Orange Bay awards educational bursaries
A consignment store has handed out four educational bursaries to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
The Orange Bay Company has given four students cash to cover tuition fees after financial aid, as well as up to $10,000 over the academic year to cover the cost of books for the four.
Delight Morris, owner of Orange Bay, said the store, on Victoria Street, also employed several students and school pupils.
She added: “The youth are Bermuda’s future. I believe that it is paramount to invest in them and their education so they can succeed and contribute to our community when they become adults.
“Our business model is centred around community so it has been a natural fit to extend our efforts to supporting such a delightful set of students as they pursue their college education.
“On a practical level, we have sought to alleviate the financial stress of college, but we are most proud of our role in helping prepare our students for the workforce.
“We have benefited from their energy and enthusiasm and have enjoyed watching them grow into self-assured, work-ready problem-solvers.
“They say it takes a village to raise a child and we are committed to being positive and conscientious villagers.”
The winners of the new bursaries were Ka’Ri Richards, who is on the dual enrolment programme at CedarBridge Academy and Bermuda College, Keisha Butterfield and Akilah Acka, both also at Bermuda College, and Dejahnique Hunt, a student at Humber College in Toronto.
Orange Bay has also offered the students paid work placements at the store.
The students must have a 2.5 GPA or above and remain in good academic standing to keep their bursaries.
Ms Butterfield said: “I am very grateful for the financial assistance that Orange Bay has provided for my education and I also enjoy working at Orange Bay.
“I am grateful for the support, it has made my semester stress-free so I can focus on my education.
“I am also learning so much about daily business operations through my work experience which I am also very thankful for.”
Orange Bay has also engaged employment agency Expertise to further help the students with personal development and workforce training advice.
The store works with Bermuda College which recommends students for internships.
The company also employs two high school pupils, India Paynter, of Saltus Grammar School, and Jalaya Cheeseman, of the Berkeley Institute.
Elisha Miller, Bermuda College’s student employment coordinator, said: “We are hopeful that other local employers will follow suit and start programmes modelled after what Delight has done.
“Such programmes benefit young Bermudians by allowing them to gain valuable transferable skills that a college degree may not teach them, as well as provide opportunities for networking and learning how to manage employers’ expectations.
“This is a win for our students who are looking for workplace experience and/or may be in need of financial aid to help fund their education.”
Orange Bay Company is a regular contributor to community work and in the last ten years has donated more than $100,000 to Bermudian charities.
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