Maples scholarship winners a promising group

The Maples non-legal scholarship,
offered on an annual basis and available to Caymanians who wish to pursue an
undergraduate or post-graduate degree in any field, has this year been awarded
to Darren Ebanks, Morris Swaby Ebanks, Shenaye Ebanks, Takiyah Smith and Jameal
Welcome.

“Their individual motivation,
dedication and outstanding achievements both in and out of school were key
factors in the scholarship selection process,” said Maples Partner Dale Crowley.

The non-legal scholarship
programme, which has been running for over ten years, provides funds for school
expenses each year until the completion of the student’s further education.

“We are delighted to be able to
assist talented young students achieve their goals,” said Maples’ global
managing partner, Henry Smith.

“We had outstanding candidates this
year.”

Darren Ebanks graduated with
honours from Cayman Prep and High School in 2008 and has recently completed his
A-Levels. Darren was a school prefect and was also involved in numerous extra-curricular
activities, such as the school drama group, where he recently played a part in
an all-Spanish drama production. The Maples scholarship will help Darren attend
the Florida Institute of Technology, where he will major in mechanical
engineering.

A 2008 graduate of John Gray High
School, Morris Swaby Ebanks subsequently graduated from the Li Po Chun United
World College in Hong Kong, an international sixth form college that brings
together gifted students from all over the world. Morris attended Li Po Chun
UWC as a result of winning a scholarship. While in Hong Kong, Morris gained a basic
working knowledge of spoken Cantonese. The Maples scholarship will assist
Morris in continuing his education in political science and linguistics at
Middlebury College in Vermont this fall.

Shenaye Ebanks, a 2010 graduate of
Grace Christian Academy, will be attending the University of Tampa this Fall,
where she will major in biology/pre-med with a minor in Art. While at Grace
Christian Academy, Shenaye was class captain, a prefect, on the Teacher’s
Honour Roll and involved in several clubs and activities. For the past two
years, Shenaye has volunteered at the Strand Medical Centre to gain experience
in her chosen field. In addition, Shenaye has lent her hand to the Red Cross,
Miss Nadine’s Preschool, The Pines Older Adult Care and a host of other organizations.

The Maples scholarship will also
support Takiyah Smith in her future studies at Oakwood University in Alabama,
where, starting this fall, she will major in international studies. A 2009
graduate of John Gray High School, Takiyah was recognised for her leadership
skills. She was deputy head girl and was selected as a peer counsellor.  She delivered the student address at
graduation and also won the 2009 Basdeo Leadership Award. 

Jameal Welcome is a 2010 graduate
of John Gray High School, where he excelled in sports, in particular, soccer,
track and field, power-lifting, swimming, and rugby. He has set records in
track and field and swimming and has won medals in power-lifting while
competing overseas. Jameal has been accepted to Hiram College in Ohio on a
soccer scholarship where he will further develop his soccer skills as well as
study computer science, with a minor in communication.

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