New scholarship to fund study in old profession

| 16/02/2011

(CNS): A new scholarship has been created to offer young Caymanians the opportunity to pursue one of the country’s oldest professions. The education ministry in partnership with the Seafarers Association and the Cayman Maritime Heritage Foundation will be giving $20,000 annually to students wishing to pursue maritime related careers, once one the most common professions for Caymanians but now rarely pursued. The Gwen Bush Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has been added to the scholarship secretariat’s registry, is named for Cayman’s primary contact for the Southwell Recruiting Company, which hired seamen for National Bulk Carriers in the mid 1900s, GIS revealed in a release this week.

Minister Rolston Anglin signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the scholarship last week with the Seafarers Chairman Hartmann DaCosta and the foundation president Jerris Miller. The two organisations came up with the idea and representatives from both entities will be on the Gwen Bush Scholarship selection panels. The scholarship’s first recipient is Ned J. Miller III, Jerris Miller’s son, who had been selected for the scholarship before the ministry joined the partnership with the two organisations.

Miller is already pursuing undergraduate qualifications at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, Rhode Island, and Anglin presented the first scholarship cheque to Ned’s father.

Gwen Bush’s sons, John and David Bodden, and John’s wife,Nancy, were also in attendance. John Bodden offered his thanks to the government and the two associations for honouring his mother. “My mother was a special person who believed in hard work and taught us that your reward was your pay,” he informed the panel. “She would always say that fame and fortune go as fast as they come, but a good education lasts forever.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Kultur,

    That is really spelt culture.   Maybe you should ask for one in manners and also any kind of help would be greatly appreciated by the community for you.   You should really be ashamed to be so negative about people that are trying to improve themselves.   Caymanians have always been self made people and lets see,  at one time, Cayman had the most sea captains of any place in the world.   There are so many other reasons for Caymanians to be proud of their heritage in the many ways that we have excelled.   I am so sorry if you are negative but maybe if you keep reading and searching, you will hear some beautiful music at some time and you will not need to be so, well, sarcastic?   All the best to you and we are all hoping for you to change and appreciate all the lovely things around you.  Best Regards from one that really appreciates and enjoys all that is Cayman Culture.

    • Anne on a Moose says:

      Please don’t take this as a defense of Kultur, but please, enough of the fantasy sea-faring claims. Cayman cannot possibly have had more sea captains than anywhere else in the world at any time. Per capita of population? – hmm maybe –  but then the definition of "captain" needs to be addressed –  "in possession of a Master Mariners certificate" maybe.

      Anyway, enough from me, but please remember that most countries in the world with a coastline have a seafaring tradition and please don’t exaggerate Cayman’s.   

  2. I see you says:

    If anyone would like to see what this scholarship is accomplishing and the work this young man is doing just do a search on IYRS BLOG and see and read about him at work.

    Some really interesting and rewarding reading, you will see him working on all types of wooden boats from an 11 foot beetle cat up to a 133 foot, 108 year old schooner and many boats in between

  3. Godfrey McLean says:

    The Seaman’s Recruiting Agency, which was PanCarib Agency. Instead of " Southwell Recruiting Company" The Company we went to sea was National Bulk Carriers or Universal Tankers. Mr. Southwell was one of the recruiters along with a few others who worked in the main office. Please correct and in future enquire before printing erroneous information.

    CNS: The information in this article was all provided by Government Information Services in a press release. While we are happy to provide space for press releases we cannot possibly check all the facts contained in them. However, as you have shown here, the comment section does provide the opportunity for readers to point out what they believe to be errors.

  4. Right ya so says:

     Wasn’t there an article just recently in the media about a young man from Cayman, ? Sargison, studying (and building) shipbuilding?? Surely he would be interested – and if I remember correctly he does have a maritime background….?

    • anonymous says:

      Yes, Tom Sargison, 26, has a degree in Marine Biology, crossed the Atlantic in a 40’sailboat, and is studying boat building at the Boat Academy, in Lyme Regis, UK. He’s building a cat boat to be launched in June. Although his parents have lived in Cayman for 30 yrs. and Tom was raised here, I doubt that he is ….uh…."qualified" to apply for such a scholarship.

      • Anonymous says:

        The amount of time that Mr. Sargison’s parents have been in the country is irrelevant. If Mr. Sargison is Caymanian, ie. holds Caymanian Status, then he should apply for the scholarship, and he will be considered on merit.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great news and hope it’s the start of new things in preserving our heritage and culture. Have more cultural events especially in cooking and arts this way we can share our traditions with tourist and expats. Cayman has got to get back to our cultural values as this is the main reason for the breakdown today in our society. A National Lottery would be a good area to help fund these sort of programs and projects.

    Keep up the good work Mr. Kem, Mr. Harvey Ebanks, Mr. Loxley and the great people at the National Trust,The Ministry,CI Museum and Cultural & Arts.


  6. Kultur says:

    Well, well well. Hopefully we will also now get scholarships for teaching:- the extraction of the dye out of logwood for the burgeoning logwood export industry, rope twisting and thatch palm manufacture for the rope export industry and the new houses going up around the place and scratchy out of tune fiddle music for the tourist/nightclub scene. As for the first winner of the scholarship and the circumstances surrounding it, "only in Cayman".

    • Anonymous says:

      Dear Katur I would vote you as most in need of a scholarship to the School of Respect. If you do not have a heritage worthy of respect, then have the decency not to be disrespectful of ours.