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Bermuda College student Téja Watson will be the first to receive the Ted Crawford Scholarship.Pictured- Teja Watson. Pictured back left to right- Barrett Dill and Betty Jean DeSilva (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Bermuda College student Téja Watson will be the first to receive the Ted Crawford Scholarship.Pictured left to right- George Cook, Barrett Dill, Teja Watson and Betty Jean DeSilva (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A teenager who received a scholarship from a Rotary Club said that the help will extend to her family.

Téja Watson was awarded the Ted Crawford Scholarship in Mathematics and Information Technology.

The Hamilton Rotary Club made the award, which will cover tuition, books and a computer during the 18-year-old’s first year of study at Bermuda College.

Ms Watson said: “It’s a very nice help for me being that I’m the oldest of ten siblings.

“I have another sibling right underneath me that’s going into college next year.

“This is a big help for my family to save up for the next one.”

Ms Watson added that she has four sisters and five brothers.

She chose to study actuarial science.

Ms Watson, of Hamilton Parish, said: “I’ve always had a love for maths, from a very young age. It was really easy to me and I found it interesting.”

She met an actuary while networking last year and learned what the work involved.

Ms Watson added: “It’s basically my dream job, more specifically risk management.

“There aren’t many Bermudians under that branch.”

Ms Watson added that she was “very grateful” to the rotary club.

George Cook, a director at the club and a former president of Bermuda College, made the presentation on Tuesday.

He explained: “Ted Crawford was, for many years, a member of the Hamilton Rotary Club but in his working life he was the principal of the former Bermuda Technical Institute, which became a formative part of the Bermuda College.

“His area was technical education but his subject was mathematics, hence that connection.

“Later, his daughter Mary made a bequest to the Hamilton Rotary Club and the earnings from that bequest are partly utilised to fund the scholarship.”

The award was thought to be valued at more than $7,000 for Ms Watson’s first year of study and she will have the option to apply for a renewal to cover her second year.

Dr Cook added that the rotary club was “making as big an effort as it can with the funds that it has” to make a difference in the areas of health and education on the island.

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Published November 19, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated November 19, 2020 at 9:17 am)

Rotary gives helping hand to aspiring actuary

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