Butterfield invites applicants for scholarships

  • Sadia Wilson

    Sadia Wilson


Butterfield Bank is inviting applications for its undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships.

The Sir Harry D Butterfield Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to a Bermudian student commencing, or already pursuing, an undergraduate degree overseas at an accredited university. The award has an annual value of $25,000, tenable for up to four years in full-time study.

Awarded every year since 1978, it is named in honour of Butterfield’s late chairman, former Rhodes Scholar, Sir Harry D. Butterfield, whose distinguished career in public and business life was dedicated to the betterment of Bermuda and Bermudians, the bank said.

Sadia Wilson, Butterfield’s current scholar, attends the University of Bristol where she is in her second year of a three-year Bachelor of Science degree in cellular molecular medicine. On completion, she plans to pursue a career as a dental surgeon.

Ms Wilson said: “My advice would be to apply to as many available scholarships as you can, and be aware that you don’t always have to have the highest grades of all the applicants. Interviewing for a scholarship can be very intimidating, try to be confident, have courage and passion for the degree you are interested in.

“My cellular and molecular medicine studies have exposed me to extensive lab work and medical information. This sometimes allows me to help friends and family treat their ailments or set them straight on medical myths such as the difference between a viral or bacterial infection. Currently, I am helping them understand the coronavirus and the importance of keeping it contained.”

For more information and to apply for the scholarship, see https://bermudascholarships.com, or send an e-mail to scholarshipsbda@butterfieldgroup.com.

Students from Butterfield’s ten international jurisdictions, who are studying subjects related to the preservation and improvement of island environments at accredited institutions, are eligible to apply for Butterfield’s Postgraduate Scholarship. The award has an annual value of $25,000, tenable for up to four years in full-time study.

The 2019 scholar is Barisse Griffin, from The Bahamas, who is enrolled at King’s College in London, England where she is pursuing a master’s degree in disasters, adaptation and development management.

Ms Griffin said: “Throughout the Caribbean we are experiencing unfamiliar climate patterns, such as prolonged and repeated droughts, intense rainfall, and rising sea levels. These conditions disrupt our marine environments and coastal areas resulting in pollutants and debris drifting into the sea, and rising seas consuming our beaches.” Her goal is to develop strategies that will improve crisis response throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean, helping to combat natural disasters and protect the islands, Butterfield said.

For more information and to apply for the Butterfield Postgraduate Scholarship, see https://www.butterfieldgroup.com/scholarships/Pages/default.aspx, or send an e-mail to scholarshipsbda@butterfieldgroup.com,

Michael Neff, managing director of Butterfield in Bermuda, said: “We are delighted to offer these scholarship opportunities to assist students in their pursuit of higher education.

“It’s extremely encouraging to see the scholarships in action; Sadia and Barisse are perfect examples of how these scholarships help students further their knowledge and gain valuable practical experience.

“We look forward to receiving new applications from the next generation of business and environmental leaders.”

The deadline for applications in respect of both scholarships is March 27.

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Published Mar 10, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Mar 10, 2020 at 9:01 am)

Butterfield invites applicants for scholarships

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