Scholarship winner Francis focuses on global issues

Latoya Francis was recently selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University in San Diego, California, from 1-3 of April as the 2009-2010 dms scholarship recipient.

She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and youth leadership development at Anderson University in Indiana.

The Global Initiative University was founded by former US President Bill Clinton in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders from campuses around the world.

“I am honoured to have been selected as I have been passionate about global issues for many years now, having spent time in Uganda, Tanzania, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic,” Ms Francis said. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of this meeting whereby we do more than simply discuss the world’s challenges – we take concrete steps toward solving them.”

In demonstrating her passion for global issues, Ms Francis created a website,, to help raise funds for a summer internship in Ghana, where she will be working with the young people of Cape Coast campaigning for changes in the education system.

“It is inspiring to see a young woman so passionate about making a change in the world, taking on such an activist role,” said dms Vice President Krista Pell. “While working with us, Latoya has always been an incredibly diligent worker and it is so rewarding to see her taking such an active and admirable role while pursuing her studies.

In addition to her humanitarian efforts, Ms Francis has been elected president of her university’s International Student Association for the upcoming school year.

Prior to going abroad to pursue her studies, Ms Francis served as a finance administrator at dms for four years and continues to return to work during her vacation periods.

She earned her associate’s degree in accounting from the University College of the Cayman Islands.

Applications are being accepted for the 2011 dms scholarship until 1 May for Caymanians wishing to pursue studies leading to an undergraduate academic or technical and vocational degree or diploma in a subject that would benefit the Cayman Islands.

Contact dms’ scholarship committee at [email protected]