Maples and Calder awards scholarships

Joanna Manderson, Andrew Campbell, Cetonya Cacho and Dericka Ebanks are the most recent recipients of Maples and Calder non-legal studies scholarship awards.

Scholarships awarded

Front row, from left, Ms Joanna Manderson and Dericka Ebanks pictured with Maples and Calder partners, back row from left, Andrew Reid and Henry Smith. Missing from the photo are Andrew Campbell and Cetonya Cacho who have already left the Island. Photo: Submitted

The youngest of the four recipients, 16-year-old Joanna Manderson, is a 2007 graduate of John Gray High School. She plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology at Clearwater Christian College, in Florida, starting in January 2008.

Twenty-year-old Andrew Campbell recently obtained his Associates degree in Computer Science from the University College of the Cayman Islands. He is enrolled at Andrews University in Michigan completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing. Andrew has consistently been a top student, excelling in various subjects at high school and at college, while staying active in the community, states a press release.

Cetonya Cacho and Dericka Ebanks are both pursuing Master’s degrees in education.

Cetonya, obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Miami in 2003. She began teaching at Red Bay Primary School in 2004 and is now furthering her own education at the University of Southampton in England. She is presently working toward a Master in Business Administration (Education Management).

Dericka, who teaches at John Gray High School, is Cayman’s first female educator certified to teach high school mathematics. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2003 and for the past four years has been teaching tertiary mathematics to all grade levels at John Gray. In January, Dericka will commence studies at the University of Leeds, for a Master of Science in Mathematics, with a specialisation in Finance.

The Maples and Calder Scholarship Committee chose these four outstanding individuals based on their academic excellence as well as their individual dedication to community service and leadership in the Cayman Islands. The scholarships awarded to two teachers in the Government education system were particularly pleasing to the Scholarship Committee, as the public school system is the main focus of the firm’s sponsorship program.

Henry Smith, a partner at the law firm, expressed his best wishes to the recipients. ‘Maples and Calder is happy to support talented applicants in the pursuit of higher education,’ he said. ‘We have had exceptional applicants through the years and we are pleased to be in a position to give them recognition and financial assistance.’

Maples and Calder non-legal scholarships are offered on an annual basis and are available to Caymanians who wish to pursue any undergraduate or post-graduate degree. For more information on the firm’s Scholarship Program call 949-8066 or e-mail [email protected].

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