On Monday, August 15, the Department of Education hosted a reception at the Cayman Marriott Beach Resort for the 133 scholars who received a Council for Education Abroad Scholarship for Fall 2022.
The reception was intended to celebrate new scholars as they embark on their higher education journey. It also allowed students to meet other academics and network with interview panelists, MOE staff and Board of Education members who were in attendance.
Throughout the evening, fellows and their guests received words of encouragement and valuable advice from some key fellowship stakeholders.
Department of Education Deputy Chief Officer Joel Francis was among those who addressed the academics during the evening’s festivities. He congratulated the students for their achievements.
Mr Francis also commented saying:
The amount of scholarships allocated to students has increased over the years, with students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies now having access to up to $30,000.00 and $35,000.00 per year, respectively . These changes demonstrate the Cayman Islands Government’s support for your [scholars’] continuous development.
The audience also heard from the Chair of the Board of Education, Mr. Shomari Scott. He thanked the various stakeholders for their commitment and hard work and shared valuable advice with the academics.
Former Fellow Dwight Douglas and his mother, Mrs. Tiffany Chisholm, were also on hand to share their experience with new Fellows and their guests.
Both encouraged students to push themselves to explore new opportunities and relationships. They further urged students to stay in touch with those who have supported them thus far: teachers, coaches, mentors, parents and friends, as they will continue to be important sources of guidance and encouragement.
Members of the Fellowship Secretariat Unit completed the official part of the evening’s activities. Director Dr. Shari Smith described essential strategies for dealing with a new environment. She also urged fellows to maintain close contact with the Fellowships Unit as Dr. Nicole Thompson, Senior Fellowships Administrator, delivered closing remarks.
The Board of Education Scholarship is available to all Caymanian students wishing to pursue higher education.
For more information on the various grants and scholarship offers or to apply for an Education Council scholarship, please visit the Scholarships Secretariat Unit website at www.moescholarships.gov.ky .