Students Receive Dr. Barbara Ball Scholarships

June 26, 2017

The Ministry of Health and Seniors has announced the 10 awardees of this year’s Dr. Barbara Ball Public Health Scholarships.

In total, 14 students are currently receiving the scholarship, including past awardees.

A Government spokesperson said, “This year the Ministry received over 50 applications, many of an exceedingly high standard. The Ministry wishes all applicants every success as they continue their studies and encourages all eligible students to apply next year.

“The selection committee had a very difficult choice as there were many deserving candidates. This pool of talented students is a boon for Bermuda’s health sector.

“After due consideration, the fourteen receiving the scholarships stood out as having a combination of academic achievement, financial need and choice of healthcare profession that would be most beneficial to public health in Bermuda.”

Chioma Nwasike, Morrissa Tucker, Zaire Morris, Pashé Douglas-Sampson, Reglindis Ratteray, Alesha Page, Teleza Pitcher, Taylor Hill, Azari Thomas, Tenneil Ratteray, Michaela Bean, Safiya Nurse, Shuntelle Paynter, Dr. Danielle Simons:

Barbara Ball Public Health Scholarships Bermuda June 2017

“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.

“Since the scholarship was founded in 2008 the Ministry of Health and Seniors has financially assisted 49 Bermudians who are beginning careers or pursuing professional development in public health. Scholarships are offered for study in a wide range of healthcare professions.

“This year the Ministry prioritized the following areas where there are known gaps in capacity: nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, and environmental health.

“Based on these criteria, this year’s recipients are:

  • Chioma Nwasike* – Medicine – Howard University
  • Teleza Pitcher* – Dental Surgery – Howard University
  • Reglindis Ratteray* – Nursing – Southern Adventist
  • Morrissa Tucker* – Social Work – Rutgers University
  • Michaela Bean – Nursing Winston Salem State University
  • Pashé Douglas-Sampson – Occupational Therapy – Quinnipiac University
  • Taylor Hill – Linguistics [pre-speech pathology] – Queens University
  • Zaire Morris – Social Work – Oakwood University
  • Safiya Nurse – Occupational Therapy – Howard University
  • Alesha Page – Medicine – University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Shuntelle Paynter – Mental Health Counselling – North Carolina A&T State University
  • Tenneil Ratteray – Physical Therapy – Andrews University
  • Dr. Danielle Simons – Public Health – University of London
  • Azari Thomas – Economics [pre-dentistry] – University of Virginia

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  1. watching says:

    Congratulations to these young ladies, but equally concerning is are there no young men entering any medical fields?

  2. wahoo says:

    Congratulations to all. I notice that all are female was that a criteria or a fluke?

  3. No males says:

    Where are the males?

  4. Skittles says:

    Congratulations, Ladies, our hopes are prayers are with you all

  5. Mad dog says:

    To late OBA

  6. Wow says:

    Congrats ladies. Come on Committee, not one boy?

  7. #gawd save the queen says:

    This is excellent. Look at our young people doing positive things. Well done young people.

  8. Cool says:

    Congrats, to the young ladies

  9. Educated says:

    Congratulations Ladies!

    Loving seeing my Bermudians attend HBCU’s as well! All the best to all!

  10. Okay says:

    Love election time..

    Congrats recipients.

  11. Bermudian Momma says:

    Congratulations ladies!

    The question to the Committee is “Did any males apply?”.

    I know of a scholarship committee that did receive any applications from a male.

    Only those who apply can be considered.

    • Dr. the Hon. Ewart F. Brown says:

      Well done ladies! Eventually we will see more Bermudians working in our healthcare system. As for the absence of male recipients, maybe next year we can circulate more information about all the scholarships to Westgate.

  12. Brier says:

    Congratulations Ladies