Student awarded $25,000 scholarship to study the law
Bermudian student Samuel Hewitt has won a $25,000 scholarship from law firm Trott and Duncan to help fulfil his ambition to become a lawyer.
Mr Hewitt, 18, from Sandys, will head to Cardiff in Wales on Monday, where he will study for a LLB law degree.
The annual scholarship award was founded in 2007 in honour of Shirley Simmons, a consultant with Trott and Duncan.
A trailblazer for women in the legal profession, Ms Simmons is one of the most senior and highly regarded members of the Bar Association.
The award is intended to support those who show true dedication to pursuing a career in law.
It is usually for $10,000 but the company increased it to $25,000 for this year only to give extra assistance to Mr Hewitt, who is the third eldest of a six-child family.
He explained: “I did not want the burden on my family. I have an elder sister who’s finished medical school and a younger one who’s going into medicine.
“My family are very keen on education and would do anything and everything to put me through school. I took the onus on myself to get my education and find the funding for it.
“Even if I had not gotten the scholarship I would have attended Bermuda College and funded my own fees.”
He said of the scholarship: “I’m more than honoured that they even accepted my application. Trott and Duncan is truly a very remarkable law firm in Bermuda.
“They’re one of the forerunners when it comes to so much within the legal field. To have them even look at me, let alone give me a $25,000 scholarship, is breathtaking.
“I will seek to make a positive impact on Bermuda society when I return from my studies and I am more than appreciative that they have allowed me this very great opportunity to give back to the community.”
Mr Hewitt a former student at Somerset Primary School, Sandys Secondary and Impact Mentoring Academy has not decided what direction he would like to take his career in.
“My first year is going to be instrumental in helping me choose what area of law I want to go into,” explained Mr Hewitt, who has completed internships with a corporate law firm and a criminal law firm.
Mr Hewitt is grateful to those who have supported him during his studies so far.
“Whatever I have accomplished so far, I owe to every single person that took the time out to lecture me or give me advice. I owe it all to the teachers and students I’ve come into contact with,” he said.