Steelpan scholars appeal for funds

TT – “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

That quote by Scottish writer and poet Robert Louis Stevenson is posted on the crowdfunding donor wall of three T&T scholars, at Northern Illinois University (NIU) Joshua Bedeau, Jalen Charles and Roshunda Dorset-Headley, who are desperately trying to raise funds to cover their tuition.

All three are pursuing degrees with specialisation in steelpan performance at NIU.

The programme is one of the most renowned and respected in the world but the trio, who are in their first semester has already racked up late-payment fees and are struggling to raise US$10,000 to cover health insurance, living expenses and other costs for the two-year programme.

The university’s School of Visual and Performing Arts launched a crowdfunding initiative, JJR Steelpan Relief Fund (SRF), on October 18 but are still well short of the target. In keeping with this campaign’s stipulations, donations can be made via the platform up to November.

Although faced with financial challenges, Bedeau, lead for JJR SRF, said they are wearing their T&T colours with pride and thinking positively, hoping that donors will come forward to help them continue their academic dreams.

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