BFIS 2014 Scholarship Recipients (left to right) Dr. Greene, James Spence (Mathematics - University 

of Warwick), Christopher Wright (Economics - Lancaster University), Ciara Burrows (Legal Studies, 

University of Waterloo), Taliah Shakir (Business - Durham University), Brittney Ferreira (Legal Studies - 

University College London), Shane Hollis (Actuarial Science - Georgia State University), Carmela 

Robinson (Insurance & RM - Temple University), Benjamin Howland (Economics - University of 

Western Ontario), Tyler Kerr (Finance - University of Western Ontario), Cara Johnston (Accounting - 

University of Exeter), Lydia Barit (Mathematics - Washington & Lee University), Ari Minors (Business - 

Bermuda College), Jack Keyes (Finance - Durham University), Gail Martin. (Missing: Hannah Gibbons 

(Legal Studies - University of California Berkeley, Matthew Coelho (Information Technology - Dalhousie 

University).
BFIS 2014 Scholarship Recipients (left to right) Dr. Greene, James Spence (Mathematics - University of Warwick), Christopher Wright (Economics - Lancaster University), Ciara Burrows (Legal Studies, University of Waterloo), Taliah Shakir (Business - Durham University), Brittney Ferreira (Legal Studies - University College London), Shane Hollis (Actuarial Science - Georgia State University), Carmela Robinson (Insurance & RM - Temple University), Benjamin Howland (Economics - University of Western Ontario), Tyler Kerr (Finance - University of Western Ontario), Cara Johnston (Accounting - University of Exeter), Lydia Barit (Mathematics - Washington & Lee University), Ari Minors (Business - Bermuda College), Jack Keyes (Finance - Durham University), Gail Martin. (Missing: Hannah Gibbons (Legal Studies - University of California Berkeley, Matthew Coelho (Information Technology - Dalhousie University).

On Wednesday evening, BFIS awarded $482,000 in scholarship funding to 15 students, bringing the total the Foundation has given out since it was formed to $5,075,000 - all funded by the insurance industry.

Over 60 guests attended the Bermuda Foundation For Insurance Studies Scholarship Awards Reception on Wednesday evening, July 23 to congratulate this year’s 15 scholarship recipients. They will be joining 13 continuing BFIS Scholars bringing the Foundation’s combined scholarship funding commitment of $735,000.

This year also saw 10 BFIS scholars graduate with 5 joining the workforce, 2 taking time to travel before starting work and 3 returning to take their Master’s degrees.

At the Awards Presentation Reception sponsored by Markel Corporation and held at Markel House, Gail Martin, Vice-President of BFIS, said that “The Foundation was created with the purpose of providing financial support and guidance for Bermudian students, so that they might have the opportunity to obtain the appropriate education and training in order to pursue an insurance-related career. A large component of this is achieved through annually awarding scholarships to outstanding students pursuing studies relevant to the insurance industry.”

Presenting the awards was Chairman of the BFIS Scholarship Committee and President of Bermuda College, Dr. Duranda Greene, who pointed out that the Scholarship Committee are almost all former BFIS Scholars themselves. She went on to say that 30 students were selected for interview out of a total of 89 and that the committee was looking for students of outstanding ability, not only extremely sound academically, but also well rounded, excelling in their individual pastimes of sports, music and philanthropic endeavours, who could clearly demonstrate their interest in a career in the insurance sector.

She also noted that financial need was taken into consideration after all other criteria had been met.