The UWC Cayman Islands national committee selected Madeleine Rowell as the 2012 scholarship recipient. After an extensive interview process, Ms Rowell was nominated to attend UWC-USA, a prestigious international IB school in Montezuma, New Mexico, on a full scholarship. She will be graduating from Cayman Prep and High School this year. Along with excellent scholastic abilities, she is involved in community services, such as Key Club and volunteering at the humane society and the Pines.
Speaking for the selection committee, UWC Cayman Islands Chairwoman Tara Rivers said of the process, “As with most years, this year we had a very impressive set of applicants for the UWC Cayman Islands scholarship. The selection committee was quite impressed with the short-listed candidates, and it made our decision a tough one. That said, I believe Madeleine will do an excellent job representing the Cayman Islands at UWC-USA and I wish her all the best as she embarks on this new, challenging and wonderful experience.”
Ms Rowell will be joining fellow UWC Cayman Islands scholar Zachary Jones at UWC-USA, who has just completed his first year of the two-year IB Diploma programme. Mr. Jones, one of the scholarship recipients from 2011, attended the Layman E. Scott Sr. High School prior to his departure. Kathryn Schirn and Abi Drummond, the other two 2011 scholarship recipients, are attending UWC Costa Rica and Atlantic College in Wales, respectively.
UWC Cayman Islands is also celebrating the recent graduation of its newest alumni, Hailee Robinson and Kelsey Dixon, who attended UWC-USA and UWC Costa Rica, respectively. Robinson will be attending McGill University in Montreal this fall, and Dixon will be attending the University of British Columbia following a year working for Deloitte in Cayman.
In regards to her selection, Ms Rowell was elated and is looking forward to the opportunity. “I am eternally grateful to my sponsors and members of the CIUWC admission committee, who have put in great effort to make this happen,” she said. “I will take advantage of every opportunity that is opened up to me through my UWC experience. I am thrilled to become part of the UWC movement, and join this worldwide community of people who share my ideals.”
UWC Cayman Islands is committed to providing full scholarships to promising Caymanian students to attend one of 13 UWC campuses across the world. It relies upon fundraising as well as private and corporate donations to meet that goal. Ms Rivers extended her gratitude, saying, “I would like to thank our sponsors and corporate donors because, without you, UWC Cayman Islands would not be able to send our very talented, well rounded and bright young people to attend the various UWCs year after year. I also encourage businesses and interested individuals to become a part of this exciting and life-changing movement by giving a donation, however large or small it may be, in order for us to help to promote the UWC mission to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”