Devonshire Parish Council Scholarship Winners

July 24, 2011

The Members of the Devonshire Parish Council have selected the three winners of the Council’s inaugural Scholarship and bursaries, after receiving over a dozen applications from individuals resident in the Devonshire Parish.

“We were very impressed with the caliber of all the applicants and believe that this generation will be instrumental in the future of Bermuda’s success,” said Scholarship Committee Chair Kimberley D. Caines. The three winners Masen O’Brien, Shawnae Brangman and Kejon Sampson are pictured below, left to right.


The winner of the Scholarship is Shawnae Brangman who will be enrolling at Arizona State University (Phoenix) in September 2011 to pursue a degree in Social Work.

Ms Brangman, a 2011 graduate of the Warwick Academy and former deputy head girl, impressed the Committee with her outstanding academics as well as her extra-curricular activities. She has danced with the Jackson School of Performing Arts in various styles of dance since she was 3, participated as a Youthnet mentor and has represented Bermuda internationally through track and field.

Ms. Brangman has been a member of the Mid-Island Striders Track Club for 5 years and as such will continue her track and field involvement as a member of the ASU Track team.

The first bursary recipient is Masen O’Brien. Mr. O’Brien is a 2011 graduate from the Bermuda Institute where he was also deputy head boy. He will be attending the Oakwood University in Oakwood, Alabama and will be pursuing a degree in Biochemistry with the hopes of becoming a forensic scientist.

He has been a member of both the National Junior Honour Society and the National Honour Society throughout his high school career. Mr. O’Brien is actively involved with his church and is a member of the Crossroads Men’s Football team. He has a passion for community service, which is evidenced by his involvements both locally and abroad.

The second bursary recipient is Kejon Sampson. Mr. Sampson graduated from the Berkeley Institute in 2009 and is currently pursuing a degree in Architectural Building and Engineering Technology at the New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island. Mr. Sampson is actively involved in the local community as a volunteer at the Centre on Angle Street and is also a decorated drummer and is a drum leader with the Centre’s Drum Camp.

Mr. Sampson played with Dandy Town Sports Club from the age of 9 to 18 and has been a member of the Junior League Bowling Team and the National Team.

The Scholarship Committee and Council Members said they would like to thank all individuals who submitted applications and wishes continued success to the applicants and winners in their endeavours both academically and in their extra-curricular pursuits. For more information about the Scholarship, email the Committee at

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  1. Arthur - Atlanta says:

    Congratulations to the winners.
    Press on to higher heights!