Government applauds students awarded scholarships
The Government celebrated dozens of students who have been awarded scholarships to help to further their education as the September school year approaches.
Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education, said he was proud to see the amount given to students increase to $1.4 million, with another $300,000 earmarked for financial aid at the Bermuda College and the College Promise Programme.
Mr Rabain said: “While there is still much more to be done, significant investments continue to be made by the Government, the private sector and community organisations to ensure equitable access to further and higher education for Bermuda’s current and aspiring students.”
The minister said that many scholarships — particularly those with high financial value — are earmarked for students who demonstrate academic excellence but do not consider the student’s financial need.
“The ministry applauds students who are top in their schools and areas of study,” Mr Rabain said.
“We also recognise that all people have inherent gifts and talents and that many who have passions and interests require financial help to pursue dreams of university, college and other types of career training.
“Therefore, aside from the Bermuda Government Scholarship, which is established by statute, every other scholarship and award category includes financial need as a criterion.
“This is to ensure that most funds are distributed to persons whose potential might not be fully realised without financial help to pursue education and training beyond senior school.”
He added that more than 65 individual students are among this year’s recipients while highlighting a dozen by name.
The most recent list of scholarship recipients includes:
For the Minister’s Achievement Scholarship ($25,000 per year up to four years for overseas study):
• D’Angele Symonds, Keele University
• Nayasa Burgess, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
For the Minister’s Exceptional Student Award ($25,000 per year for overseas study up to four years and $5,000 per year for study at Bermuda College up to two years):
• Iziah Tucker, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
For the Minister’s Technical and Vocational Award ($25,000 per year for overseas study up to four years and $5,000 per year for study at Bermuda College up to two years):
• Roneeya Jones, Winston-Salem University
For the Minister’s Applied Science Scholarship ($5,000 for study at Bermuda College tenable for one year):
• Aaron-Claude White, Bermuda College
For the Non-Traditional Student Award ($20,000 per year for overseas study up to four years):
• Akelah Hendrickson, University of Wolverhampton
• Amber Douglas, Ryerson University
For the Teacher Education Scholarships ($20,000 per year for overseas study up to four years):
• Malay Robinson, Kean University
• Tamara Simmons, unspecified
• Aaliyah Lee, Kean University
For the Bermuda Government Scholarship ($35,000 per year for up to four years):
• Jerzi Riley, University of Central Florida
• Giovanni Hollis, Northeastern University
In addition to a dozen named winners of Minister’s Scholarships and Awards and the Bermuda Government Scholarship, Mr Rabain said 50 Further Education Awards had been sent out, including ten for students pursuing graduate studies.
“While Further Education Awards and other scholarships and awards are primarily given to students pursuing undergraduate study to assist persons in getting a first college or university degree, the ministry is doing what it can to support students undertaking graduate studies,” he said.
Each recipient of the Further Education Award will receive up to $10,000 to support one year of education.
Mr Rabain added: “I would also like to thank our recipients and other applicants for continuing to push forward through these difficult times.
“I encourage them to continue working towards their dreams and aspirations.”