Foundation establishes award

Scholarship fund in memory of Dr. Philip Pedley

The Cayman Islands United World Colleges National Foundation has established the Dr. Pedley Memorial Award to provide financial support for outstanding Caymanian students accepted to the United World Colleges programme.

Mr. Philip Pedley, who passed away in May 2010, had previously served as chairperson of the CIUWC board, in addition to his numerous other contributions to the community.

The idea for a fund came from local attorney Colin Shaw, who said: “I suggested that a scholarship be established in Dr. Pedley’s name, and offered to provide half of the (initial) funds for it, in recognition of his outstanding contribution as chairman of the board … over a period of many years, during some of which I was also a director.”

Mr. Shaw’s contribution was matched by UWC alumnus Linburgh Martin; together they pledged approximately US$22,000 over the course of two years.

Mr. Martin was one of the first students CIUWC accepted to the UWC programme.

The contributions in memory of Mr. Pedley were given a further boost by the Aall Foundation, a charitable trust formed in Cayman in 1982, which pledged US$20,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year.

“The Aall Foundation has had the pleasure of working with Dr. Pedley in the past when he was the first chairman of CIUWC,” said Tove Brown.

“It was a collaboration that resulted in the donation from the Aall Foundation of scholarship funds for Cayman students.

“In 2009 when the Aall Foundation was looking for an individual to assist with the review of donations, it asked Dr. Pedley to join as Protector,” she added. “In the meetings since then, we enjoyed his input, his wisdom and his dry sense of humour, and we are very sad to lose such an able and competent colleague.”

Donations by other alumni and friends of CIUWC have resulted in a total of more than US$45,000 pledged to the Dr. Pedley Memorial Award and CIUWC Scholarship Fund.

The funding will expand the number of full scholarships available to Caymanian UWC students, with a portion set aside for the creation of the Dr. Pedley Memorial Award.

This award will be given to Caymanian graduates of UWC who meet superior academic and local community service requirements, as well as upholding outstanding behavioural and social choices throughout their attendance at UWC while representing the Cayman Islands, according to a press release.

A US$1,000 stipend will be presented to recipients of the award to assist with their future educational expenses.

Arthurlyn Pedley shared her thoughts on the award and funding.

“I’m deeply touched by the generous outpouring of support for UWC … I know that he would be humbled by the fact that his passing has resulted in strengthening the financial support for this very worthy organisation whose ideals he supported.”

The United World Colleges were conceived in the 1950s by Kurt Hahn, who is also the founder of the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme.

UWC offers a learning and living experience for students from over 120 countries.

Founded on the ideals of international peace and understanding, the United World Colleges are a university preparation programme for students ages 15 to 18 that awards the International Baccalaureate diploma upon successful completion.

The programme is based upon participation in a two-year, academically rigorous set of courses coupled with community service, cultural endeavours and physical activities.

The Cayman Islands United World Colleges National Foundation is in its 27th year of operation.

Companies and individuals interested in making a donation to CIUWC in Dr. Pedley’s memory are invited to contact Ms Morrison at [email protected] or 345–814–2734.


From left, Cayman Islands United World Colleges Chairperson Orchid Morrison, Sophia Harris of the Aall Foundation, Arthurlyn Pedley, CIUWC Public Relations Coordinator Daniel Stuber and CIUWC alumnus Linburgh Martin.
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