The Paget Parish Council has awarded scholarships to Azalea Pontes, Mishale Corday, Zorena Anderson and Alaiyah Hayward.
A spokesperson said, “The Paget Parish Council has announced the recipients of the 2023 Undergraduate Awards, which provides both scholarship and bursary awards for Paget students studying abroad.
“Scholarships are based on academic excellence and along with demonstrating financial need, Bermudian students must have been residents of Paget for a minimum of five years.
“Azalea Pontes is the top winner of the Paget Parish Undergraduate Scholarship and will receive an annual award of $5,000, for the next three years. Azalea is a student of the University of Toronto, pursing a Bachelor of Science.
“Additional 2023 award recipients include Mishale Corday, Zorena Anderson and Alaiyah Hayward, who have each been awarded a 1-year, $2,500 bursary, to put towards their studies.
“Mishale is pursuing a Bachelor of Science at Howard University, Zorena is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Economics at the University of Liverpool and Alaiyah is working towards a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manchester [UK].”
Paget Parish Council Scholarship Committee: Curtis Williams, Committee Chair Davida Morris and Council Chair William “Bill” Pitman, Bursary Winner: Mishale Corday, Undergraduate Scholarship Winner Azalea Pontes, Bursary Winners Alaiyah Hayward and Zorena Anderson
“The Council is also pleased to provide continued support to previous year winners. Shu’yab Nasir and Nasir Rudolph will receive a continuance of their three-year, $5,000 award, which they won in 2022. Shu’yab is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce, minoring in Accounting at St. Mary’s University, Canada. Nasir attends the University of Miami and is studying Environmental Sciences and Marine Affairs, minoring in Economics.
“The Council’s Scholarship Selection Committee was very impressed with the 2023 candidates, who showed passion for their chosen field of study, were able to articulate their goals, and achieved academic excellence. The Council is very proud to support a top rank of Paget university scholars.
A spokesperson for the Council indicated: “Over the past 23 years, the Paget Parish Council has provided 80 awards to Paget scholars, totaling over $500,400. We are extremely proud of our young people and are pleased to provide support to Paget residents who are currently obtaining their undergraduate degrees at an overseas university.”
“We know that our scholars will continue to work hard to balance and blend their responsibilities, health and overall well-being. We celebrate their resilience, commitment to their studies and are pleased we are able to make a small financial contribution to their future goals.”
“The Paget Parish Council is fortunate to be able to do beneficial work and provide scholarships for Parish residents through the management of and revenues gained from the Red Hole dock berths and boatyard. Legislated in 1954 as the Paget Waterlot Act, this property, which was generously left in trust to the Council by the late Mr. Onley and Mrs. Cornelia Jones to provide waterfront access to Paget residents, forms the funding basis that allows the Council to do beneficial work in the Parish.
“The Paget Parish Council is a Government appointed body comprised of 9 members who are Paget residents and serve the community for the benefit of all residents of Paget. The nine Parish Councils fall under the Ministry of Community Affairs and Sports, and follow the mandate as set out in the Parish Council Act 1971.
“The Council encourages eligible students who plan to study abroad, to apply for the Paget Parish Undergraduate Scholarship. Those who plan to study at the Bermuda College, are invited to apply for the Robert J. Wright Scholarship.
“Applications and eligibility requirements can be found on the island’s national portal, www.BermudaScholarships.com. Annual deadlines are May 31 and residents who have questions are invited to contact the Council via firstname.lastname@example.org.”