Wayne Caines, CEO of Digicel, left, congratulates Yusef Te’Jour Riley, Digicel’s scholarship recipient. *Photo supplied
Wayne Caines, CEO of Digicel, left, congratulates Yusef Te’Jour Riley, Digicel’s scholarship recipient. *Photo supplied

The Digicel Scholarship for Sport awarded $20,000 for one year to a young Bermudian athlete to pursue training in the sport of his or her interest overseas while pursuing a degree at an accredited institution.  Interested applicants were required to submit their applications by July 1, 2011.

After a competitive selection process, the recipient of the Digicel Scholarship for Sport has been selected. Digicel wishes to congratulate Yusef Te’Jour Riley, a 17-year-old basketball star, who has been awarded the $20,000 scholarship to continue his studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

Mr Riley is an extraordinary athlete with much experience for his young age.

He was named All-Star at the 5 Star National Basketball Camp in Pennsylvania in 2008. 

In 2009, he played for the Georgetown District High School in Canada where he led the team in blocks, steals, rebounds and points and he was selected for the Halton County All Star team in Canada. 

In 2010, Mr Riley received a scholarship to attend Metropolitan Preparatory Academy and was then selected for the National Prep School Athletic Association All-Star team. 

This February, he was named ‘Top Prospect’ at the Hoop Mountain Showcase in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania. 

The following month, he was selected to participate in the “Battle of the Boards” basketball showcase in Toronto.

He also played as a point guard and shooting guard on the Under 18 National Bermuda Basketball team.

Additionally, Mr Riley is focused on his academics. He received the Political Science Award when he graduated with honours from the Metropolitan Preparatory Academy this spring. While Te’Jour was recruited by five different Canadian universities, he ultimately chose the prestigious McGill University, where he will pursue a double major in political science and English while playing basketball.

Criteria

This scholarship had two sets of eligibility criteria to allow both students and full-time athletes to apply. 

Students were required to have a “B” average and to meet criteria of character and leadership. 

They also needed to provide proof of acceptance into an accredited college or university and to agree to participate in the sport of interest at that college or university. Full-time athletes were required to be affiliated with a professional sporting body and to demonstrate sporting achievements. 

They also needed to provide proof of acceptance into a sports organization or training school.

Scholarship details

There are many academically focused scholarships offered in Bermuda or even scholarships targeted at specific sports, but not as many scholarships that are focused on sports in general.

The recipient will be employed at Digicel during any breaks during the one-year period of the scholarship.

There is no work requirement following the completion of a degree. Our scholarship recipients work in the fields of their choice after completion of their degrees.

For example, Mr Riley is studying to be a lawyer and we wish him all the best. Digicel, however, does not provide in-house law training!

We would advise future applicants for any scholarship, whether it is for sports or any other field, to study hard, get involved in extracurricular activities, demonstrate leadership, and set goals.

More information about Yusef Te’Jour Riley, the Digicel Scholarship for Sport, and Digicel Bermuda may be found on our website: www.digicelbermuda.com