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Students feel the benefit from Ross Blackie Talbot scholarships

The Ross Blackie Talbot Charity Classic yesterday presented $85,000 in educational awards to ten students.

“In this difficult and challenging economic climate we had a record number of applicants,” charity chairman Clement Talbot said.

He congratulated the winners for their pursuit of a higher education.

“Our community at large ultimately will benefit from their qualifications, skills and knowledge,” he said.

In order to be considered for the scholarships students must be in good academic standing and must be in need of financial assistance. They also must demonstrate acceptance by an overseas university, proof of entering the third or fourth year of a four-year university degree programme, have a GPA of at least 2.5, and show proof of Bermudian status.

Education Awards Selection Committee chairman Jeanne Atherden said: “I, personally, on behalf of us all, wish to thank the members of the screening and selection committees for giving freely of their time resulting in the selection of these most worth students.”

She also thanked the community and sponsors for their support.

Winners of the awards included David-Vernon Bean, Michiko Campbell, Khamani Fox, Kejon Sampson, Kendra Simons and Sherlina Thomas.

“I am very appreciative of the Ross Blackie Talbot Charity Classic. It is a wonderful opportunity to go into my last year of studies at Southampton Solent University,” said Mr Bean, who is working towards his bachelor’s degree in ship and port management.

Mr Bean plans to return to Bermuda upon completing his degree to work in the shipping field, either with liners or bulk shipping.

Second year awardees were also announced. These students must retain their GPA average and must demonstrate their financial need as well as their commitment to their studies. Awardees included Aaron Bassett, Winston Godwin, Tia Kipps, and Uthmani Talbot.

“Its great to be awarded for the second year. It is a great help,” said Mr Bassett, who is pursuing a degree in finance at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Now in his last year at university, he intends to pursue a career in investment.

He said it was difficult at first to maintain his GPA but “it got better when I was taking more classes in my field”. Mr Bassett now earns As in many of his classes.

Philip Butterfield, CEO HSBC Bank Bermuda Ltd and the charity’s lead sponsor, extended his congratulations to the winners.

He said: “It is always so wonderful to witness our young Bermudian students excel in their endeavours of further education. I am most certainly proud that we as an organisation are part of this and I wish to congratulate all on their achievements to date and encourage you to do the best that you can do.”

Mr Butterfield went on to acknowledge the support of the family members present saying “your support is essential to these young people’s success”.

He also told the students: “Once you have accomplished your objectives, choose to change the world. Do not accept the status quo.”

The charity has provided more than $470,000 to 34 students.

Blackie Talbot:presentation of $85k worth of education awards. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 10, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 10, 2011 at 9:15 am)

Students feel the benefit from Ross Blackie Talbot scholarships

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