At Trott & Duncan we strongly believe in the importance of supporting young Bermudians who aspire to a career in the legal profession. It takes hard work and commitment, but the practice of law is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career.
The Educational Scholarship Award was founded in 2007 in honour of Ms. Shirley D. Simmons, a consultant with the firm. A trailblazer for women in the legal profession, Ms. Simmons is one of the most senior and highly regarded members of the Bar Association in this jurisdiction. The Scholarship Award is intended to support those who have a strong desire and who show true dedication to pursuing a career in law. Successful candidates receive a $10,000 bursary to contribute to their ongoing educational development.
Applicants must submit proof of acceptance into or enrolment at a law school or post-graduate vocational law course. Applicants will be invited to interview with the Trott & Duncan Scholarship Award Committee during the month of August. A candidate will be selected based on academic qualifications and/or achievements, academic and personal references as well as his/her performance at the interview. Applicants must submit the following documents electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- a covering letter indicating why the Scholarship Award Committee should grant the Scholarship Award to you;
- a copy of an acceptance letter or current transcripts;
- an up-to-date curriculum vitae;
- a copy of proof of Bermudian status.
In addition applicants may also complete an online application and supply the above information through www.bermudascholarships.com.
All documents must be submitted on or before 31st July. The winner will be announced by 31st August annually.
2011 – Samuel Hewitt
A graduate of Sandy's Secondary and IMPACT Mentoring Academy, Samuel Hewitt's determination to have a career in law impressed Trott & Duncan to make an exception to the 2011 scholarship amount and award $25,000. Mr. Hewitt is enrolled at Cardiff University where he will complete his LLB law degree. Mr. Hewitt's goal is to return to Bermuda where he aims, " to make a positive impact and give back to the community."
2010 – Celia Tuzo / Shannon Cann
With a firm practical knowledge in the area of Conveyance, Ms. Tuzo’s commitment to her education is inspiring as she perseveres towards her goal of higher education. Successful completion of the Kent Law Program has readied her for the next step at Temple University.
In 2010, Trott & Duncan made the unprecedented decision to also award a second bursary to Ms. Shannon Cann in the amount of $2,500.00. A graduate of Warwick Academy Ms. Cann is pursuing her law degree at University of the West of England in Bristol.
2009 – Akilah Beckles
A Bermuda High School alumn, Ms. Beckles received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies from Queens University and is currently enrolled in Queen Mary, University of London. In 2009, Ms Beckles was awarded $10,000 to further pursue her passion for law, which was evident both in person and throughout her application.
2008 – Shannon Dyer
Shannon Dyer, of Sandys Parish, was the successful recipient of the 2008 Shirley D.Simmons Educational Scholarship Award. Shannon graduated from Morehouse College, in Atlanta, in 2007 and started his Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School, in London, in September 2007.
"Shannon showed passion and a strong commitment to a career in law and stood out, amongst the other candidates, to the scholarship committee. We were delighted to present him with the $10,000 bursary and look forward to following his ongoing development". Delroy B. Duncan – Managing Director, Trott & Duncan.
2007 – Kyle Masters