Students Receive Dr. Barbara Ball Scholarships

June 27, 2016

Ten students were awarded this year’s Dr. Barbara Ball Public Health Scholarships, with Minister of Health and Seniors Jeanne Atherden saying that the winners “stood out as having the combination of academic achievement and choice of healthcare profession that would be most beneficial to Bermuda. ”

Minister Atherden said, “After due consideration, the ten scholarship winners stood out as having the combination of academic achievement and choice of healthcare profession that would be most beneficial to Bermuda. I wish all our scholarship applicants success as they prepare for their future careers in healthcare.”

L/R Deidra Ferguson, Chioma Nwasike, Morrisa Tucker, Minister Atherden, Rachel Card, Gerteikquia Hatherley

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The World Health Organization estimates that, due to growing populations, changing disease patterns and economic trends, there will be about 40 million new health sector jobs by 2030, mostly in middle- and high-income countries.

Minister Atherden said: “I encourage today’s high school students to seriously consider a healthcare career. The prospects are very good and the healthcare skills you learn will support our Bermuda Health Strategy and Action Plan.”

“Since the scholarship was founded the Ministry of Health and Seniors has financially assisted 38 Bermudians who are beginning careers or pursuing professional development in public health,” a spokesperson said.

“Scholarships may be offered for study in the following areas: nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dental hygiene, dentistry, psychiatry, drug counseling, social work, occupational safety and health, environmental health and medical studies.

“This year the Ministry received over 60 applications, many of an exceedingly high standard. Eligible applications were assessed based on academic achievement, financial need and public health need for the profession studied.”

This year’s recipients are:

  • Gerteikquia Hatherley – Nursing – University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Deidra Ferguson – Nursing – Southern Adventist University
  • Dwaynisha Pearman – Nursing – New England Institute of Technology
  • Chioma Nwasike – Medicine – Dalhousie University
  • Rachel Card – Family Nurse Practitioner – Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • Meliseanna Gibbons – Medicine – St. George’s University
  • Morrissa Tucker – Social Work – Rutgers University
  • Teleza Pitcher – Dental Surgery – Howard University
  • Stephanie Wright – Nursing – Sheffield Hallam University
  • Reglindis Ratteray – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Southern Adventist University

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  1. Nicky says:

    Fantastic Rachel! xox
    Congratulations all.

  2. cindy says:

    You young people are doing us proud. Congratulations and wishing you all the best. B.I.PE