Two prospective university students have been awarded the “Minds Inspired” William A. Dart Memorial scholarship.
Kirsten Ebanks and Madeleine Rowell, top students in their high schools, both completed the International Baccalaureate program at Cayman International School, and United World College in New Mexico, USA.
Ms. Rowell has been accepted into Stanford University’s human biology program in California.
“I’m grateful to Dart not only for their financial support, but also other support such as their mentorship program. Dart is doing so much to improve the lives of Caymanians and I’m looking forward to being a part of that,” said Ms. Rowell.
Ms. Ebanks has been accepted to study behavioral neuroscience at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in the fall in the university’s Honors Program, which represents the top 2 percent of applicants.
“We are thrilled to welcome Madeleine and Kirsten to the Minds Inspired family,” said Mark VanDevelde, chief executive officer of Dart Enterprises Ltd.
“Their talents, experiences and interests are varied, yet both young women are clearly driven by a desire to improve their communities. We are excited to support them as they continue their academic pursuits and are proud they have been accepted to such world-class institutions,” Mr. VanDevelde added.
Ms. Ebanks wants to develop a career in medical research, with a focus on addiction therapy and abnormal psychology. Last year, she attended the Medical Summer School at Emory University in Atlanta, where she toured research facilities, witnessed surgeries and met medical staff. After university she plans to return to Cayman to help improve local facilities and programs available to treat mental illness and addiction.
“We look forward to hearing of their accomplishments in the years to come and to seeing the many beneficial changes they are sure to effect in Cayman’s society,” said Mr. VanDevelde.