Bahamian Bradley Watson awarded UK’s Chevening Scholarship

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The British High Commission Nassau is pleased to announce that this year’s Bahamian Chevening Scholar is Bradley Watson from Nassau, New Providence. Bradley, who was selected from a competitive field of over 50,000 applicants and over 5,000 shortlisted
candidates, will enrol in MSc in Sustainable Development at University of St Andrews, Scotland. His long-term goal is to return home and work on projects that promote sustainable development in The Bahamas.

Bradley graduated from Kingsway Academy and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the College of Charleston and a Master’s of Science degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has worked as a Science Officer at the Bahamas National Trust since 2019.

According to Bradley, the experience of: ‘Working with casualties of climate change post- hurricane Dorian illustrated that the fight for the environment and the fight for society are the same. We must integrate information from the environment, society and economics to support successful, long term climate change adaptations. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals motivate us to build sustainably and respond to climate change with adaptive and mitigating actions. I plan to act on these directives, integrating the cause of environmental conservation with that of human rights during my course of study.’ British High Commissioner Sarah Dickson said: ‘It means a lot to me that Bradley is passionate about conservation and human rights. Having witnessed the devastation from hurricane Dorian, I am encouraged by his plan to return home to work on sustainable development policy in a climate vulnerable archipelago like The Bahamas.

I am confident that the Chevening award will provide an opportunity for Bradley to learn more about how to promote sustainable development. I wish him all the best.’ Chevening is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders
the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to professionals from all over the world to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university. Since 1983, when the Chevening Scholarships programme commenced, over a hundred Bahamian students have been selected for the award and have subsequently returned to The Bahamas to become leaders in such diverse fields as law, medicine, diplomacy, law enforcement, and the military.

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