation has assisted with tuition, books, uniforms and my cosmetology kit. Without them I could not have done it. I would probably have been working and trying to save money for school. Thanks to their help I am able to stay on track with my classes. I am very grateful and I know that I will do well so that they can see that they did not make a mistake by selecting me.
I would like to thank The Chance Foundation for allowing me the opportunity to further my education and accomplish my goals. I am where I am today because of The Chance Foundation. My vision was to go off to college and study marine engineering and became a seaman. I now work for a major tug boat company. Thanks to The Chance Foundation I hold a number of certificates, which certify me to work anywhere in the world. The Foundation has played a major role in my life and I cannot thank them enough for believing in me and giving me the chance to excel.
My relationship with The CHANCE Foundation has been a learning experience. I am the first to receive the Bartlett Award and it has changed my life. I have built good relationships with different people from different walks of life including the heads of different departments in BTVI and they are always helping me in my quest for a better life. The CHANCE Foundation has given me the opportunity to learn a trade at Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute which I enjoy. My mentor, Mr. Smith, is always encouraging me and I will always be grateful to The CHANCE Foundation.
It all started at my high school graduation where most of my classmates had a plan for what they would do next. Sadly, I did not have a plan because my mother did not have the money to send me to college and did not know about life after high school. After graduation my guidance counselor was standing at the door with a scholarship sign-up sheet. I thought there was no chance for me because of how poorly I did on my BGCSEs. But I signed up and later got a call that the Chance Foundation had accepted me. I was so surprised and happy to get the good news that I was given a chance to better my life. The Chance Foundation gave me a scholarship to Bahamas Baptist Community College to do my college prep classes. The Chance Foundation held meetings every so often where I met my first Mentor, Ms. Fran Dillett. She is a lovely intelligent lady who was always there to listen and a shoulder to cry on. Later I got another Mentor, Mikhail Bullard. We met at the end of every week and because of the help of my Mentors I was able to pass my English class. I progressed to study at University of The Bahamas where I chose Nursing as my major and The Chance Foundation agreed to stick with me though the journey. Without the Foundation and my Mentors I could not have made it this far.
- Ann to get from current students (Tyshanna Glinton (BBC), Giovanni Williams (UB), William Cleare (UB); Shonthonique Smith (SC); Leondra Jenkins & Patrick Brown (BTVI)
- Student video
Receiving a scholarship from The Chance Foundation has given me the opportunity to further my dream to become a preschool educator. I am very thankful for this thoughtful gift which is a ‘CHANCE’ – a chance to achieve and succeed despite my circumstances. While being a proud recipient of this prestigious award I really admire the fact that each individual was assigned to a mentor. My mentor, Mrs. Wanda Cooper, has been a positive role model and has encouraged me to do my best each school semester. She has truly been a blessing to me and my family.
Financial assistance was not the greatest gift bestowed upon me by the Chance Foundation. The greatest gift in fact, was Keiron Greene and Ms. Ann Smith. To ensure that I remain successful, the Foundation has provided me with the unyielding support of Ms. Smith and my mentor, Keiron. Ms. Smith was always a mere phone call away, and just speaking to her sometimes was enough to make me feel better about anything. She was always available! Keiron has been instrumental to my academic success. If it were not for him, I doubt that I would have achieve the academic heights he pushed me to reach. Even when I wanted to give up, he never gave up on me. Keiron has reassured me time and time again to believe in myself, giving me the strength I needed to do the things I must. Both Keiron and Ms. Smith are gifts, because their unwavering support has had major contributions to who I am now and who I am becoming. They are a huge part of my story!
The pursuit of my dream to become a Certified Public Accountant has become more of a reality for me thanks to the Chance Foundation which is more than just a means of academic financial assistance, but rather a beacon of hope whose bright light shines through the despair of darkness. To me, “hope” is the only way to see and spell out the shimmering light when surrounded by darkness. “Hope” is what the Chance Foundation means to me.