News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – AXAXL, the P&C and specialty risk division of AXASA (“AXA”), announced that the 2022 AXA XL Scholarship has been awarded to University of British Columbia (“UBC”) Sauder School of Business student Danie lOsset.
The AXAXL Scholarship is a full scholarship open to students who are Bermudian or hold Permanent Resident Certificate status and are working toward a degree in (re)insurance industry related studies.
Nineteen-year-old Daniel, the son of Jose and Addy Osset of Smith’s Parish, will start his sophmore year at UBC this September. He plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2025. With a passion for mathematics and quantitative-related subjects, Daniel is considering a career in risk management or as an actuary.
During his first year at UBC, Daniel carried a full course load each semester and performed above the class average across all courses. He also participated in intramural sports and has volunteered to assist with the orientation of freshman students this September. Prior to UBC, he attended Saltus Grammar School, where he excelled academically, achieving the highest number of IGCSEs for his year group in Grade 10 (Year 11) including top marks in Mathematics, Computer Science and French and Spanish. In his final year, despite a busy and demanding workload, he achieved an overall GPA of 3.93 out of 4 and was on the Honour Roll each term, including earning an “A” grade in AP (Advanced Placement) Macroeconomics, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, AP English Language, and Ethics as well as an “A+” in Spanish.
Throughout his time at Saltus, Daniel achieved various academic honours, including the Marine Science, Computer Science, Spanish and School Spirit Awards. He also received the Chartered Professional Accountants Outstanding Student Award given for scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, school spirit and community involvement at his graduation in Ma y2021. In addition to his academic achievements, Daniel has performed well outside of the classroom.
In his senior year, he was co-Head of Gold Key, a student-led organization working to provide prospective parents with guided tours of Saltus. He was a member of the Saltus Debate Club and his team won the National Debate Championships in March 2020. Daniel also represented Saltus in varsity interschool competitions for football, swimming, volleyball, cross-country, track and field, and rugby, and was selected as House Captain in his senior year, also winning the Sport award for Darrell House at graduation.
He earned the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and completed the Gold Award this year. In 2021, Daniel earned his Rescue Diver certification with Waterstart, a charitable program that teaches marine science and ecological awareness. In terms of his community involvement, Daniel has been a swim instructor to children and a volunteer football coach since 2017, working primarily with 4 to 7 year olds in ABC Football Academy. He currently plays for BAA Men’s Team. He has also worked as a summer intern with Waterstart for the last two summers.
AXAXL Scholarship Committee Chairperson Carol Parker Trott said: “We continue to be impressed with the talented young people who apply for the scholarship. It’s always a pleasure to meet students who are not only academically advanced but also upstanding in character and committed to contributing to the community. We are pleased to select Daniel as the 2022 AXA XL Scholar as he possesses all of these attributes. We look forward to supporting him in his educational endeavors and pursuit of a career in the insurance industry.”