2 Bahamians awarded 2018/19 UK Chevening Scholarships

Posted on: August 30, 2018

The British High Commissioner to the Bahamas is pleased to announce that two Bahamians have been awarded 2017-2018 Chevening Scholarships to study in the UK.

The 2018-19 Chevening scholars are D’Andra Johnson and Therell Smith.

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers full financial support for future leaders to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural events.

British High Commissioner, Asif Ahmad said “I am pleased to announce an increase in the number of Chevening Scholars from the Bahamas this year. This shows the UK’s commitment to the relationship between our countries. As we look to re-opening our High Commission in the Bahamas we will continue to seek ways of strengthen our partnership through trade and education. The UK is a world leader in education and home to some of the world’s best universities and I hope more Bahamian students will look to the UK as a destination for learning. Over the last 35 years, Over a hundred Bahamians have been selected for a Chevening Scholarship and have subsequently gone on to become respected leaders across a range of sectors. Becoming a part of the Chevening network instils a strong sense of pride and responsibility. I’ve personally seen how this opportunity is able to transform lives.”

D’Andra Ashley Johnson was born in New Providence, The Bahamas where she remained until the completion of junior high school at Nassau Christian Academy. She later moved to Abaco, The Bahamas, where she completed secondary education in 2006 at Abaco Central High School (as it then was) as Valedictorian.

D’Andra obtained an Associate of Arts degree in Law and Criminal Justice, with Distinction in from the College of The Bahamas; a Bachelor of Laws degree with Upper Second Class Honours from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados; and a Legal Education Certificate from Eugene Dupuch Law School where she was Valedictorian. She was called to The Bahamas Bar in 2016 as Counsel and Attorney-at-Law. D’Andra gained employment with Lennox Paton, a leading commercial law firm in New Providence, The Bahamas, in 2016 and is currently an Associate at the firm in the Litigation Department. D’Andra will studying for a LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution at Queen Mary University of London.

Therell Smith is a Registered Nurse who has journeyed through the public health care system in the Bahamas as a clinician and now manager in the Quality and Patient Safety Department, Public Hospitals Authority.  Her passion for health care has made an impact in the community where she has worked as an executive and member in a cross section of community health organizations including the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, Nurses Association of the Bahamas and Breastfeeding Support Group Bahamas.   Therell will pursue a Master of Science in Health Care Management at Swansea University, Wales.  She intends to apply all the knowledge gained in to enhance the quality of care offered to the Bahamian people.


By: Samara South

British High Commission Kingston

30th August, 2018

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