Joanna Clarke education award search under way

Organisers of the annual Joanna Clarke Excellence in Education Award are calling for applications in the search to find outstanding education programmes and educators in the Cayman Islands. 

Through the Joanna Clarke Award, the Cayman Islands-based business conglomerate dms Organization Ltd. annually rewards worthy education initiatives with as much as $12,000.  

The group donates $5,000 annually as part of the Joanna Clarke Scholarship Fund, for which it is also calling for applicants. 

Applications will be accepted through 1 April.  

With the Joanna Clarke Award in its sixth year, the local education community is becoming increasingly familiar with the requirements and foundation for this award. Recognising the importance of private sector for education, dms introduced the award to honour Ms Clarke in 2006 and to publicly acknowledge the efforts of all people and organisations that contribute to education in the Cayman Islands. 

Don Seymour, president of dms, said, “We recognise that corporate responsibility and business success go hand-in-hand and it is particularly rewarding to invest in our nation’s youth – the future of Cayman. Giving back to the local community through a selection of sponsorship and volunteer efforts has always been fundamental to our business practice.  

“This award seeks to bring awareness to the contributions of our local educators and encourage others to demonstrate their support.” 


Applications sought 

Applications are currently being circulated throughout Cayman Islands’ schools and non-profit organisations and are available at the award website Parties eligible for consideration include, but are not limited to, teachers, students, Parent Teacher Associations, not-for-profit organisations, government departments and schools. 

The award criteria include contributing to and promoting excellence in education in the Cayman Islands; being sustainable and measurable; contributing to increased parental and community involvement in education; being affiliated with a reputable educational institution or organisation; and demonstrating a proven history in successful education projects and contingency for leadership. 

The Joanna Clarke Award Committee will review all applications submitted. If several worthy projects are identified, they may provide grants to multiple organisations up to $12,000 in total. 

“It is of paramount importance to us to visit the recipients and follow up with the progress of their initiatives – my favourite part of this whole process is interacting with the children. We are always greeted with such a warm reception and to date it has been indescribably rewarding to see how well maintained the initiatives we have selected are,” Ms Clarke said. 

Previous recipients of the Joanna Clarke Award include last year’s winners, Catch up Literacy and Making Hanen Happen. 

Advancing its commitment to education, the Joanna Clarke Award Committee introduced the Joanna Clarke Scholarship Fund two years ago and has continued financial support to Krishan Welcome during the past two years. This year, it is once again seeking applications from an aspiring or existing educator looking to further his/her education or wishing to further expand on their professional development. Up to $5,000 will be awarded to the successful recipient. 


For further information, contact Tara Tvedt-Pearson, dms Organization at 749-2407. 

Seymour Don

Mr. Seymour