Education is the key to your future. It’s a refrain that young people will have heard a lot. It’s true, of course, but what people sometimes forget is that going to university is expensive, particularly when you have to travel overseas to pursue an education that interests and excites you.
Education can open doors for you: intellectually, financially and socially. It’s the beginning of the rest of your life. So we understand the importance of higher education and how challenging it can be to get the education that you want, not just the one you can afford.
At the Green Family Scholarship, we believe that every Bermudian should have the opportunity to spread their wings and develop their learning and skillsets, to able to choose a quality education for themselves. This way, not only will they feel more satisfaction in their future careers but also a sense of personal satisfaction.
There is a great culture of giving in Bermuda and of community spirit, just two of the things that makes our island great. However, we feel that many scholarships place too great a weight on academic performance without fully considering the financial needs of the scholars.
That’s why the Green Family Scholarship strives to offer a head-start to Bermudians who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend a school overseas. Each year we award scholarships on to ten Bermudians, at a value of $5,000 to $10,000 per year, up to four years of post-secondary education.
These scholarships are awarded on the basis of needs and academic capability. In particular, we look for students who have a passion for their community and a love of learning, who are studying fields which will benefit Bermuda. They are the island’s future, and we are proud to invest in them.
In our mission to make further education more accessible, we are proud to partner with Knowledge Quest, a registered charity, which strives to provide high quality education to those who need it most. Together, we consider ourselves the ‘scholarship of last resort’. This is not to say that it is for the ill-prepared, but instead we offer scholarships to those who are in genuine financial need as a qualifier as well as academic performance.
Since the Green Family Scholarship programme began in 2007, we are proud to have supported more than 130 Bermudian students in following their dreams overseas and have provided in excess of $1.75 million in funds.
We wish all of our Green Family Scholars the very best with their studies. We can’t wait to see all that they accomplish: the future is bright for them and for Bermuda.
This year’s scholarship recipients are Calais Darrell (Biometrical Science at University of Kent); Jermayne Dears (Hospitality and Tourism Management at Holland College); Krishun Douglas Henry (Business at Northumbria University); Jaquan Hatherley (Business at Georgia State University); Jessica Mihelcic (Bachelor of Management, majoring in Leadership and Organizations at Dalhousie University); Candace Paynter (Law at University of Leicester); Rashun Robinson (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Majoring in Film at Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design); Daven Simons (Business at University of Wales Trinity Saint David); Tiara Smith (Business Studies with Economics at Bournemouth University); Trae Smith (Mathematics and Actuarial Science at University of Leicester) and Daijon Taylor (Accounting at Saint Mary’s University)
Students who are interested in applying for the Green Family Scholarship in 2020 must first apply to the Knowledge Quest Scholarship. Eligible students must be Bermudian at the time of application, show financial need and be studying abroad at an accredited school. Recipients are then selected based on financial need, academic achievement and non-academic pursuits. More information about the Green Family Scholarship can be found at www.greenfamilyscholarship.bm. Information about Knowledge Quest and the Knowledge Quest Scholarship application can be found at www.knowledgequest.bm.
This article was originally posted in the 2019 edition of RG Scholarships.