Wood wins arts scholarship

Management and staffers of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and Deutsche Bank (Cayman) congratulated Marcie Wood on being awarded the 2011 Deutsche Bank National Gallery Visual Arts Scholarship.

With the support of the full four-year scholarship, Miss Wood begins her studies this fall at Swindon College in the UK, where she will work toward a bachelor’s degree in illustration.

“I am overwhelmed with both joy and excitement. I feel that the future holds more than what we can plan or even imagine, as life is but a big adventure waiting for whatever is possible to be achieved and so I put my all into both the application and interview process and left nothing to chance,” Miss Wood said.

Deutsche Bank and the National Gallery formed the partnership in 2007 to support the development of local arts.

David Dyer, director of Deutsche Bank (Cayman), said, ““A passion for creativity lies at the centre of Deutsche Bank’s approach to business, so it’s only right that we should support our long-term partner the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands with nurturing local creative talent.

“I am delighted that Marcie, who clearly shares a love of the arts, has been awarded this exciting opportunity to undertake further studies and build on her existing skills.”


Worth US$20,000 per year, the scholarship supports students of the Cayman Islands who wish to pursue a career in the visual arts.

The scholarship is awarded to either Caymanians or students who permanently reside in the Cayman Islands who have been accepted to colleges or universities that are approved by the Education Council of the Cayman Islands Government. Applicants must be between 17 and 25 years of age at the date of the application deadline.

Mona Watler, communications and marketing manager for the National Gallery, said, “A vast majority of what we do at the gallery is education based and we are delighted to continue our partnership with Deutsche Bank in offering this fantastic opportunity for the youth of the Cayman Islands.”

In June, the recipient of the inaugural scholarship (2007), Jessica Willis, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Savannah College of Arts and Design in Savannah, Georgia.

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