Knowledge Quest was founded in early 2001 and became a registered charity in 2002. It began when a small group of friends decided that promoting further education for Bermudians of limited financial means would be a wonderful contribution to Bermuda. After some research, we learned that many academically capable students were unable to pay for college/university degrees. Empowering academically capable and financially needy Bermudians with the opportunity to earn advanced degrees we believed was a worthy endeavor and objective.
As we began to interview candidates, we realized that there were many bright and capable Bermudians who needed a financial break. We therefore applied for and received charitable status and attempted to expand our funding base.
While student profiles vary, the typical student who is offered a scholarship has finished a two-year course at Bermuda College, earned B grades, was ineligible for certain scholarships, and was not awarded others. During the school year, he/she worked one job for 20 hours per week and contributed towards family expenses. The work load encroached upon study time, so straight A’s were elusive; and because paychecks were used for room, board, and tuition, savings for further studies were inadequate.
Providing education to those who need it most and will benefit most is the vision of Knowledge Quest. Our goal is to attract important investors so that we can continue to make a difference to many deserving individuals.
For more details, check out our article as shown in The Royal Gazette.