Kimberly Solomon is the 2007 recipient of the Water Authority’s Scholarship Award.
The scholarship will allow Ms Solomon to pursue a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in her chosen field of Management Information Systems at the University of South Florida commencing this month.
Ms Solomon, of Lower Valley, is the daughter of Mitzi and Jules Jervis and Mr. Newton Solomon. She is awaiting the results of her A-levels exams, which she sat in June. She graduated from St Ignatius High School with honours in 2005 and remained at the school until June this year, studying for her A’ Levels. Ms Solomon has been working with the Water Authority as a summer student since the completion of her exams in June.
‘We had some excellent scholarship candidates this year but Kimberly really impressed us with her poise, ambition and mature outlook on life,’ said Ms Pat Bell, chief Human Resources manager at the Water Authority. ‘In addition to her stellar academic performance, we recognised that Kimberly is a well-rounded individual who has been involved in numerous extra-curricular activities including learning the piano, playing tennis and various school-based voluntary activities.’
Ms Solomon participated at the highest level in Junior Achievement, the Key Club and junior parliament. Her summer work experiences were varied in the areas of marketing, HR, IT and general administration. It was through these work experiences that Ms Solomon confirmed her passion for computers. She plans to return to the Cayman Islands to work in the Water Authority’s IT Department upon completion of her studies abroad.
‘I would like to thank the Water Authority for the opportunity to obtain an undergraduate degree in my desired field.’ said Ms Solomon. ‘I am completely ecstatic about getting started on a new path towards success and believe that the experience I will gain while studying abroad will not only make me an asset to their company, but to the Cayman Islands on a whole.’
Mr. Joey Ebanks, Water Authority Board member states, ‘The Water Authority-Cayman has struck gold! Kimberly is one of the most impressive young people I have had the pleasure of meeting in a long time. I wish her every success in her studies and welcome her to the Water Authority Team.’
The Water Authority’s Scholarship Programme, valued at up to CI$25,000 per annum, was formalised in 2006 as a way of supporting the educational development of young Caymanians wishing to pursue a technical career.
Recently, Bodden Town resident Wade Mitchell-Evans, son of Noel and Dalton Evans, was awarded a 2006/2007 partial scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at the Worchester Polytechnic Institute in Boston, MA. Mr. Mitchell-Evans is also the recipient of a government scholarship as well as a scholarship from Worchester Polytechnic, where he continues to pursue his love of football.
For more information about the Water Authority’s Scholarship Programme members of the public are asked to contact the Human Resources Department on 949-6352.