Yusef Te’Jour Riley Awarded $20,000 Scholarship

July 19, 2011

[Updated with video] 17 year old basketball star Yusef Te’Jour Riley has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship by Digicel to continue his studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

Mr. Riley aspires to be a lawyer and will pursue a double major in Political Science and English at the prestigious university while competing in basketball. He received the Political Science Award when he graduated with honors from the Metropolitan Preparatory Academy this spring.

Digicel said his exemplary academic achievements, combined with his outstanding performance as the point guard and shooting guard on the Under 18 National Bermuda Basketball team, made him an ideal candidate for the scholarship.

Digicel Bermuda CEO, Wayne Caines [pictured below with Te’Jour] stated, “Te’Jour stood out to us for many reasons. He is an extraordinary athlete, he excels in academics, he is hardworking and he is committed. This is the kind of positivity that we wish to promote in Bermuda.”

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“The Digicel Scholarship for Sport aims to benefit Bermuda in the international sporting arena by enabling young Bermudian athletes to receive world class training. We hope Te’Jour will take his basketball skills to the next level as he continues to excel academically. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Mr. Riley stated, “I am looking forward to furthering my skills and putting Bermuda on the map. I am totally indebted to Digicel for how they have benefitted me and my family with this scholarship.”

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  1. Truth (Original) says:

    Awesome, Wayne. Congrats to you Mr. Riley, I am already proud. Our future needs people like you. Be safe and all the best.

  2. Kisha says:

    Well done Te’Jour. I am so proud of you. Keep up the great work…..

  3. Well done! Wishing this young man much success. He is a great reminder of the positive and talented young people that we have in Bermuda. Great attitude about “putting Bermuda on the map”.

  4. True Dat says:

    Big Up Te’ Keep striving up ward!!! you are on the right track!!!

  5. Jayne says:

    Congrats Te’ and Congrats Nikki…..

    Coninue to stay focused Te’ and there will plenty more where this came from. Good luck in the future and all of your endeavors :)

  6. David E Chapman says:

    Well done young brother! All the best!

  7. sigh says:

    Congrats TeJour!

  8. The Messenger says:

    Very nice to see our young men doing positive things. I hope this scholarship is not a one time thing and that Digicel supports this young man throughout his academic career. The cost of a higher education has gotten quite expensive over the years and will likely increase over this students years of college. We must do more to encourage our young people and help to fund their higher education.

  9. True Bermudian says:

    Congratulations Te’Jour!

    This is just the sort of great news we love to hear.

    You make Bermuda proud and you are a real role model for both young and old.

  10. It is what it is says:

    Way to Go TeJour!!! All the Best!!! (Ms. Lee)

  11. George Courtney says:

    is this yusef brimmer’s son?

  12. Onion Soup says:

    Congratulations Te’Jour…well done. McGill is a great university and Montreal is one of THE fabulous cities on the planet. Make the most of it, come home and be a star! (Take some French courses while you’re there; it will make your experience even better…bon chance!)

  13. junior burchall says:

    i had the pleasure of teaching him at Dellwood. without a doubt, a singularly BRILLIANT young man. his athletic and academic success come as no surprise – imo, both were inevitable.

    well, done, Mr. Riley!

    mr. burchall

  14. Not Dopey says:

    Te’Jour, is a wonderful young man, he will bring honour to his family and our beloved country. MGill is a prestigous university, his grades had to be exceedingly high for him to be acccepted in there.

    Well done Digicel, you have put your money where your money is. You have invested in our future. I am impressed and awed by this scholarship.

  15. New Day, New Thinking says:

    Well done. This is so great to see. As a McGill alumni I can tell you this is not an easy school to gain admission too.
    Best of luck, work hard; you’ve already made us proud now do it for yourself.

  16. George Courtney says:

    go for the sky with your mindset you’ll make it

  17. freddyg says:

    God SPEED young Brother !!!!

  18. Hudson says:

    Well Done!

  19. Judy Johnston says:

    As Te’jour’s Canadian Host Family, we are extremely proud of his achievements. For the two years he was here he represented his family and his country in a manner that
    was exemplary. We look forward to watching this fine young man continue to excel on the court at McGill and in his studies. We are grateful to Nikki Burgher and her family to have been allowed to be a part of this extraordinary young man’s life.

  20. KMC says:

    Big up mate. You worked hard and you did it. Let this be a lesson to ALL.

    Never let obstacles take away from your direction, but merely alter your path.

  21. SMDH LOL says:

    congrats man ya dad would have been super proud of you. keep up the good work and you shall stay on top. very proud of you.

  22. Spikes says:

    Well done young man. Make the best of this opportunity.

  23. Milaikia Hewey says:

    Well done Te’jour! I know you will make your mom proud!

    Keep up the good work :)

  24. Adele White says:

    This is awesome! Congrats to this young man and all those who helped him along his path. Good news in these times is so refreshing! Keep up the good work!

  25. Peace says:

    CONGRATSSSS TEJOUR & NiKKI. this is such good news.

  26. You got me says:

    Well done Tejour!Congratulations

  27. Linda Hill says:

    Congratulations Te’Jour! You have done extremely well and I know you will continue to fly …. and fly you will. We are so proud of you and will continue to support you as you travel on your journey.

    Your mom is to be commended on a job well done!

    Fly my son …. FLY!

  28. Rich says:

    Congratulations. It’s so lovely to see other people heading off to my alma matter! My years at McGill were some of the greatest of my life and I can guarantee he’ll have a similarly amazing experience in Montreal.

    The political science department at McGill is particularly great. If Te’Jour does read these comments, and if he were interested in development and peace studies, I would well and truly advise that he take classes with Professors Brynen or Breacher. Theirs are some of the more dynamic ones available. Alternatively, if interested in party politics and mass communication, Stuart Soroka. Or post-communist Russia and Eastern Europe, try Juliet Johnson’s classes. All of them are brilliant and some of the greatest classes I’ve ever taken.

  29. Trotty says:

    Well done to Mr. Riley. This shows that there are young people on the right track. Congratulations Yusef. Stay focus.

  30. DEE says:

    CONGRATULATIONS TE ALL THE BEST,
    GOOD WORK NIKKI,
    LOVE GODMOTHER DONNA

  31. Yusef Te'Jour Riley says:

    Thank you everyone for the kind words directed towards me and my family. I appreciate the support and the love I have received from all of you. I will do my best to make our beloved country proud and if I shall ever fail, know that I will have tried my best.

    Thanks again
    YTR