Outstanding students off to United World Colleges

| 19/05/2011

(CNS): Three Caymanian students will be travelling abroad this fall to further their studies and represent the Cayman Islands at the prestigious United World Colleges (UWC). Selected from a very strong pool of applicants, Kathryn Schirn of Cayman Prep and High School, Abigail Drummond of St. Ignatius Catholic High School and Zachary Jones of the Layman E. Scott Sr. High School (formerly Cayman Brac High School) were selected as UWC scholars by the United World Colleges (Cayman Islands) National Foundation for the 2011-2013 academic years. They will be attending on full-scholarship the UWC Costa Rica, the UWC of the Atlantic in Wales and the UWC-USA, respectively.

The United World Colleges (Cayman Islands) National Foundation (CIUWC) is a charitable organisation dedicated to providing scholarships for outstanding Caymanian students to advance their academic careers by completing the challenging International Baccalaureate Diploma program. Funding for scholarships is provided by both corporate and individual donations. For the third consecutive year, CIUWC was able to maintain its expanded scholarship program. This was made financially possible by the donation of US$20,000 by Deutsche Bank Cayman Islands, their third of five committed years to do so.

Orchid Morrison, Chairperson for the CIUWC Board, stated, “We are absolutely delighted that Deutsche Bank have continued their commitment and support for our organisation. CIUWC affords bright young Caymanians the opportunity to advance in their future endeavours by placing them in a very academically and socially challenging yet rewarding environment, which prepares them for the competitive environments of University and life in general. We would not be able to send these young Caymanians to these UWCs without the consistent support of Deutsche Bank and other corporate sponsors.”

Janet Hislop, Chief Country Officer for Deutsche Bank Cayman Islands, said, “Supporting young Caymanians and helping them realise their full potential is an important part of our commitment to the local community. With such a broad mix of students and a diverse range of nationalities, an education at a United World College is a fantastic experience that can really help students explore and develop an appreciation of international and cultural issues.  Helping local students to benefit from life-changing experiences such as this is something we believe passionately in, so that in the future they might return to contribute towards Cayman society in a unique and positive way.”

Founded on the ideals of international peace and understanding, the United World Colleges (UWC) are a two-year, university preparation programme for students aged 16–18 years that awards the International Baccalaureate Diploma on successful completion. A multidisciplinary, rigorous academic program, strong emphasis on community service and a wide range of cultural and outdoor activities are all part of the challenge and excitement of a UWC education. The thirteen UWC campuses are located across the globe and each presents a unique and exemplary learning environment for those in attendance.

Companies and individuals interested in making a donation to CIUWC are invited to contact Morrison at CIUWCFoundation@yahoo.com or (345) 814–2734. Photo top:  Deutsche Bank Chief Country OfficerJanet Hislop (Left) and CIUWC Chairperson Orchid Morrison.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well done to all three. The UWC is an outstanding educational opportunity.

  2. Anonymous says:

    CONGRATULATIONS to all of them – but especially our Zachary Jones. Zach may you embrace this experience and reach for the stars. I know your parents are very proud of your achievements. God Bless you.