Eleven students studying for their first higher education degrees overseas have been awarded grants from the John Gray Memorial Fund Committee. This year a total of US$22,000 was distributed to applicants.
The students are studying a wide range of courses, including biology, music, engineering, special education, architecture and animal science. They are also encouraged to become involved in volunteer work.
Four of the students are past recipients of the grant, and the other seven are first-time recipients who the National Council of Voluntary Organisations hopes to continue to support throughout their degree course, providing that they maintain high grade averages.
Janice Wilson, chief executive officer of the NCVO, said, “The John Gray Fund has been an NCVO program for over 20 years, distributing thousands of dollars and helping hundreds of young adults achieve their dream of pursuing a degree qualification. Several of those assisted have volunteered in our Children’s Services programs upon completion of their degree course.”
Funds are granted each year to young Caymanian students who wish to attend college or university but do not have enough money to cover their living expenses. The “top-up” fund and assistance is intended for expenses associated with pursuing a degree, such as for books, accommodation or transportation, and helps those who may have funding for tuition through government grants or other means but not for additional expenses.
The John Gray Memorial Fund, named in honor of the late Rev. John Rae Gray, a former NCVO council and executive member, is a project of the NCVO, a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to the care, education and well–being of children and families in need of support in the Cayman Islands. NCVO committee members Charles Farrington, Elizabeth Scholefield, Janice Wilson, Alta Solomon and Olive Miller reviewed the applications forms.
Donations to the John Gray Memorial Grant can be made to NCVO. For further information, contact Janice Wilson at [email protected]