The Cayman Islands Monetary
Authority has awarded its second Thomas Jefferson Memorial Scholarship to
17-year-old Shanaz Whittaker.
Miss Whittaker, a 2010 graduate of
Triple C High School, began a bachelor’s programme with a major in business
management at the University of Tampa, Florida, in August.
She maintained citizenship honour
role status throughout high school and upon graduation was awarded for
outstanding achievement in accounting, economics and English.
Miss Whittaker has also been
actively involved in a range of extracurricular activities. She has held
leadership roles in Junior Achievement and was involved in the Do Something
campaign for which she helped organise a local walk against crime.
Noting that CIMA demands highly
skilled professionals to carry out the complex duty of regulating a thriving
financial industry, she said: “I’m looking forward to applying the concepts I
learn at university when I return to do my holiday internships and eventually
begin my career at CIMA.”
CIMA’s managing director, Cindy
Scotland, said the Authority was pleased to sponsor Miss Whittaker.
“Shanaz has already proven her
strong academic potential, and it is evident that she has a firm desire to make
a positive contribution to the Cayman Islands on a whole. I am confident that
she will wholeheartedly strive to reach her educational goals,” Ms Scotland
“We are committed to being there for
her throughout her university education and look forward to helping her
successfully navigate from student to career professional in this very
Miss Whittaker’s choice of major
stemmed from both her experiences as an intern at a local financial firm and
her involvement in Junior Achievement.
In May, she completed an internship
with the local branch of HSBC, following her first internship in the summer of
Although grateful for her
opportunity, Miss Whittaker is still cognisant of the fact that many people may
not be as fortunate as she has been, or may not be fully aware of the scholarship
opportunities available for residents of the Cayman Islands.
“There are many community leaders
willing to guide you in your quest to completing a tertiary education. Just go
for it,” she said. “You’re not guaranteed success but you’ll never achieve your
goals if you don’t try.”
Established in 2007 in honour of
the late financial secretary and leader of government business in Cayman, the
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Scholarship provides assistance to a young Caymanian
seeking qualifications for a career in the financial industry.