New Rotary scholarship established

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman awarded its first annual Bill Brooks Memorial Scholarship to Caymanian Victor Crumbley on Thursday.

The scholarship is for CI$2,500 per year for four years and is funded by Greenlight Reinsurance.

Mr. Crumbley was selected from six candidates who applied for the scholarship by a Rotary Club committee chaired by Rotarian Austin Harris.

‘The criteria for the scholarship were academic achievement combined with strong community service and activism,’ said Mr. Harris. ‘Victor showed to be the stronger of the [short-listed] two candidates.’

Mr. Harris said the selection committee was impressed with the way Mr. Crumbley carried himself at the interview.

‘He knew what he wanted and he knew what he needed to do in order to achieve it,’ he said. ‘We knew he’d follow through with his education.’

Mr. Crumbley is enrolled at the University College of the Cayman Islands, where he said he would like to remain to finish off his bachelor’s degree in social studies.

‘Then I’d like to pursue a master’s degree in marketing overseas,’ he said.

Mr. Crumbley has already made a name for himself on the radio waves. For the past nine months he has hosted the Radio Cayman show called Youth Flex on Wednesday afternoons.

When he first saw the advertisement for the scholarship in the newspaper, Mr. Crumbley said he was hesitant to apply.

‘I didn’t think I could get it at first, but after I saw the ad a few times, and read that they were looking for someone that was involved with community service, I thought I had a chance,’ he said, adding that he submitted his application on the last day allowed.

Community service is something important to Mr. Crumbley, he said.

‘I’m trying to help set up Rotaract, a Rotary club for young people between 18 and 30,’ he said.

Greenlight Reinsurance Chief Financial Officer Tim Courtis said his company planned to fund four scholarships all together, with an additional scholarship like this first one beginning in each of the next three years.

‘We’re new to the island, and we want to be good corporate citizens,’ he said. ‘We also want to empower young Caymanians to further their studies, something that’s in our best interest as well as the country’s.’

The Scholarship is named after Bill Brooks, whose son Alan is a long-standing member of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and a founding director of Greenlight Reinsurance.

The elder Mr. Brooks was also a long-standing member of the Rotary Club in his home of Coalville, Leicester in England.

Mr. Brooks asked in his Last Will and Testament that a scholarship be established through the Rotary Club in Grand Cayman.