Maples Foundation has recently donated US$25,000 to the United World Colleges (Cayman Islands) National Committee to fund scholarships granted annually to young Caymanians to attend one of the 12 United World Colleges located around the globe.
Founded on the ideals of international peace and understanding, the United World Colleges are a university preparation programme for students aged 16-18 years old that awards the International Baccalaureate Diploma on successful completion. High academic standards, a 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.
Today there are 12 United World Colleges, each with its own distinguishing character, but sharing a common mission and core values. The Colleges are located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, USA, Venezuela and Wales. Students and staff from different nationalities and a wide variety of backgrounds form vibrant and enthusiastic communities as they work together, study together, and serve their community together, promoting the founding ideals of UWC.
Students are selected on the basis of academic merit, as well as their notable contribution to local community service projects, and a proven participation in extra-curricular activities, irrespective of race, religion, politics and their ability to pay.
‘It is thanks to organisations such as the Maples Foundation that CIUWC is able to continue to provide scholarship opportunities to future leaders of the Cayman Islands. Their generous donation has enabled us to fund scholarships for two brilliant Caymanians for the 2008-9 school year’, stated Barry Hunte of CIUWC.
‘Maples Foundation has been our major sponsor over the past few years and their contribution and support has allowed us to continue to provide scholarships to young Caymanians, who exemplify the UWC ideals and standards, to attend one of the prestigious colleges’ adds Orchid Morrison of CIUWC.