Jade Webster, the most recent recipient of the Rod Hansen WestStar Communications Scholarship, has donned a cap and gown after earning her degree in broadcast journalism.
Ms Webster began her tertiary education in South Carolina before transferring to the University of South Florida to pursue an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism. She received high marks throughout her studies and finished on a high note with a 4.0 grade point average for her final semester. She graduated in the top 10 per cent of her class and was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, a national journalism honours society.
“We are extremely proud of Jade and are excited that she is re-joining the team as a full-time reporter,” said Ben Meade, news director at Cayman 27.
Ms Webster has worked as an intern in the Cayman 27 newsroom during her school breaks and will be seen on Cayman 27 full-time later this month. The young Caymanian was awarded the Rod Hansen WestStar Communications Scholarship in 2009. In addition to US$40,000 toward tuition, the WestStar Cayman 27 team has provided training and mentorship during the past four years.
The Rod Hansen WestStar Communications Scholarship was launched in 2007 and is open for applications upon the graduation of the current scholarship-holder. To date, two Caymanians have received the scholarship and are now full-time employees of the organisation.
WestStar provides cable television and fibre-powered Internet and IPTV services to the Cayman Islands.