Farmers’ Market gives $7,000 to students
The Bermuda Farmers’ Market marked its summer break with a gift of two scholarships to a prospective lawyer and a would-be teacher.
“High flyers” Mikayla Douglas, 19, was given $5,000 and Caleb Scott, 18, was awarded $2,500 at a ceremony at the final market of the summer, held last Saturday.
Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, pledged an additional $2,500 out of his own pocket to give Caleb a full scholarship.
Lucinda Worrell-Stowe, chairwoman of the market, held in the Botanical Gardens in Paget, said: “These are young people who are working in the community since they’ve graduated.
“These two are very mature. They know what they want and they are very serious about it.
“This will help them accumulate a little money while they study at the Bermuda College.”
Mikayla, a graduate of Lighthouse Christian Academy, said she was passionate about “education and children”.
She added: “The importance of education has been lost. I want to restore that for people.”
Caleb, a former student at the Adult Education Centre, said: “This support will help me a lot.
“My financial situation is not great. I want to be a lawyer. I’m working hard towards that, so I really appreciate the help.”
Colonel Burch said the market, held on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, had been given the use of the JJ Outerbridge building in the park, free, to assist its scholarship programme.
He added: “I just met these two young people today. This is really a testament to the village helping to raise our children.”
Colonel Burch told Caleb: “I will give you the other half of your scholarship.”
The Bermuda Farmers’ Market raises money every year for a scholarship to help Bermudian students in need to further their studies at Bermuda College.
Ms Worrell-Stowe said organisers had decided to help two students this year because “both applicants were so impressive”.
The market, which sells arts and crafts work as well as vegetables and baked goods, will return in November.