Young Caymanians get Dart scholarships

Cayman Islands’ Minds Inspired scholarship program has selected three Caymanian students for its 2015 high school and university scholarships. 

Chloe DaCosta, 18, received the William A. Dart university scholarship. She graduated from St. Ignatius High School with honors and a GPA of 4.17 with recognition on the honor roll and effort honor roll with distinction. She was awarded funding to attend an accredited university, mentorship by Dart employees and work experience. 

Jade Wilkinson and Christian Dyer are recipients of the Minds Inspired high school scholarship program. Both are 14 and attend Cayman Prep and High School. They have excelled academically with A and A* grades in all core subjects.  

In addition to the four-year high school scholarship, based on academic excellence with a focus in mathematics and science, the Minds Inspired high school scholarship program provides its scholars with a mentoring program with Dart employees and “enrichment activities” intended to further inspire and expose the students to multiple opportunities. 

“The 2015 Minds Inspired applicants were of an incredibly high caliber,” Mark VanDevelde, chief executive officer for Dart Enterprises Ltd., said in a statement. “We are encouraged and delighted by the range of accomplishments they embody: from academia to sports, and from the liberal arts to community service; and we are pleased to welcome Jade, Christian and Chloe to the Minds Inspired family.”  

Ms. DaCosta plans to pursue a double bachelor of arts in the fields of jazz dance and body sciences at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, combining her interests in physical therapy and sports medicine with her passion for dance. 

She was involved in a variety of school initiatives, sports, extracurricular activities and charitable giving. She took part in the Builders Club, Key Club, annual drama productions, concert band and choir and served as a student council representative. She also participated in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, inter-school football activities and competitions, and interscholastic swimming and track meets. She also helped organize annual fundraisers for the school and volunteered at the Catholic Church. 

Jade and Christian both have interests in sports and sciences. Jade hopes to “combine her passions by pursuing a degree in a field such as sport science, sports management, sports psychology or sports analytics,” while Christian is considering the field of sports psychology. 

Jade wants to continue competing in sports such as track and field, sailing, tag rugby and soccer. She has competed in tennis for the past three years. She has participated in the Middle School Model United Nations Club since September 2014 and in March, traveled to New York City to debate world issues, where her resolution on gender violence was passed. 

Christian also participates in sports, including tennis, football and track and field. He represents his school in the under-18 football team – something he hopes to continue in the next school year, and he also invests time giving back to the Cayman community through his work with Cayman’s Acts of Random Kindness. 

Other high school finalists were Trey Milgate of Cayman Prep and High School, Maia Thompson of Montessori by the Sea, and Alexander Cummer of Cayman International School.  

The Minds Inspired high school scholarship program was launched in 2012, and in 2013 was joined by the William A. Dart Memorial scholarship, which provides funding, mentorship and support to Caymanian students with exceptional academic records attending, or about to attend, university.  

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Minds Inspired high school scholars Jade Wilkinson and Christian Dyer, with Mark VanDevelde and Jackie Doak of Dart.

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Chloe DaCosta, 2015 Minds Inspired university scholar, third from left, with Dart representatives Mark VanDevelde, Joanne Lawson, Jackie Doak, Glenda McTaggart, Chris Duggan and Juliet Du Feu.
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