Our vision at Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is to provide exceptional care, build strong partnerships and foster a healthy community. Our mission is to deliver safe, high-quality, people-centred, compassionate care every day.
To realise the vision, action and the mission, we employ talented Bermudians who are passionate about having a career in healthcare and who are pursuing tertiary education to reach their goals.
Bermuda Hospitals Board gave out its first education grants of $2500 each in 1975 to six young Bermudians and three members of staff. It has continued to provide scholarships for the past 44 years.
Supporting future healthcare workers helps develop a talent pipeline of Bermudians who are able to achieve the requisite qualifications to be employed to care for our community. It gives us great pleasure, therefore, to support Bermudians who are seeking a career in the exciting and diverse field of healthcare through the BHB Scholarship Programme.
What careers and education pathways does the Bermuda Hospitals Board Scholarship support?
We support a diverse range of careers, as we need people across healthcare, support and administrative professions to support front line care. Nursing professions – especially in specialist areas such as mental health, emergency, surgery, intensive care and maternity – these are areas of high need for us.
We rely on a high number of guest workers in these professions, and with a global shortage in nurses means recruiting for these positions is becoming more and more difficult. This means Bermudians who want to be nurses are more precious than diamonds!
In addition, Allied Health professionals are also highly sought after. This includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietetics, medical technologists, diagnostic imaging technologists, etc.
Bermudians studying medicine are also key people we want to support, as another area of projected need for BHB is in our hospitalist programme. We also need Bermudian physicians in speciality areas such as psychiatry.
BHB looks at the employee data on a regular basis to project areas of need and renewal of work permits to align the rewarding of scholarships to ensure that there are qualified Bermudians in the talent pipeline for replacement planning purposes.
What are the different scholarships Bermuda Hospitals Board offer?
GlaxoSmithKline Scholarship, which is valued at BD$20,000 per annum for a period of two (2) years, will be awarded to an outstanding student. This scholarship is funded by GlaxoSmithKline Insurance Ltd., a Bermuda based subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline plc. This will be going up to $25,000 in the upcoming year.
BHB General Scholarships are valued up to BD$15,000 per annum for a maximum period of four (4) years and are awarded to people studying in all healthcare-related fields.
BHB Finance Scholarships are valued up to BD$15,000 for a maximum period of two (2) years.
BHB Mental Health Scholarships are valued at BD$40,000 per annum for a maximum period of two (2) years. Applicants must have completed the Associate’s Nursing Degree at the Bermuda College. Students will be undertaking Mental Health Nurse Training and upon successful completion of the programme, will have attained a B.Sc. in Nursing (Mental Health). Successful applicants will be enrolled at the University of Northampton in the U.K.
BHB’s Dashunte Furbert Scholarships are valued up to BD$5,000 per annum for a maximum period of two (2) years. Applicants will complete the Associate’s Nursing Degree at the Bermuda College.
Who is able to apply for the Bermuda Hospitals Board Scholarship?
BHB is pleased to offer scholarships and awards to deserving young Bermudians who have an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare or finance. Applicants for Bermuda Hospitals Board Scholarships and Awards must have completed at least two years of post-secondary education, have been accepted into a core programme and be pursuing a career in healthcare, or finance.
Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution approved by a relevant licensing council and maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average or equivalent.
Successful applicants are required to work for BHB two (2) years for each year the scholarship is awarded.
Where do readers find out more information on the Bermuda Hospitals Scholarship?
When do readers apply for the Bermuda Hospitals Scholarships?
March 1 – April 30th annually
This article was originally published in the 2019 edition of the Rg Scholarships.