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$50,000 Endowment To Support Higher Education for Mature Females
President of The College of The Bahamas, Dr. Betsy Boze receives a cheque for $50,000 from members of the Zonta Club of New Providence for the establishment of the Betty Kelly Kenning Memorial Endowment. From left: Ms. Melanie Roach; Ms.Ingrid Culmer, Zonta Club; Ms. Katherine Elsa, niece of Betty Kelly Kenning; Mrs. Ellmae Davis, President Zonta Club of New Providence; Dr. Betsy Boze, College President; Ms. Willamae Johnson, College Librarian and Ms. Cherise Archer, Zonta Club.
27 September 2012
Despite her passing two years ago, entrepreneur, philanthropist and humanitarian, Betty Kelly Kenning, OBE, continues to impact the lives of Bahamian women. A new endowment established in her honour at The College of The Bahamas will perpetually fund the higher education pursuits of mature female students.
On Monday, September 24th, the Zonta Club Club of New Providence contributed $50,000 for the creation of The Zonta Club of New Providence Betty Kelly Kenning Memorial Endowment and Scholarship. What's special about this particular donation is that it was a gift to the Zonta Club from Kelly Kenning herself, part of her bequest at the time of her passing. The scholarship will benefit a mature female student - at least 25 years old - who has earned an Associate's degree and wants to pursue a Bachelor's degree.
Mrs. Ellamae Davis, President of the Zonta Club of New Providence, recognised the life changing value of the gift to The College. She was also pleased that the organization could continue to help advance the education of mature Bahamian women while simultaneously honouring Mrs. Kelly Kenning's legacy.
"For many years the club struggled to find a project worthy of the trust Mrs. Kenning placed in us. We came to the realization that education is the foundation to improve the legal, political, economic, health and professional status of women. Our research also showed that the vast majority of education scholarships were geared towards younger, full-time students," Mrs. Davis explained.
College President Dr. Betsy Boze and Mrs. Ellamae Davis, President of the Zonta Club of New Providence, sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Zonta Club of New Providence Betty Kelly Kenning Memorial Endowment.
"To this end, the Zonta Club of New Providence has established with The College of The Bahamas an endowment to fund a scholarship for women 25 years and older, who are full-time students at The College. It is our intention, that this first scholarship is only the first phase of a long-standing relationship with The College," she added.
The Zonta Club of New Providence honoured Mrs. Kelly Kenning as one of its Living Legends in 1999. She was one of the country's first elite female swimmers and a loyal advocate for the further development of the sport. Her giving was also legendary. She contributed her time and finances to worthy causes and charities. She also served as President of the Bahamas Humane Society.
Ms. Katherine Elsa fondly recalled her aunt's profound support for education and women.
"Aunt Betty was a wonderful woman who didn't really enjoy being admired in public and was an unsung hero. I am well aware of Aunt Betty's philanthropic and financial endeavors to various charities and organisations throughout The Bahamas, but it never ceases to amaze me how many lives she touched," she said.
"It is no surprise to me that Aunt Betty contributed to the Zonta Club in life and in death. The scholarship fund that has been created is something that I think Aunt Betty would truly be proud of. She supported women and she supported education and I think the use of her contribution is quite fitting," she added.
The endowment is the first at The College that specifically targets mature female learners. President of The College, Dr. Betsy Boze thanked the Zonta Club for its special gift to the institution.
"We are thankful that you have decided to honour Mrs. Kennings' legacy with the establishment of this endowment fund and the scholarships that it will fund in perpetuity. This scholarship is the first of its kind, as it caters specifically to mature female students. We are proud to partner with Zonta in helping to fulfill their vision of advancing the educational status of Bahamian women," she said.
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