The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman has donated CI$1,000 to the United World Colleges (Cayman Islands) National Foundation’s scholarship programme.
The cheque was presented last month at the Music Showcase at Camana Bay, where CIUWC had been given a booth to promote awareness of the scholarship programme and to raise money for a student project to provide running water at a preschool in Swaziland.
Rotary Central President Fiona Mosley said that for the 2011/2012 period, Rotary International has issued a thematic guideline for Rotarian efforts under the focus of “Reach within to embrace humanity”.
She said Rotary Central is committed to assisting young Caymanians in their endeavours to broaden their horizons and further their education.
“The UWC programme is an ideal partner to carry out this endeavour as its mission, ‘to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future lies’ ties in so well with the goals of Rotary Central,” she said.
“We hope this donation to CIUWC will act as a catalyst to other community-minded citizens and leaders to help our young Caymanians to explore other cultures, gain understanding on a global level and step up to the challenge to learn more and become leaders themselves,” she added.
Newly elected CIUWC Chairperson Tara Rivers welcomed the donation.
“We really appreciate the support shown by Rotary Central and in particular, we are duly pleased that another service organisation recognises the value of CIUWC’s contributions to the local community,” she said.
CIUWC is a charitable organisation that provides scholarships for local students to attend one of the 13 UWC institutions worldwide. The selected students participate in a rigorous two-year academic programme incorporating course work, community service, a major research project, as well as creative and physical activities. The UWC movement was founded in 1962 by educator Kurt Hahn, who also established the Outward Bound programme.
To date, CIUWC has provided scholarship to more than 60 Caymanian students, many of whom have gone on to hold leadership positions in both the public and private sectors.
CIUWC relies on corporate and private funding to provide for its scholarship programme.
Companies, organizations and individuals interested in making a donation are invited to contact CIUWC at [email protected] for more information.