New programme targets young men

Scholarships available

A new initiative is under way to help males between the ages of 17 and 25 find careers.

Victor Crumbley, past president of the Rotaract Club, is establishing a scholarship programme through his group Dash Strategies for those who are in need of higher education in Grand Cayman.

‘The intended audience is someone that thinks scholarships aren’t for them, that they don’t have the grades or impressive resumes to win a scholarship,’ Mr. Crumbley said, adding that he wants to lend a helping hand to the young Caymanian men who feel they have no other options left.

The first sponsor for this program is Greenlight Re, which has agreed to help fund up to 10 people.

Mr. Crumbley wants the programme to be as cost-effective as possible.

‘We’re trying to put our money where our mouth is,’ he said. ‘Why take $50,000 and allocate it to one student when we can break that up to help 10 students.’

Mr. Crumbley believes men are severely outnumbered by women in college classrooms. Research by the Higher Education Policy Institute located in the UK found that nearly half of all women will go to university, whereas just 37 percent of men will opt for higher education.

‘There are some that want to go, but have no money to attend, and then there are others who feel that they may not be worthy enough or that scholarships only go to certain types of people.’

Mr. Crumbley, who is currently studying at the University College of the Cayman Islands, was a previous recipient of the Bill Brooks Memorial scholarship from the Rotary Club in 2006.

‘I was afforded a similar opportunity through scholarships,’ he said. ‘I didn’t think I could get one.’

Now Mr. Crumbley wants to provide others with the chance to receive a scholarship to attend UCCI this September.

There is no particular course that the scholarship is focused on.

‘We’re not looking for [straight-A] students, but rather everyday young men,’ he said. ‘It can be a professional course to even a one-year certificate.’

Students can choose a subject that they would enjoy the most.

‘It’s important that people understand that this isn’t just another press release or good idea to be broadcasted to the masses…The target market is different it’s not your average program,’ he said. ‘We want to look at ways of helping our young men and this is one strategy.’

Mr. Crumbley’s main aim is to give the young men of the Cayman Islands the chance to better themselves so that they have a greater chance to succeed in this current economic recession.

For more information about this scholarship program, email [email protected].