Gabriella Castillo and Haley Willkom are the latest Caymanian students to be selected by the Global United World Colleges.
After completing their O-Level examinations locally this summer, the two young women will enroll in a two-year pre-university program.
Ms. Castillo, who attends Clifton Hunter High School, will head to Santa Ana, Costa Rica. Ms. Willkom, who attends Cayman Prep, will go to Duino, Italy. Both will study alongside students from all over the world for the International Baccalaureate diploma.
Congratulating this year’s recipients, United World Colleges Cayman Islands Chairperson Aubrey Bodden said, “Gabriella and Haley will be excellent ambassadors of the Cayman Islands and make their own meaningful contributions to their colleges and distinctive impact on the world.
“I wish them all the best as they embark on this new adventure and know they will also take advantage of the many opportunities they will have over the next two years and beyond.”
“A merit-based selection process is at the core of our values, and donations and sponsorship of our events allow us to promote the United World Colleges mission locally and provide scholarships to ensure our young people reach their full potential,” she added.
In recognizing those who make the charitable organization’s work possible, Ms. Bodden thanked volunteers for their dedication, major donors Maples and Calder and the Aall Foundation for their consistent financial support, and Dart Enterprises and Cayman National Bank.
UWC is a global educational movement with the aim of bringing together young people from many different backgrounds and using values-based education as a force to unite them for peace and a sustainable future.
Students at UWC colleges take part in a mix of community engagement, international affairs, physical activities, service commitments and creative pursuits.