Recruitment agency CML is funding a one-year scholarship at the Purple Dragon Martial Arts School, enabling a deserving student to participate in the facility’s training programme.
Staff and management at CML have decided to sponsor a local student as part of Purple Dragon’s effort to source funding for at least 12 young people. These pupils are primary and secondary school students who have been identified by the school, social services or school administrators as individuals who would greatly benefit from the opportunity to participate in the dojo’s renowned training programme.
CML joins sponsors Conyers Dill and Pearman, RE/MAX and Digicel offering student scholarships. The scheme offers attendees a chance to learn Purple Dragon’s exceptional technique of martial-arts discipline, promoting personal growth through a self-defence curriculum designed around values of motivation, self-control, respect and self-confidence.
In exchange, sponsors will gain a contract from each student, committing to regular attendance and timeliness, maintenance of school grades and behaviour reflecting respect for individuals and property. Scholarship sponsors will also receive twice-yearly reports from the Purple Dragon teachers, parents, school and counsellors, tracking the performance of the students.
“We are thrilled to be able to lend this kind of support to Cayman’s young people, who, after all, form the foundation of our future. Like others in the Cayman Islands community, we are only too aware of the social pressures our young people face as they grow up, and especially so in a time of economic difficulty. Anything we can do to build the community and the future of the Cayman Islands is something we want to pursue,” Mr. Steve McIntosh of CML said.
Student candidates frequently confront mental, behavioural or physical challenges, while others are victims of broken or disadvantaged homes. Still others are eager to participate in the dojo programme, but simply cannot afford the cost.
“The Purple Dragon dojo and staff are recognised for their integrity and the quality of their training programmes. The overwhelmingly positive impact it has already had on Cayman’s young people has been widely acknowledged,” dojo chief Sensei Floyd Baptiste said.
“Our martial arts instruction is proven to have a positive impact in people’s lives, no matter their age, working to increase strength and ability”, while the formal discipline, Sensei Baptiste added, “provides a foundation for personal development and growth for all of us, but chiefly in children and teenagers. We are extremely grateful to our corporate sponsors who have the chance to make a significant difference in the life of a child and within the community”.
Michael Myles, government’s liaison officer for at-risk youth, is extremely grateful for the programme and applauds the scholarship initiative, reflecting on the achievements already accomplished by Purple Dragon: “We continue to look forward to motivating more of our young people through the Purple Dragon programme. Because of the mentoring, structure and discipline the programme has afforded our young people, we have observed improvements in behaviour and academic achievement,” Mr. Myles said.
Each year, DMS awards scholarships to residents of the community who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education in the Cayman Islands or abroad. This year’s annual application deadline is 3 May for review and consideration of the following academic year.
DMS accepts applications from Caymanians wishing to pursue studies leading to an undergraduate academic or technical/vocational degree or diploma in a subject that will benefit the Cayman Islands. Priority will be given to areas of study relevant to the DMS group and its affiliates.
Individuals must produce proof of acceptance to an accredited college or university, community college or recognised technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. If they are already enrolled at an institution, they must produce proof of academic good standing. In addition to demonstrated academic ability, applicants must submit a resume and cover letter describing their career goals and why they are deserving of the DMS scholarship.
“We take great pride in recognising these recipients for demonstrated academic achievement” said Samantha Nehra, vice president of People & Development at DMS. Funding for the awards is made possible by the generous support of DMS and its affiliates. Last year, three students were awarded $22,000 in scholarships toward their studies; the value of those awards ranging from $4,000 to $10,000. Over the past four years, DMS Organization has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students pursuing higher education.
Each of the recipients has the added opportunity to work at DMS to gain experience in a department related to their career path. “Our scholarship programme gives priority to applicants, whose area of study is relevant to DMS and its business practices, enabling us to place the students as interns during their school breaks and provide them with valuable work experience to further support their futures. Work experience opportunities play an integral role in preparing them for their career,” said Karen Kersey, senior vice president.
“Being awarded the DMS scholarship gave me the opportunity to travel abroad to further my education which also afforded me experiences that have greatly contributed to my growth and development as an individual,” a scholarship recipient said. “When I applied for the scholarship I was merely seeking funding to further my studies but was also generously awarded with career opportunities, and continual advancement. I am so grateful to be able to return to a full time role at DMS where every day is a learning experience.”
For more information contact Samantha Nehra in DMS’ People & Development Department at 345-749-2450; dms House, 20 Genesis Close; by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the scholarship page at: www.dmsorganization.ky