by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): In commemoration of the birth of Alexander Hamilton (January 11), the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society held a Tea Party at the Hamilton House.
The Alexander Hamilton Tea Party is held annually, and all proceeds from the event are used to fund the scholarship program established by the Trott family 57 years ago, in 1965. The scholarship supports each recipient during their time in Secondary School by purchasing uniforms, books, supplies and more. In return, the scholars are expected to give voluntary services at functions organised by the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society.
Former Director of the Historical and Conservation Society, and the current Junior Minister responsible for Community Affairs in the Nevis Island Administration, Hon Jahnel Nisbett, said much positivity is centred around the programme.
This Scholarship programme has been going since the 1960s. It’s almost 60 years. We’re getting there soon, and it has touched quite a number of Nevisian students over the decades. We have students who are now leaders, lawyers. Every aspect of society, this programme has benefitted by supporting these young people.”
According to Nisbett, the Alexander Hamilton Tea Party was on a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The scholarship programme was significantly impacted as the necessary funding was not available.
However, Nisbett is encouraging individuals to support the Scholarship Programme and do their part in ensuring that vulnerable students have the necessary resources conducive to learning.
“I would like to thank you for supporting this programme and encourage you to support it just a bit more, as much as you can. Feel free to make any additional donations to the programme because the students who are benefitting from this programme annually are those who are most in need. It’s not necessarily students who are excelling academically, but it’s to provide that essential support to those who do not have it and those who are gaining are now able to put that effort into their education as they don’t have to worry about gaining their basic needs.”
The Department of Community Affairs is the authority responsible for the selection of awardees. Anyone wishing to garner further information about the Alexander Hamilton Scholarship Programme or would like to contribute to the fund can visit the Museum of Nevis History or email firstname.lastname@example.org.