Talented students to get global exposure

Two Caymanian students will travel to Italy and New Mexico in September to begin academic scholarships with the United World Colleges movement. 

Sean Whewell and Giovanna Stafford were selected by the local committee from a “strong set of applicants” for the two-year pre-university program. They will study for the respected International Baccalaureate Diploma alongside students from around the world. 

Cayman has sent around 70 students on scholarships to United World Colleges around the globe over the past three decades. Part of the colleges’ mission is to bring young people from different races, religions and cultures together to learn from each other.  

The colleges emphasize community engagement and international affairs, as well as academics. Giovanna, who does volunteer work with the Humane Society and National Gallery and is said to be a talented musician, will go to UWC Adriatic in Duino, Italy. 

Sean, who has participated in Junior Achievement and Key Club and is an avid footballer, will go to UWC-USA in Montezuma, New Mexico. 

UWC Cayman Islands chairwoman Aubrey Bodden said: “As with most years, we had a very strong set of applicants and the selection committee was very impressed with all of the shortlisted candidates.  

“Sean and Giovanna will do an excellent job representing the Cayman Islands at UWC and I wish them all the best as they embark on this new, challenging and life-changing experience.” She said there would be more opportunities for promising young students in the coming years. 

“As awareness of the UWC movement continues to grow locally and additional colleges open in Germany, Armenia and China over the next two years, a larger number of places will be available globally and we expect that there will also be additional qualified Caymanian students to fill them. We therefore look forward to selecting more candidates for this unique educational opportunity in the years to come.” 

Previously, Cayman students have attended UWC schools in Canada, India, Swaziland, Hong Kong, Wales and Costa Rica.  

The bulk of the costs are covered by donors. This year’s major donors include Maples and Calder, Deutsche Bank, the Aall Foundation, alumnus Linburgh Martin (Atlantic College ’86), Greenlight Re, the Cayman Islands Compliance Association and Cayman National.  

Anyone interested in donating or volunteering can contact local organizers on [email protected] 


Sean Whewell and Giovanna Stafford are the latest Cayman students accepted into the United World Colleges program.