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Four young Bermudians awarded 2013 Nicholl scholarships

Four university students were awarded with educational scholarships worth $25,000 each recently

Named for Albert E Nicholl, who arrived in Bermuda from England during the First World War, and was generous in giving his time and talents to schools here, especially Dellwood School.

Twenty-three-year-old Kyle Tucker will be pursuing a Master of Science degree in Actuarial Science at Columbia University in New York.

“It's a privilege to be associated with this award, the Scholarship committee and most importantly, Mr. Albert Nicholl, who has done so much for our great country,” Mr Tucker said. “I am profoundly interested in the irrationality of human decision-making and I hope to empirically study the efficient market hypothesis.”

Morgan Beckles, 18, is studying at the State University of New York College in Cortland, USA, was both ecstatic and relieved when she received the news of her scholarship.

Referring to the spate of gang violence that has hit Bermuda, Ms Beckles said: “The violence motivates me. I have a theory that we can tackle gang-violence using psychology, something that I was introduced to while doing the IB Programme.

“I am excited to learn more about that. I plan to work in my field for a while to gain some work experience and also to hopefully earn money so that I can pursue my career with a graduate degree.”

Ms Beckles is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology said: “I am looking forward to my Psychology classes and also to start my NCAA Gymnastics career.”

Twenty three-year-old Anna Brewin is entering her second year of a graduate medicine course at the University of Warwick

“Considering this is my second degree it is a huge time and financial investment and to know the scholarship committee believes I am worth supporting is extremely humbling and rewarding,” Ms Brewin said.

“The scholarship allows me to concentrate fully on my studies. I am thoroughly enjoying my medical course as I am able to apply my love of science to the human body in a practical and meaningful approach.”

Ms Brewin continued: “Next year we get even more hands-on time with patients, which are quickly becoming my favourite part of studying medicine.

“Even though I have a while to go with my training and my speciality is still unknown I plan on returning to the island with the hope of being an asset to the community.

“I have a particular interest in Public Health education and awareness of health issues such as diabetes and obesity which are becoming increasingly prevalent on the island.”

Stanford University, California freshman Andreas Ratteray, 18, said: “I hope to study engineering and marine conservation. I am most excited to be living on the West Coast.”

The Nicholl Scholarships were awarded on August 9.

Nicholl Scholarship Trustees Richard Spurling, Mansfield Brock, Michael Jones and member of the scholarship committee Dr Janet Kemp and Vanessa Lovell Schrum joined the granddaughter of Albert E Nicholl, Sandra Nicholl Messina in handing out four $25,000 scholarships to four young Bermudians recently. Shown in the front row are Richard Spurling, Anna Brewin, Morgan Beckles, Andreas Ratteray, Mansfield Brock and Kyle Tucker. In the back row are Sandra Nicholl Messina, Dr Janet Kemp and Michael Jones.

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Published August 26, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated August 27, 2013 at 12:11 am)

Four young Bermudians awarded 2013 Nicholl scholarships

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