Governor wants more scholarship applicants
Governor John Rankin has launched a drive to boost applications for a UK Government scholarship designed to develop leadership skills.
Mr Rankin said the Chevening Scholarship had not attracted “as many Bermudian applicants in the past as we would like”.
He added: “I want to change this. I really would like talented Bermudians of all backgrounds and various disciplines to apply.”
There are just three alumni of the programme in Bermuda, despite ten of the 1,500 scholarships available this year reserved for citizens of UK Overseas Territories.
Mr Rankin said: “The Chevening Scholarship has been going for 34 years. It is a fully funded scholarship, so it covers both fees and living costs, and it is available irrespective of the age or economic means of applicants.”
He added: “We are not simply looking for academics, but also people who have done their first degree and are starting their professional life and want to take the next step in developing leadership.”
Chevening Scholarships, which cover tuition costs and living expenses, cover one year of study towards a master’s degree at any UK university.
Mr Rankin said successful applicants did not just benefit from an academic boost.
He added: “Another part of it is for Chevening scholars to interact and meet different people from other countries.”
Former Chevening scholar Pahn-Ya Ratteray heard about the grants from a friend in the UK.
She said: “She knew I was looking for the next opportunity to advance my knowledge and skills.
“At first I was shocked. I’d never heard of it. I applied, and the rest is history.” Ms Ratteray studied for a master of science degree in project management at Robert Gordon University in Scotland.
She said the experience of meeting students from around the world resulted in “lifelong friendships and networks”.
Ms Ratteray, who studied in 2015-16, built her skills with the aim of becoming a consultant for small businesses and charities.
Experiences ranged from attending Best of Britain cultural events to a Burns Night celebration, held in honour of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns.
Ms Ratteray said: “In between your studies you are afforded opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise have.
“If you’re a mature student and you have ideas where you want to head, if you still have that dream, and you have leadership qualities, I would encourage you to apply. And if you’re young and vibrant and ready, go for it — it opens many doors.”
Applications opened on August 7 with a deadline of November 7.
Government House will run a live question-and-answer session on its Facebook page to field questions about applications from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday, October 25.
Further information is also available at www.chevening.org/apply/guidance.
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