Halo Hero Scholarship Recipient Pursues Medicine After Excelling With First Degree Honours

(1) Ariana Joseph with President of St.Mary’s University, Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray.

Ariana Joseph, the first recipient of the Henley & Partners Hero Scholarship managed by the Halo Foundation, is scheduled to return to Antigua to continue medical studies at the American University of Antigua.  She recently graduated from St Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada as valedictorian in the Faculty of Science, and plans to specialize in the field of general cardiothoracic surgery upon completion of her doctoral certification in medicine.

Ariana obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Biology, and attained the 2018/2019 Dean’s List Award for high academic standing. She remarked that her experience at university over the past four years was “quite rewarding”,  and that she was” intrigued by the mixture of cultures, educational opportunities, and the ability to meet a plethora of individuals with different personalities. “ She also spoke of her proudest moments since her journey began, which included participation in cutting edge biomedical research, as well as authoring and co-authoring three peer-reviewed articles and spearheading a conference proceeding. Additionally, she was chosen as a presenter at three regional conferences and obtained the CIC award for ” Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation”.   She was the President and Co-Founder of the Saint Mary’s Optics Society.

The scholarship was fully funded by Henley & Partners –  “The global leaders in citizenship and planning” – in collaboration with the Halo Foundation in 2016. The collaboration was aimed at funding and managing university studies abroad for students who were both academically sound and had demonstrated acts of heroism and/or humanitarianism. The full annual scholarship, which is exclusive to the Saint Mary’s University, covered all student-related costs including tuition, accommodation and meals, medical and dental insurance, books, warm clothing, subsistence, local bus transportation and a return air ticket from Antigua to Halifax each year during the four years of study.  To date, the opportunity to pursue both full and tuition-only scholarships at St. Mary’s has been granted to five young Antiguan & Barbudan students.

Ariana and family at Government House with GG Sir Rodney Williams, Lady Williams and Gaye Hechme

Ariana’s graduation as valedictorian in the Faculty of Science, marks the culmination of all of the hard work and effort she put into her four (4) years at St. Mary’s University. Henley & Partners is proud of Ariana; her intelligence, hard work, ambition and success. She has made us all extremely proud, and we are happy to have been able to help set Ariana on her journey toward becoming a surgeon. We congratulate her on her progress.

Henley & Partners has a long-standing humanitarian tradition. Being able to give scholarships to young deserving Antiguan and Barbudan students serves to empower youth by enabling them to achieve their ambitions, while assisting with nation building, as many scholarship recipients give back to the society that supported them.

President and Founder of The Halo Foundation, Her Excellency Lady Williams said that she is extremely proud of Ariana’s achievements.  She said, “During her four years, Ariana maintained an average GPA of 3.68. This is a testimony of exactly what the scholarship was meant to do  –  to ensure that students are able to reach their full potential without being bogged down by massive financial burden.”  Lady Williams explained that the Halo Hero Humanitarian Award bestowed to Ariana Joseph at Government House in 2017 exemplified her charitable and compassionate accomplishments.

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  1. Congratulations to you young lady. Continue to make yourself, your family and your country proud. Keep God first in your life.

  2. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “The revolution and women’s liberation go together. We do not talk of women’s emancipation as an act of charity or out of a surge of human compassion. It is a basic necessity for the revolution to triumph.” – Capitaine Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara, The Upright Man, revolutionary, pan-Africanist theorist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987!

    Congrats to Ms. Ariana Joseph, Valedictorian for the Bachelor of Science 2020 Graduation Class at St Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada! “How we adapt to the inevitability of change will dictate whether we succeed or fail, whether we grow or stagnate, whether we shine or shrink.” – Her Excellence Lady Sandra Williams!


    Give Praise and thanks to Ariana’s parents, family, friends, The Halo Foundation, Henley and Partners and the GoAB! (1/2)

    In response to the plaudits for another Antigua and Barbuda Graduate Valedictorian at St. Mary’s University (SMU) the above URL link and comments were provided to inform all of Ariana’s similar success and to listen to the oratory of both female graduates! This mere voice in the wilderness wondered why both Magnificent Achievements of Excellence were not celebrated jointly but refused to call the Editor out and just added the URL link to inform the People of African Descent! In another comment more background information was provided not only on the success that many Antigua and Barbuda graduates had also enjoyed at this Canadian Institution but more importantly the linkages to Philanthropy and Scholarship, Education and National Growth and Development!

    De Bust at Da Bridge conceded that “we are not a reading people!” Does that still pertain! You be Da Judge!

    Your indulgence is requested to include the other comments and to add more heft and glory to Ariana’s and Jennaecia’s successes in this most difficult period when The Rock and all about are being buffeted by the wantonness of “Rona!” with the “Second Coming” of “Covid19” and “TS20” approaching! The next para of the previous comment is telling as it shows the perception of many Caribbean brothers and sisters! Why continue to feed the beast of Ignorance! Quit attacking the National Messengers! Read The Messages!

    ‘“The reasons why the OECS is struggling to get to the level, where the other developed islands are, has to do with the fact that the community of graduates, the community of professionally trained people with skills development has held back the sub-region and therefore we need to align the creation of the skills, the creation of the professional training with the structures of the economy!” A CARICOM Higher Education Administrator (2019)!

    ‘“Oh Gad!” – Joanne Hillhouse! Have Mercy Pon Us!

    “It has been said that Saint Mary’s University (SMU) has graduated, since the 70’s, more Antigua and Barbuda Students than any other institution, up to and including the end of the 20th Century! Here are a few from Lady Williams Class of 1986, awarded a Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa in 2019, Dr. Joey John, Mr. Martin Camacho, Dr. Errol Cort and his two sisters, Hazel and Sharon, who made history when all three graduated in the same class ’78, Dr. Dane Abbott, Mrs. Joann Boulos-Callias, Ms Ariel Boulos-Callias The late UN Ambassador Dr. Jon Ashe, Ms. Josina Luke, Mr. Paul Walter, Mr. Derrick Browne, Ms. Vonnette Phillips, Mr. Wordsworth Batt, Mr Charles Tabor, Mr. Willis Jacobs, Dr. Elric Winter, Dr. James Francis! The Late Mr. VanRoy Tobitt, Mr. Foster Lyne a Lecturer at the Institution, Mr. Andre Edwards, Mr. Rudolph Davis, Madame Ann-Marie Layne, Consul General, Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Edmond A Mansoor and many others too numerous to mention!

    “Lady Sandra Williams, wife of Antigua and Barbuda’s Governor General Sir Rodney Williams and also the president of the Halo Foundation, a charity they founded together in 2014, which aims to provide opportunities for the betterment of people living in Antigua and Barbuda, with a particular focus on youth, has established scholarships for young people to attend Saint Mary’s University! She was able to
    secure Henley & Company, a global citizenship advisory firm, as the scholarship sponsor!

    “Minister Michael Browne, MoEST secured a Partnership Agreement for ABIIT with St. Mary’s University, initiated by a SMU Alumnus in 2014, developed by a St. Lucia/Canadian Professor at SMU, and, Executed by Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, president and vice-chancellor of Saint Mary’s University in Antigua in 2017!

    “The Library Building and the Entrance Sign on the Campus of the 217 year old University were Project Engineered and Project Managed by an Antigua and Barbuda Engineer in 1974/75!

    ‘“Humankind does not submit passively to the power of nature. It takes control over this power. This process is not an internal or subjective one. … The importance of dialectical materialism lies in going beyond the inherent limits of biology, rejecting simplistic theories about our being slaves to the nature of our species, and, instead, placing facts in their social and economic context.” ― Capitaine Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara, The Upright Man!” JF II 05232920!

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