Bermuda Hospitals Board Invests in Island’s Youth Scholarships Awarded to Top Students Preparing for Careers in Healthcare

The Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is awarding 13 scholarships today for students pursuing careers in nursing and allied health. Selection criteria for the scholarships include marks and involvement in extra-curricular activities. The awards are given to Bermudian post-secondary school students and Bermuda Hospitals Board staff to pursue academic studies in the healthcare field.

“We are delighted to support these very promising students as they prepare for careers in healthcare, and look forward to welcoming them to the Bermuda Hospitals Board upon completion of their studies,” said Joan Dillas-Wright, chief executive officer of the Bermuda Hospitals Board. “We wish the scholarship recipients continued success in their academic endeavours.”

About the Scholarship Recipients


– Julee Rabain completed the first two years of her nursing studies at Bermuda College and in September will continue her education at Hampton University, Virginia as part of the BHB Hampton fund programme. She currently maintains a 3.52 GPA and expects to graduate next December.

– Kristen Baxter graduated with a GPA of 3.50 from Saltus Grammar School and is planning to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Dalhousie University, Novia Scotia. She has served as a volunteer with both BHB and St. John’s Ambulance Brigade. She has been awarded a 4-year BHB Scholarship.

– Raché Somner is planning to pursue her dream of nursing at Dalhousie University, Novia Scotia. She graduated from Saltus Grammar School in 2003 with a GPA of 3.0 and has recently worked at BHB as a nurses´ aide. She has been awarded a 4-year BHB Scholarship.

– Selena Swan is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. Throughout the year she volunteers with Heaven’s Store House and is actively involved in the Nursing Club. With the dual challenge of both student and mother on her plate, Selena has managed to uphold a GPA of 3.40 and is on track for graduation in 2006. She has been awarded a 2-year BHB Scholarship.

Allied Health

– Pashé Douglas-Sampson is a recent graduate of Warwick Academy with an outstanding GPA of 3.77. She is planning to attend Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and undertake studies in Occupational Therapy. She is our youngest recipient, and will begin her college career at 17-years-old. She has earned her Silver award in the Duke of Edinburgh and is a current participant in the Caribbean Expedition in Grenada. Pashé has been awarded a 4-year BHB Scholarship.

– Sandro Fubler has plans pursue Physiotherapy at Salford University in England beginning in September. He is a very well rounded individual, involved in sports and the arts and is also involved in the Youth Ministry Leadership Team. Sandro was employed with BHB as a Clinical Aide in the Rehabilitation Services Department and has been awarded a 3-year BHB Scholarship.

– Asha Ratteray will be attending York University this fall, where she will pursue Pre-med studies. She has been involved in a variety of activities including Student Council, Bermuda Girls in Training, Youth Parliament and debate. She has been awarded a 4-year BHB Scholarship.

– Teresa Robinson is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work at Alabama A&M University. She is a member of the International Students and the Caribbean Students Association, and also volunteers at a Shelter for Women in Alabama. She has been awarded a 3-year BHB Scholarship.

– Natarsha Rowling earned her Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree in Physiology with honors from the University of Western Ontario last semester. She has been accepted to pursue her M.Sc. in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Natarsha has served the Bermuda community as a Candy Striper, a Student Mentor and also in the youth division at her church. A 2-year BHB Scholarship has been awarded to Natarsha to allow her to complete her studies.

– Tracy Sampson is seeking an Associate of Science degree in Medical Imaging/Medical Radiography at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, which she hopes to complete next June. When she finds spare time between her studies, Tracy enjoys reading and sport. She has been awarded a 1-year BHB Scholarship.

– Reneé Simons recently graduated from Warwick Academy with an impressive GPA of 4.02. She plans to continue her education at the University of Guelph in Canada where she will major in Psychology as she aims for a career as a Child Psychologist. She has been involved in a vast variety of extracurricular activities including Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze, Silver, & Gold), to name but a few. She also served as a candy striper and a volunteer at Heron Bay Primary School. BHB has awarded Renee a 4-year Scholarship.

– Sakina Stephens is set to pursue studies in Medical Technology at Oakwood College in Alabama this fall. She has been described as a role model to young people and a born leader. Her extra-curricular activities include Yearbook Editor, and Academic Minister at Bermuda Institute. Sakina has been awarded a 4-year BHB Scholarship.

– Ysahai Williams (pronounced Sa-hai) will enroll in Andrews University, Michigan this Fall to pursue studies in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology. Her community & extracurricular activities include Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze), SBH Community Service as well as sports, sign language, and piano. Ysahai has been awarded a 2-year BHB Scholarship.


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