Scholarship welcomes applicants

WestStar Tv scholarship recipient Kevin Watler recently graduated from Warner University.

Mr. Watler earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Education in December, 2008. He was the first recipient of the Rod Hansen WestStar TV Scholarship which provided a total of US$15,000 toward his educational goals.

The outstanding and driven young man was one of 19 students nominated by his school for Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges a programme recognising academic and leadership excellence amongst college students. Mr. Watler was an obvious choice not only for his studies, but also for his ability to achieve his degree in less than four years.

Now the newlywed and new graduate is spending his summer working with the News 27 team as a Reporter before heading back to Florida with his wife. He plans to return to Cayman permanently when his wife completes her schooling.

Kevin is enjoying the opportunity to gain experience in broadcast journalism saying, ‘I appreciate the opportunity I have been given to work for Cayman 27 during the summer. The financial and professional support have helped me grow as a person and as a journalist.’

With one graduate entering the professional world, WestStar TV is now looking for another outstanding student to nurture their aspirations in the communications field.

‘The goal of the scholarship is to foster and develop interest amongst young Caymanians in the vast field of media communications,’ says Scholarship Coordinator, Vanessa Hansen Allott.

Mike Martin, General Manager and Director of WestStar TV adds, ‘We recognised that many young Caymanians were interested in media and communications but that they didn’t always know how to get into the field, or how far-reaching it is. With this scholarship we hope to encourage those young people to follow their dreams.’

The recipient of the Rod Hansen WestStar TV scholarship will receive up to US$10,000 per year for school fees and related expenses and will gain work experience at Television Centre during term breaks.

The scholarship is open to Caymanians 18 and older, who are studying communications, journalism, or related field at a four-year University. Applications are available at Television Centre or online at and will be distributed to local High Schools. Interested persons can also email Vanessa Hansen Allott at [email protected]