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History of the Foundation

2006 The 60th Queen of the Bay Carrie Wong K Scholarship Foundation was created to assist high school students experiencing financial hardships but still wanted to graduate. It was the brainchild of Carrie Emerald who in her own struggle to acquire tertiary education, encountered fellow students who, though brilliant, did not have financial resources to continue their educational journey. This was extremely painful to Carrie who made a commitment to herself, that given a chance, she would certainly try to make a difference, she sincerely believes that empowerment through education is the only way to strengthen our nation.

Competing and winning the Title of Queen of The Bay 2005-2006 gave her the platform and opportunity she needed to pursue her ambition. Under the auspices of the Queen of the Bay Committee, a Queen’s Ball and scholarship fundraising committee was established to implement Her Gracioness design.

In September 2006, a Queen's Ball was held in Belize City.  Some profit from the Ball was donated to the Queen of the Bay Committee to aid with tuition for a couple young ladies.  Revenue from journal advertisement was used to cover  initial expenses of setting up the Scholarship Foundation and to assist a few high school students with tuition expenses.

2010 In November 2010, Carrie Emerald`s grandmother Carrie Fairweather-Belgrave, popular actress and poet from Belize, released her book “Parchment Pages: Speak to me in Poetry” and the DVD “A remarkable woman” and donated all sales revenues to the Carrie Wong K Scholarship Foundation and two other charities.

2011 In January 2011, Carrie Fairweather-Belgrave died. In the same month, the Carrie Wong K Scholarship Foundation was officially registered as a non-profit. The beneficiaries of the Foundation shall be high school aged (10yrs-16yrs) Belizean children from households of single or double income not exceeding 12,000 BZ$/year.
It is planned that by the end of the year, at least 10 high school tuition scholarships will have been funded.

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it. Marian Wright Edelman