HAMILTON, BERMUDA, 14 July 2016, The Chubb Charitable Foundation – Bermuda is pleased to announce this year’s Robert Clements Scholarship and Bermuda College Education Award recipients:
Karen Bennett is the 20th Anniversary 2016 Robert Clements Scholar
Karen Bennett, a recent graduate of Georgia State- Perimeter College, was selected as the 2016 Robert Clements Scholar in the award’s twentieth anniversary year. She will be attending The University of Toronto in the Fall to study Actuarial Science, with a minor in Computer Science.
While attending school in Atlanta, Karen achieved the Dean’s List and participated in the Honours Programme, completing five honours courses. Karen is working towards obtaining the FCAS (Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society) certification and is currently an Actuarial intern at Deloitte Advisory Bermuda.
In addition to her academic accomplishment, she served in numerous leadership roles such as the Community Service Chair of the Student Government, Business Club President and the College Representative for the Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honours Society conference. Karen’s international experience was broadened when she studied in China and attended Zhengzhou University as a Student ambassador.
Lori Dunstan, Chair, Chubb Charitable Foundation – Bermuda said, “We are proud to welcome Karen. She joins a family of remarkable men and women who have received the Robert Clements Scholarship over the past twenty years. Karen is dedicated to her academic pursuits and undoubtedly personifies the characteristics of a Robert Clements Scholar through her community involvement, work ethic and an unparalleled drive to succeed. She is a testament to the fact that hard work and determination can bring great rewards.”
About the Robert Clements Scholarship
Over the past 20 years the Chubb Charitable Foundation – Bermuda, through the Robert Clements Scholarship and other discretionary awards, has invested in excess of $2.5m in support of 24 Bermudians to help them prepare for professional careers in Bermuda’s insurance industry.
The fully-funded four-year scholarship is open to Bermudians studying for an undergraduate or graduate degree in insurance, risk management, actuarial science or other disciplines related to the insurance industry including accounting, law, and economics. The scholarship offers students the opportunity to study for a degree without financial worry as well as employment opportunities during the holidays to provide them with relevant work experience. Recipients must be willing to return to Bermuda on completion of their studies to pursue a career in the insurance industry.
Rebekha Rhiannon Simons is the 2016 Bermuda College Education Award Recipient
Rebekha Rhiannon (“Rhia”) Simons recently graduated from Bermuda College with an Associates of Arts (Art) Degree. She will commence a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at St. John’s University in Queen’s, New York. Her goal is to become a therapist after returning to Bermuda.
“Between levels of high stress, battling addictions and the breakdown of many family units, Bermuda can benefit immensely from qualified marriage and family therapists and addictions counsellors. I believe in making a valuable contribution to society and creating opportunities for meaningful engagement with others. To be able to educate myself as a supporter and advocate for others regarding their family and personal struggles and to provide an insightful practice that ultimately benefits the clients I serve; that would be a life well lived,” said Rhia Simons.
Ms. Simon’s most impactful experiences include volunteering with The Family Centre where she was given the opportunity to work with middle school students. Her interactions with these youth inspired her, teaching her how to better communicate and understand them. While maintaining an impressive 3.9 cumulative GPA out of a possible 4.0, Rhia has been actively involved in the dance community locally and internationally. She also helped launch and facilitate the Bahai Centre’s youth group, “Young Fire”.
Samantha Froud, Chief Administration Officer, Chubb Bermuda Operations, and a member of the Bermuda College Education Award selection committee said, “The purpose of this award is to provide opportunities to graduates of Bermuda College to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in any field of study, but most importantly in an area for which they are passionate. We are extremely proud to have Rhia as our 2016 Bermuda College Education Award recipient and are confident that she will achieve her goals.”
About the Bermuda College Education Award
The Bermuda College Education Award provides $15,000 a year for two years to the successful Bermuda College graduate to assist them with the continuation of their undergraduate studies overseas. Since inception, nine Bermudian students have benefitted from the Education Award.
The Bermuda College Education Award was launched in 2008 as one component of partnership formed between Chubb and the Bermuda College. The goal of the partnership is to expose students to a business environment and prepare them for a successful career by helping them understand the connection between their studies and the workplace. This is achieved through several initiatives such as mentoring, networking events, and employment opportunities.
Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline. We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly. The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at: new.chubb.com.