Dart Cayman Islands has selected two Cayman Prep and High School students to receive its “Minds Inspired” scholarship.
Anya Van Genderen and Emma Turnbull, both 14, were chosen because they excelled academically with A and A* grades in core subjects, with a focus in maths and science.
The scholarship includes a four-year high school scholarship based on academic excellence, a mentoring program with Dart employees, and various enrichment activities.
This year, students will visit the Dart NeuroScience compound in San Diego, California, meet with scientists and engage in a variety of maths- and science-related activities in the San Diego area.
Ms. Genderen plans to complete her A levels at Cayman Prep and High before embarking on her tertiary education in the U.K., with a possible focus in life sciences, law or engineering.
Ms. Turnbull also wants to complete her A levels on island at Cayman Prep before majoring in an area that highlights her skills in mathematics – possibly architecture or engineering. She also plans to attend university in the U.K.
Ms. Genderen is an avid horse rider, and recently received the reserve champion award in two categories at the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation National Dressage Championship Awards. She is a member of the CPHS Maths Club and of the model United Nations group. She plans to take part in Junior Achievement this year, and enjoys art.
Ms. Turnbull will be representing Cayman in the Bermuda Junior Caribbean Area Squash Championships this month and has been the national title holder in her age group in girls junior squash in Cayman for the last three years. Her sporting efforts also extend to track and field – she is a member of the Madisonite Athletic Club – and football. On the creative side, she plays the violin, guitar and steel pan.
The other finalists for Minds Inspired’s 2014 high school scholarship were Bianca Meghoo from St. Ignatius High School, Wray Suliscz from Cayman International School, and Nathan McCoy from John Gray High School. Each received a $600 gift certificate to the Cayman MAC Store at Camana Bay.
“The caliber of applicants for this scholarship program never fails to impress me,” said Mark VanDevelde, CEO of Dart Enterprises Ltd. “The fact that this year’s scholars are both female is particularly noteworthy, given that statistics in the United States show that, at STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math] high schools, boys often outnumber girls by three to one, yet jobs in STEM fields are expected to grow at double the rate of other fields.”
The recipients were chosen by a panel of eight senior Dart executives and Caymanian community leaders. The finalists were chosen from a pool of 14 applicants.