Caymanian student Anthony Ebanks
was chosen as the recipient of the 2011 Best of Tech Award by the Architectural
Building Engineering Technology Department at the New England Institute of
“…this is a major achievement for
me,” said Mr. Ebanks. “I am also grateful to the government for giving me a
scholarship to attend school and getting the opportunity.”
He said he is also happy to be an
example to others who may want to follow his career path.
Every year the faculty of each
technology section selects one individual who best represents its ideal
student, according to Dav Cranmer, 2011 Best of Tech Committee chair.
The decision is based, in part, on
academic achievements and grade point average, volunteer work, extracurricular
activities, obstacles students may have overcome to attend college and complete
a technology degree, the ability to serve as a role model to other students and
the potential for future achievement.
This success hasn’t always come
easy for Mr. Ebanks, who went through difficult times before this achievement.
“I was first given an opportunity
by the Cayman Islands Government local scholarship to attend UCCI in a
certificate of construction [programme],” he said.
But Mr. Ebanks had to drop out
before graduation and take care of his father, who was very ill and had to go
to the US for treatment.
“After returning, he paid for me to
re-enrol. At that point, I passed the course. I later went on to do a computer
applications course at UCCI,” he said.
After graduation, however, tragedy
“My father died during that phase,
so he did not get to see me graduate,” Mr. Ebanks said. “I later obtained an
overseas scholarship from the government and went overseas to do my studies in
In 2009, he completed his
“And now I will be graduating with
my bachelor’s in May of this year,” he said. “I also helped fund myself through
school by drawing house plans.”
Mr. Ebanks said he wants to
continue his education and pursue a master’s degree, eventually becoming a
“Before I go for my master’s, I am
planning on taking up some work and gaining more experience,” he said.
His dream is to be the lead
designer at an architecture firm.
“I would also like to thank my
mother for the support,” he said.