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Knowledge Quest Holds Semi-Annual Party

Knowledge Quest Ltd, a scholarship provider since 2002, held its semi-annual party at Bacardi headquarters on 65 Pitts Bay Road on Monday, July 11.

A spokesperson said, “Attending the party were approximately 60 people comprising current scholarship recipients, graduates, donors, directors, mentors, and volunteers. Bacardi HR Head Alana Rogers stated to the crowd that Bacardi have hosted the party and donated to Knowledge Quest since 2003 and were proud of their consistent and active role with the charity.

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“Knowledge Quest Director Fiona Luck then spoke and stated that Knowledge Quest has spent $4.2 million since inception on last resort scholarships for Bermudians who are academically capable but of limited financial means.

“She added that it is an excellent investment for donors since the organisation is one-of-a-kind or close to it as it is all volunteer and all donor funding is applied to the scholarships with no overhead expenses as confirmed by PWC audits – which are donated.”

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“She thanked the many donors as well as the charity’s directors for their foresight and generosity.

“Fellow director and past KQ scholarship recipient Kerry Fletcher then spoke to the group and stated that after earning a BSc degree in Computing Technology from the University of Newcastle from 2006-2009, she volunteered for Knowledge Quest which eventually led to a directorship.”

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“She described the recent implementation of Microsoft 365 which is free to charities and which has enhanced efficiency, enabled information sharing and eliminated silos of information, all on the Cloud with frequent backups.

“Three current students shared their individual stories with the group, including Asha Bicarie [IT at Western University in Canada], Antrell Butterfield [English Language and Literature Teacher Training at Aston University in the UK] and Jecar Chapman [Medicine at Dalhousie University in Canada].”

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“The students all thanked the donors and encouraged further giving to help as many students as possible.

“For more information, see knowledgequest.bm, which is designed and maintained by graduates.”

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Knowledge Quest’s “Giving Back” Summer Party

With over 50 students and graduates, as well as donors and mentors in attendance, Knowledge Quest Ltd., welcomed two of its recent graduates as new Directors who addressed the “Giving Back” summer party hosted by long time sponsor Bacardi Limited at their world headquarters on Pitts Bay Road.

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The Directors, Donors, Graduates and Students listened as Eneye Jatto and Kerry Fletcher hosted the bi-annual student, donor and mentor celebration. Mr. Jatto and Ms. Kerry are the first graduates of the eleven-year old Knowledge Quest charity to be appointed as Directors.

Co-President Kathy Lines stated “This is a very big day for our charity especially as two of our outstanding graduates were this week able to stand in front of their peers and be able to say that with the help of Knowledge Quest that they were now in a position to give back as Directors to the charity that helped them achieve their university educational goal. Both had already invested 6 years of their time supporting Knowledge Quest upon graduation from college.”

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Also featured at the celebration were several proud 2013 graduates as well as former graduates Zuri Darrell and Travis Stevens who also spoke on the theme of “giving back” telling of their personal experiences as mentors for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Bermuda and Knowledge Quest and KPMG, respectively.

Knowledge Quest Ltd. is a Bermuda registered financial needs-based college education scholarship charity started by five friends in 2002. To date, donations by forward thinking institutions and individual donors have enabled roughly 135 students to attend college and university abroad. Eligible applicants must apply to at least 5 other scholarships besides Knowledge Quest, submit a biographical essay and provide evidence of their financial need. All donations received are directed toward a student’s university costs. To date, the charity has helped students realize their aspirations to graduate as doctors, lawyers, architects, IT technicians, teachers, health workers, business majors, criminologists, social workers and a host of other professions.

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