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Young Bermudians receive Chubb scholarships

Left to right: Asia Atienza, winner of the Chubb Charitable Foundation Bursary Award, Zahra Wilson, Robert Clements scholar, and Owenea Roberts, Bermuda College Education Award (Photograph supplied)

Three Bermudian university students were a little closer to their dreams thanks to the Chubb Charitable Foundation – Bermuda.

Zahra Wilson haa been named the recipient of the foundation’s Robert Clements Scholarship for people studying for their undergraduate or graduate degrees in insurance, risk management, actuarial science or other disciplines related to the insurance industry including accounting, law, and economics.

“Zahra is an exceptional student and athlete with a clear desire to excel in all her endeavours,” foundation chair Lori Dunstan said. “We look forward to having Zahra join the world-class family of Robert Clements scholars.”

At the University of Tampa, Ms Wilson has been recognised for her academic and athletic achievements. With a focus on international business and economics, she has continuously been named to the dean’s list and maintained a consistent 4.0 grade point average. Ms Wilson is an executive board member of her university’s Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, which has led her to become a certified moderator and has allowed her to moderate various dialogues at university.

She is fluent in Portuguese thanks to a Rotary Exchange Programme year in Brazil. She is also on the varsity track and field team and has gained the accolade of being an Academic ‘All American’ student athlete through a culmination of her athletic and academic achievements.

She notes one of her proudest achievements as a student-athlete as being on the 4x400 relay team that broke the school record in a single season. In addition to her accomplishments overseas, Ms Wilson has also demonstrated a commitment to giving back to her local community, serving as a four-year volunteer at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

Over the past 25 years the Chubb Charitable Foundation – Bermuda, through the Robert Clements Scholarship and other discretionary awards, has invested approximately $3.2 million in support of 34 Bermudians to help them prepare for professional careers in Bermuda’s insurance industry.

Owenea Roberts has been named the recipient of the foundation’s Bermuda College Education Award.

Ms Roberts, a recent dual degree graduate from Berkeley Institute and Bermuda College, has been selected as the 2021 Bermuda College Education Award recipient. Ms Roberts is an incoming first year student at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, where she will be pursuing a bachelor of science in accounting. While she was at Bermuda College as a dual enrolment student, Ms Roberts obtained an associate of arts in business administration.

She excelled in the dual enrolment programme, maintaining honours and high honours at Berkeley Institute. At Bermuda College, she earned a place on the vice-president’s list.

Samantha Froud, chief administration officer of Chubb Bermuda Operations, and a member of the Bermuda College Education Award selection committee said: “I am consistently impressed by the talent of the candidates for the Bermuda College Education Award. Owenea is an exemplar student and we are confident that she will continue to excel in the next chapter of her academic career. We are pleased to recognise and help support Owenea achieve her goals.”

The Bermuda College Education Award was launched in 2008 to provide $15,000 a year for two years to the successful Bermuda College graduate to assist them with the continuation of their undergraduate studies overseas. Since inception, the foundation a has invested more than $430,000 in financial support of 18 Bermudians to help prepare them for a successful career.

Asia Atienza received the two-year Bursary Award from Chubb Charitable Foundation – Bermuda.

A 2018 graduate of Berkeley Institute, Ms Atienza is studying financial economics at the University of Kent, working towards a career in actuarial science. Ms Atienza is the president of the Bermudian Society at the University of Kent, obtained first class honours for mathematics during her first year, and currently serves as the executive vice-president of NEXUS, a local non- profit organisation that assists public high school students in their transition from high school to university.

“We are pleased to be able to support Asia in the development of her academic and professional career and commend her for her outstanding achievements thus far”, Ms Dunstan said. “The scholarship selection committee was impressed by Asia’s achievements and compelled to offer this award to her.”

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Published July 07, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated July 07, 2021 at 7:56 am)

Young Bermudians receive Chubb scholarships

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