Organization Ltd. announced its 2011 international scholarship recipients, awarding four Caymanians financial support through full and partial international scholarships. Open to all Caymanians, who are pursuing undergraduate studies, this year’s recipients include Latoya Francis, Danielle Martinez-Gibson, Stephen Chin and Ashleigh Davis.
Each student is pursuing a different field, including accounting, marketing, information technology and media and communications. Three of the scholarship recipients are repeat recipients and have returned to the Cayman Islands for the summer working with the DMS group.
DMS Vice President Krista Pell said, “DMS continues to be committed to providing further education opportunities to young Caymanians – people development is core to our practice. When choosing recipients we also consider their fit to our company as we obviously hope that upon completing their studies they will return to put their education and skills acquired to work in the real workforce with us. And more often than not our students return to work during the holidays, building strong relationships with our people and getting invaluable real-life experience.”
DMS accepted applications from Caymanians wishing to pursue studies leading to an undergraduate academic or technical/vocational degree or diploma in a subject that would benefit the Cayman Islands. Priority was given to areas of study relevant to DMS and its subsidiary companies, and applicants were each interviewed by DMS’ Scholarship Committee, comprised of senior Caymanian DMS staff.
Ms Francis has served as a finance administrator for affiliate company dms Management Ltd. for five years. This is her third year receiving a DMS scholarship and she will be completing her final semester to earn a Bachelor’s degree, double majoring in accounting and youth leadership development, with a minor in nonprofit leadership, at Anderson University in Indiana. She previously earned her Associate’s degree in accounting from UCCI. She also plans to pursue her CPA course during her final semester before returning home to Cayman.
Ms Martinez-Gibson has served as an associate of dms Management for the last three years and is currently employed for the summer with affiliate company Cayman Institutional Bank. She previously received an Associate’s degree at UCCI, and then decided in 2010 that she wished to further her education, double majoring in marketing and business at Florida International University.
It is the third year of Mr. Chin’s international scholarship to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. After completing his first year, he joined DMS’ IT department to assist with network administration, and has continued to return each winter and summer break to gain practical experience in the field with DMS’ team.
“I am very thankful that DMS has provided me with the opportunity to expand my knowledge of computing – I find the programme very demanding, but I enjoy the challenge,” he said. “Each summer I have returned to work for the group, and I already feel like a member of the IT team, and I have definitely benefited from the hands-on experience.”
Ms Davis is embarking on her third and final year at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in media and communications. As a first-time recipient of the DMS scholarship, she expressed excitement at the prospect of returning upon graduating to work for dms Broadcasting Ltd.
“I’ve had an amazing two years at university that have built my confidence and experience I need for the scholarship and what I can do for DMS after my studies. The programme is so diverse, everyone is so experienced in the field, it has pushed me to go the extra mile to catch up and excel,” she said. “When I return, I’m hoping to be the one you hear when you’re on your morning or evening drive, to be the one that makes memorable events, the one that entertains.”
Dms Management Associate Director and Scholarship Committee Member, Tammy Seymour, congratulated all recipients. “As well as the further education advantage that these scholarships present, another positive is the relationships built between our employees and the scholarship students during the work experience process afforded to them as this ultimately enhances their professional growth. Our scholarship recipients are consistently motivated to return to our firm, working within their respective fields during holiday periods – and each of them are fully committed to officially rejoining the company upon completion of their studies,” Ms. Seymour said. “We are extremely pleased of their achievements to date as they continue to make us proud as they represent the future of DMS and Cayman as a whole.”
Mrs. Pell, also congratulated Francesca Hamann, a scholarship recipient for the past three years, who recently earned her Bachelor’s degree in advanced multimedia and has since returned to permanently join DMS’ design and development team. “Francesca is a shining example of what we seek to achieve through awarding this scholarship,” Mrs. Pell said.