The Association of Bermuda International Companies proudly announced the 22 recipients of the 2019 ABIC Education Awards.

ABIC is one of the largest scholarship providers offered in Bermuda. Now in its 42nd year ABIC is very pleased to offer scholarships to those wishing to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies in an international business field. Supporting over 540 students, ABIC continues to help educate individuals that might not have had the opportunity to study abroad.

Asha Bicarie

Asha is completing her fifth and final year at the University of Western Ontario, where she studies Business Management and Organizational Studies, with a specialization in Consumer Behaviors. She aspires to become a leader in the advertising industry, where she can combine her passion for art with her knack for business. Throughout her time at Western, Asha has been involved with a number of clubs and organizations, namely the Leadership & Academic Mentorship Program, where she serves as a mentor to first year students. Asha aspires to attain her MBA and continuing to mentor the youth in her future. She has been able to acquire knowledge in many industries, as she has worked in retail, project management, market research, and banking. Her most valued accomplishment was receiving the National Outstanding Teen Award for Visual Arts in 2015.

Brady Cordeiro

Brady grew up in Bermuda where he attended and graduated from Warwick Academy with his International Baccalaureate diploma. He has a great love of all sports, having represented Bermuda internationally in both golf and volleyball. In addition to sports, Brady has a great love of music, having achieved his grade 5 ABRSM music theory and performance for trombone and he also played in the Warwick Academy jazz band. This past year, he was lucky enough to attend Neuchâtel Junior College in Switzerland for a gap year. During his year abroad, he travelled extensively throughout Europe and as far afield as Kenya where he gained a much better cultural understanding of the world. This fall, Brady will be attending Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario to study business management. He is looking forward to pursuing a career in International Business and is grateful for the opportunity that ABIC has provided.

Shani Darrell

Shani is an honours graduate of CedarBridge Academy and was a Prefect in her senior year. She will be attending St. Francis Xavier University in the fall pursuing a Batchelor in Business Administration with a focus on international business and marketing. For 3 years Shani was a member of the CBA Lady Wild Cat’s football team. Fuelled by an interest in debate she joined the CBA debate team and attended the United Nations International Student Conference at the United Nations in February 2017 on the topic of immigration. Shani enjoys volunteering in the community and has been a Candy Striper for 3 years and she embarked upon a humbling journey to India with Bermuda Overseas Missions and Habitat for Humanity in July 2018. Upon graduation from university she aspires to work within the international business sector in the field of marketing.

Zariah Franklin-Grant

Zariah attended Whitney Institute Middle School before moving with her family to England. She is a graduate of The Bluecoat Academy Sixth Form and in the fall she will be continuing her educational pursuits at the University of Leicester to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Actuarial Science. During her time at Bluecoat Academy she was actively involved in the community and the National Citizen’s Service through which she helped to plan local community activities to raise money and awareness for various problems in society. The National Citizen’s Service has opened her eyes and helped her to appreciate all of the opportunities she has been given. Zariah intends to remain highly motivated to reach her career and personal goals so that in the future she will be able to give back to the Bermuda community. In addition to being active in her community, she has participated in football clubs in both Bermuda and Nottingham. Upon the completion of her degree Zariah intends to return to Bermuda to begin her career as an Actuary.

Zya Fraser

Zya is pursuing a BBA in Risk Management and Insurance at Georgia State University (GSU) and is currently on the Dean’s List. At GSU Zya is a member of Gamma Iota Sigma – The International Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science Collegiate Fraternity, and is the newly elected President & Liaison of the GSU Bermuda Delegate Association. Outside of school, Zya volunteers at Our House Atlanta, a homeless shelter for families with newborns. Prior to this, she graduated from the Bermuda College in 2018 with an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration and simultaneously graduated from The Berkeley Institute as an Advanced Honours Magna Cum Laude student where she was a Senior Prefect, President of Club Pangea, a peer tutoring programme for struggling students, school dance choreographer and Student Council Treasurer. Zya is also a semi full-time dance student with United Dance Productions and she was bestowed the honor of being inducted as a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. After completing her degree in May 2020, Zya plans to return to Bermuda and begin her career in the insurance industry while also giving back and mentoring students who are also interested in this field to create their path.

Nicholas Hassell

Nicholas is transferring from Mount Saint Vincent University to Trinity Western University in British Columbia for his 2nd year of a BBA degree. He has had a lifelong passion for hospitality and earned his Associates in Hospitality Management from the Bermuda College while working in different divisions of the hospitality industry and he is currently a Guest Service Agent at the Reefs Resort & Club. These experiences have helped him develop his goals and dreams and opportunity to learn valuable skills. Upon achieving his BBA Nicholas will return to Bermuda bringing with him valuable business knowledge to support international business and the tourism industries. In his spare time, Nicholas enjoys music and plays the piano at Sunday service and has volunteered at summer day camps.

Marley Hines

Marley is a 2019 graduate from the dual enrollment program with CedarBridge Academy and the Bermuda College, from which he has earned an Associate Degree in Arts & Science and in the fall he will be attending Bryant University to study Economics & International Business. He particularly found the economics classes at Bermuda College to be very stimulating and the real life applications and problem solving aspects have sparked his interest. Marley enjoys learning and has been an Honours student throughout. He enjoys playing football and practices Muy Thai. Marley is involved with the Kappa League, a leadership program geared towards giving young men the tools needed to become successful and through this he has participated in community service events including the Kappa Classic. He is also active in his church. Marley is interning with Colonial International Group this summer in the special projects department.

Finn Maitland

Finn attended school at Saltus, Kings College in New Zealand and graduated High School from Cushing Academy in Massachusetts. He excelled in science but he wasn’t passionate about this subject so he enrolled in a week-long course at Stevens Institute of Technology in NJ prior to entering his senior year. It was at this course where he solidified the choice to follow a path in the business realm. While living in NZ, he visited Bali and witnessed the plastic in the oceans and became very concerned about the environment. He felt the need to get involved in protecting our oceans and organized beach clean-ups in Bermuda, initiated a 4Ocean beach clean up at Revere Beach, MA while at Cushing and started a school club called “Sea No Plastic”. This fall he will be attending Clemson University entering the college of business. After graduating from Clemson and hopefully gaining work experience abroad, he plans to return to Bermuda to be an integral part of the International Business community.

Zahkari Minors

Zahkari graduated from The Berkeley Institute in June 2018, with a Cum Laude distinction and will be studying Actuarial Science at the University of Kent this fall. Zahkari is an avid sportsman but field hockey is the sport that has truly captured his heart. When not playing in the North East Field Hockey Association Men’s league in New York, Zahkari helps coach up and coming youth hockey players on the island in hopes that field hockey can continue to grow as a sport in the community and not take a backseat to the more popular activities such as cricket or football. Zahkari stands by the theory that the comfort zone albeit, a beautiful place, is a place where nothing ever grows. One must overcome numerous challenges and adversity to truly grow. Upon completion of his studies, Zahkari plans on returning to Bermuda utilizing his skills to be an active participant in the local and global economy, whilst upholding Bermuda’s reputation as a leader in International Business.

Keneilla Morrison

Keneilla graduated from Bermuda College with an Associate Degree in Business Administration in May 2019 and will attend Georgia State University to complete a Bachelor in accounting this fall. Keneilla’s goal is to obtain a CPA designation as it is essential to her that she contributes to Bermuda in a field that is in high demand. She is also a graduate student of CedarBridge Academy where she was Prefect in her final year, a position she upheld as a good role model for her peers and juniors. She has volunteered at Creative Touch preschool along with other events pertaining to track and field. While at Bermuda College she was nominated to the Fast Track 2018/19 and she was sponsored by RenRe to attend the Reinsurance Association of America two-day reinsurance basics program, where she earned a Certificate of Achievement in Reinsurance. Keneilla’s keenness to work hard has helped her to overcome obstacles; she will be able to reach her goals because she is willing to go the extra mile to achieve success.

Naomi Proctor

Naomi is a graduate of Warwick Academy and held the role of Deputy Head Girl. She will be attending the University of Bristol in the fall to pursue a Bachelor in International Business Management. Throughout her secondary education she was on the First and Second Honour Roll, and during her International Baccalaureate Diploma, accomplished Principal’s Honour Roll for Academic Achievement. Naomi has enjoyed giving back to the community and during the summer of 2018, she travelled with Bermuda Overseas Missions to India to participate in a Humanitarian Mission. By building homes for impoverished families, she was able to reach beyond her comfort zone and truly appreciate the opportunities she has been given. She intends to remain passionate and motivated to reach her academic goals as well as success in her future career.

Aaron Ratteray

Aaron is entering his sophomore year at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, majoring in Finance with a minor in Music Performance. It was during an accounting class in the eleventh grade, that he discovered a love for business and knew he had to pursue a degree within this field. Aaron has matriculated well into college life and continuously strives for excellence in everything he does while also assisting others to do the same. Music transformed Aaron’s life at eleven years old when he taught himself to play piano. His musical journey has afforded him many opportunities. He has played for various churches around the island and for local gospel groups, including ‘Last Call’. Aaron believes that music is a universal gift that he has been blessed to impart and he hopes to one day open a music school in Bermuda using a technology-based curriculum. Aaron resonates with the motto: “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville.

Daniel Ritchie

Daniel is currently pursuing a BSc in Economics with a specialization in Finance and Organizations, at the University of Amsterdam. He received his International Baccalaureate diploma at The International School of Berlin; prior to this, his education took place at Warwick Academy and in London. Daniel enjoys serving his community, he volunteers at the Bermuda International Film Festival as a pre-screener. He is also interested in international affairs and has currently been selected as a delegate for an international model United Nations assembly. Daniel continues to learn about international businesses through his various internships with BFIS, Validus Re, and Chubb. His focus is to strengthen his understanding of the various intricate mechanisms which contribute to a prosperous economy and develop the necessary tools to help sustain this prosperity. Upon graduation, he plans on returning to Bermuda and starting a career as insurance professional with the long term goal of given back to his community.

Faiz Shakir

Faiz is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Insurance and Risk Management at St. John’s University. He is on the Dean’s List and has been inducted into prestigious international honor societies for his academic excellence. At St. John’s University, he was selected to be a student ambassador and is a member of Gamma Iota Sigma, the national academic fraternity for Risk Management and Insurance. He has served as the President of the Student Government Association and Captain of the Speech and Debate Team while at his previous community college. His continuous dedication to his community has led him to become the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Faiz is ecstatic to be attending SJU, his dream institution since high school. Ultimately, he hopes to settle into a successful career post-graduation and intends to give back and become a role model for young Bermudians, as he continues to promote international business in Bermuda.

Jordan Smith

Jordan has completed two years at Cardiff Metropolitan University within the management school and intends on continuing at Queen Mary University of London, for post graduate education. Currently, he is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Business Management with a view towards earning the CPCU designation and becoming a fully qualified underwriter. As a young person, he is committed to establishing a successful and well-seasoned career in the reinsurance industry, not only in Bermuda, but on a global spectrum. Being a student athlete through playing cricket at university, this is something that has helped him to develop a good work/life balance whilst maintaining the appropriate amount of commitment between the two. He continues to give back to the cricketing community in Bermuda through volunteering at events as well as coaching the under 12 age groups throughout the summer league. Upon completion of his study, he plans to return to Bermuda to work within the reinsurance industry in an effort to better his island’s economy. Jordan is a strong believer of coming out of your comfort zone, as it is usually the things that you are most uncomfortable doing that will enable you to achieve success.

Kiara Virgil-Wainwright

Kiara was dually enrolled at The Berkeley Institute and Bermuda College, where she recently graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration with distinction. During her time at Bermuda College, Kiara was inducted as an inaugural member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and upon graduating in May, she was awarded the Chubb Bermuda College Education Award. While believing that higher education is a substantial instrument of change, Kiara will be continuing her educational pursuits at Georgia State University, to obtain her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Accounting is the subject for which she has been passionate since a very young age. Kiara describes accountants as the financial minds responsible for the efficient running of businesses and looks forward to rendering her services to Bermuda’s international business sector, upon completion of her studies. Alongside pursuing her educational objectives, Kiara looks forward to being intellectually and academically challenged while being in a new environment and having the opportunity to grow as a person in the process.

Jalen Wales

Jalen graduated from The Berkeley Institute in 2018 and is now studying Actuarial Science at the University of Kent. At Berkeley, Jalen was an Honour Roll student, a Prefect and also participated in the YouthNet Mentor program. He has always had a passion for Mathematics, for which he has been the recipient of numerous math awards throughout his time in school. At Kent he is a member of the Invicta Actuarial Society, Kent Maths Society and he plays for the University of Kent Cricket Team. Jalen aspires to have a career in the reinsurance industry as an actuary and will begin his journey as an intern at Hannover Re this summer. Jalen is completely dedicated and can’t wait to have a career that is going to keep him working hard and mentally challenged.

Jade Weaver

Jade is a Bermuda High School IB Diploma graduate as well as a Bermuda College graduate where she received her Associate of Arts in Business Administration with merit. She is currently at Saint Mary’s University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in Management while minoring in Psychology. Jade is a hardworking and dedicated individual who is actively involved with the Bermuda Women’s National Volleyball Team competing locally and internationally on several occasions. Additionally, Jade’s passion for theatre arts has allowed her to perform locally and internationally when she was younger. More recently, she has taken on a backstage personality by volunteering for the In Motion School of Dance as backstage and lighting crew. Jade plans to return to the island and complete her insurance designations to begin a career in the international business sector.

Sofia Welmer

Sofia is a graduate Honours student from Warwick Academy, planning to attend the University of Sussex this fall to study International Business. She is a well-rounded student and speaks Spanish fluently and Swedish proficiently. Alongside her studies, she found time to participate in various extra-curricular activities including volleyball, football (part of the AllStar Football team for 3 years) and Prom Committee. As a prefect in Year 11, she realized her potential as a leader by taking the initiative and being a problem-solver. As she moved into the IB Diploma, she became a Student Leader in Year 13 and continued to hone these skills. Sofia recognizes the importance of giving back to her community volunteering at WindReach and a local Rest Home. She is a proponent of globalization and the benefits it brings to our developing world and believes the most dangerous phrase in any language is ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ Sofia hopes to lend a hand in developing alternative ways to create a sustainable and interconnected earth through the world of Business.

Zantae Dill

Post Graduate

Zantae is a graduate from the University of the West of England with a Bachelor of Law and Psychology. She is pleased to have maintained a 2:1 for the duration of her studies. In September, she will be completing the legal practice course along with a Master’s in Business, Law and Management, as the next step before returning to the island to complete her pupillage. Since retiring from her long standing gymnastics career, Zantae has continued her love for health and fitness through going to the gym and has also taken up tennis as a recreational hobby. Zantae is proud to have been a previous recipient of an ABIC Education Award and is grateful for the opportunity to continue her studies with the aid of ABIC funding. Zantae is excited to commence her final year of legal studies before being called to the Bermuda Bar, starting her career as a corporate lawyer and giving back to the community which has allowed her to flourish.

Nicole Walker

Alumni Award

Nicole has over a decade of experience in International Business, primarily within the Captive Insurance sector and completed an Associate degree with Merit at the Bermuda College, while working. As a mature student, Nicole has remained determined to complete her undergraduate education. She is currently a full-time, distance learning student, pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Management and a minor in Strategic Human Resources at Mount Saint Vincent University via the Bermuda College. Nicole is also enrolled in a Compliance certification program at the Bermuda College. Nicole has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda for 3 years and was recently recognized as the 2019 Big Sister of the Year. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, experiencing new cultures, researching natural remedies and walks with her dog. Nicole hopes to be an inspiration to others that it is never too late to complete a university degree or change careers and desires to one day be able to contribute financially to another deserving student’s educational endeavors.

Rajah Steede

Post Graduate

Rajah graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management & Insurance and received the RMI Undergraduate of the Year Award from Georgia State University. During her time at GSU she fulfilled a plethora of leadership roles, engaged in community service, and excelled academically. Due to her positive contributions to the university and the Atlanta community, she was selected as a candidate for Ms. Georgia State University. As a result of her scholastic record, Rajah was invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society. Rajah’s highlights of her undergraduate career were studying abroad in Dubai & Abu Dhabi, participating in a Panther Breakaway service trip to Jacksonville, FL, running for Ms. GSU and being crowned Miss Black & Gold in the Zeta Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Miss Black & Gold pageant. She has enjoyed her experience at GSU and will return in the fall to pursue her Master’s in International Business. This summer she is enjoying working with Aspen gaining knowledge and skills to further her professional career.