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Berkeley Class of ’82 raise funds to help student studying in UK

Class act: former Berkeley Institute graduates with Jezhari Talbot. In the back row from left are O’Shandah Ming, Andrea Hassell, Gina Tucker, Mark Wade and Esther Singh. In front from left are Claudelle Whitter Richardson, Chrystal Bean, Ms Talbot, Terri-lyn Talbot and Kimberly Creighton (Photograph supplied)

A Berkeley Institute graduate studying at university in Britain has been given a cash donation towards tuition fees — thanks to the fundraising efforts of former pupils of the school.

Jezhari Talbot, who is studying languages and finance at Reading University, received a cheque for $1,500 from Class of ‘82 graduates, who held a reunion celebration last year.

The reunion and fundraising effort was organised by veteran educator Gina Tucker, a member of the Class of ‘82, who said Ms Talbot was chosen as the recipient of the fund because of her “impressive” resume.

She said: “Throughout her time as a Berkeley student, she was a prefect and received numerous awards including the Spirit Award, the Leadership Award, the Citizenship Award and the Principal’s Award. She also served as vice-president of the Student Council.”

Dr Tucker also pointed out that Ms Talbot had also carried out a great deal of community work, including setting up her own charity, Caring for Caregivers, and working as a gymnastics coach for the Bermuda Gymnastics Association.

In addition, Ms Talbot was chairwoman of the Junior Road Safety Council, served as a member of a church youth group and qualified for the 2019 Carifta Games.

Dr Tucker added: “Jezhari has demonstrated the kind of leadership and advocacy that will positively impact on our community in the future. We look forward to Jezhari continuing to make Bermuda proud.

“We are thankful to all those classmates who contributed to the funds raised to assist one of our young fellow Berkeley-ites.

“On behalf of the Class of 1982, we extend heartfelt congratulations to Jezhari and wish her continued success in her future endeavours. We also take the opportunity to wish the current leadership and staff of our beloved alma mater, The Berkeley Institute, all the best. And to our classmates we say to always ‘keep the end in view’.”

Accepting her award, Ms Talbot said: “Being awarded this scholarship will mean a lot to not only me but my family, as there are two of us in university this year.

“From a young age it was instilled in me that if I worked hard, I could be awarded scholarships. After 13 years of an exemplary academic career, this award is further proof that hard work pays off.

“I am honoured that my overall contribution to The Berkeley Institute has been recognised. I plan to study finance and a language and would love to work in the Bermuda business sector as well as be an entrepreneur.

“Receiving this award will assist in furthering my education abroad which enables me to have new experiences, meet new people, be exposed to a wider range of cultures and to network. I am studying what I am truly passionate about, and this award is helping to bring me closer to achieving my life’s goals and purpose.”

Ms Talbot added that the award had inspired her to lead the Class of 22 to make a similar donation to a deserving student 40 years from now.

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Published January 10, 2023 at 7:56 am (Updated January 10, 2023 at 7:23 am)

Berkeley Class of ’82 raise funds to help student studying in UK

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