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BIAS believes that the fundamentals of society lie with the education it provides to its youth. This is why BIAS is affiliated to a scholarship sponsored by the children of Flavio and Florence Pires, which BIAS manages on behalf of their trustees free of charge. This fund distributed between $5000 and $9000 per year to scholastically accomplished students with an emphasis on financial needs.

Additionally, BIAS privately assists with university expenses of promising university students.


Reglindis Ratteray, RN, MSN, Scholarship Recipient 2012 / 2013 and 2011 / 2012



  • reglindis-ratteraySouthern Adventist University, Tennessee
  • Graduation Date: May 2018
  • Master of Science in Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Winner of the Appleby Nicholl Scholarship, awarded once a year to Bermudian students who possess “outstanding character and scholastic abilities.” Appleby is a legal services provider in 10 jurisdictions including Bermuda and Cayman.

Recipient of the Dr. Barbara Ball Scholarship and Fessenden Trott Scholarship.

Work Experiences:

Reglindis currently works as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse at a psychiatric hospital servicing patients ages 18-100. She has also worked in an outpatient capacity serving patients ages 3-100.

In her student years she worked as an Archive Assistant at Bermuda Investment Advisory Services Limited during the 2012 summer break. In 2015, she worked at Lorraine Rest Home as a Nurses’ Aide for the summer break.

Career Objective:

Reglindis is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in education. She hopes to use her skills and expertise to teach nursing in Bermuda and abroad. Also a new mom, Reglindis hopes to complete the program within the next 1.5 years, while trying to balance her professional and family life, ensuring the mental and physical wellbeing of herself and her family.

Before enrolling in university, Reglindis graduated from the Bermuda Institute of Seventh-day Adventists in June 2011 where she obtained a 1st Class Rank. She was the recipient of the Flavio and Florence Pires Memorial Scholarship and received additional scholarship funding from BIAS during her first year of nursing studies at Southern Adventist University.


VaShon Williams, Scholarship Recipient 2011 / 2012:




  • Lima Linda University School of Medecine, California
  • Year: 3rd in 2018-2019
  • May 2016: Graduation with Double Major in Chemistry and Maths from Alabama's Oakwood University

Prior to University:

  • Scholarship: Honor Roll, Bermuda Institute
  • Distinguishing Features: Last of eight over-achieving boys, musical talents: sings, plays the violin, piano and steel pans
  • Leadership Activities: Student Association President, Bermuda Institute; Assistant Class Pastor, Teen Leader at the Hamilton Pathfinder Pioneer Club
  • Community Services: Mentor and tutor for at risk young men; usher at the Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Acknowledgement: Alpha Phi Alpha Beautillion Scholarship
  • Personal Development: Minority Introduction to the Health Sciences Program at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, California
  • Preferred Universities: Oakwood University, Alabama; La Sierra University, California; Andrews University, Michigan
  • Career Objective: Medical Sciences and Physics


Troy Anderson Jr, Scholarship Recipient 2012 / 2013



  • Florida International University
  • troy-andersonGraduation Date: 2018
  • Major: Atmospheric Science
  • Certified as Meteorological Technician and Aeronotical Information Officer in 2019
  • Currently training to become a Forecaster

Leadership Activities:

Organised and coordinated the launch of the Bermuda Weather Service's new Facebook live campaign which provided in-depth coverage of Hurricane Humberto and the Tropical Storm Jerry.

Official Representative of the Golden Panther Chapter of the FIU National Residence Hall Honorary; Treasure (Executive Board) and Hall Ambassador for FIU Panther Hall Hall Council; Member of FIU Caribbean Students Association; Member of Residence Hall Association; Captained the Panther Hall Intramural Soccer Team

In September 2014, Troy won the Nicholl Scholarship and the Fessenden-Trott Scholarship!

Work Experience:

Bermuda Weather Services, Bermuda Investment Advisory Services Limited,

High School: 

Before enrolling at university, Troy Anderson Jr. graduated with high honors from Bermuda Institute while holding the position of Head Boy in June 2013.

Career Objective:



Tenneil Ratteray, Scholarship Recipient 2012 / 2013:



  • Oakwood University, Alabama, 1st Year
  • Career Objective: Physiotherapist for Special Needs Children
  • Major: Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Minor: Child Development
  • First semester GPA: 3.81


  • Allied Health Club: helping students to become familiar with occupations in the health field
  • The Tom's Club: Bringing awareness to students of poverty, illness, etc.

Life Goal:

“Make an impact on someone’s life so they can live comfortably and happily.”


Deidra Ferguson, Scholarship Recipient 2012 / 2013

  • Southern Adventist University, Tennessee, 1st Year
  • 1st Semester GPA: 3.72
  • 2012 / 2013 Awards, acknowledgement: School Prefect, National Junior Honor Society, BI Choir, National Honor Society
  • Life Goal: Always put God first


Terrae Tuzo, Scholarship Recipient 2013 / 2014


Awards / Acknowledgement:

terrae-tuzoNominated for Bermuda Teen Service Awards Academic Category, Science Fair Award 2013, National Honors Society, Honor Roll from 2008 to 2013, IOWA Certificate of Achievement.

Leadership Activities:

Prefect and Senior Class President

Other Activities:

Involved with Duke of Edinburgh and typing letters to the editor on behalf of Willard Fox of the Bermuda Handicapped Association, recently involved with the Ministry of Community and Cultural Development “Survivor Challenge”, KPMG Senior School Investment Challenge and Bermuda Red Cross

Career Objective:

Finance & Insurance


Work hard in silence, let success be the noise

Experience to China

The Opportunity of a Lifetime


Donnalyn Shannon Smith, Scholarship Recipient 2014 / 2015


Awards, acknowledgement:

donnalyn-shannon-smithAcademic Honorable mention, Physical Education Honorable mention, Prefect of Bermuda Institute and Perfect attendance.


Volunteer at the King Edward Memorial Hospital, Member of First Church of God Transformation


Surprise Party and Scrapbox Store, Bermuda Hospital

Career Objective:

Nursing with a Specialisation in Neurology

Life Goal:

“To be happy, to give hope and help to those who don’t have it.”


Angellé Monique Byron, Scholarship Recipient 2014 / 2015


angell-monique-byronAwards, acknowledgement:

National Junior Honor Society, Prefect, Honorable Mention (Academic), Science Fair Third Place and Third place champion girl (sports).


Assisting mathematics teacher in marking papers, babysitting


First Fruits Nursery

Career Objective:

General Dentist or Solicitor

Life Goal:

“To be happy and make someone else happy by making their load a little easier.”

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