Tishan Crowe, 24, is one of the recent young achievers selected for the Proud of Them recognition award.
Ms. Crowe graduated summa cum laude this year from Johnson & Wales University in the United States. She maintained a 4.0 GPA every semester for her bachelor’s degree in business management, was on the Dean’s List each term (five times) and also maintained the highest GPA in the school of business.
At university, she was inducted into the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society, which selects its members based on integrity, excellence, and leadership.
Additionally, for her hard work, professors nominated Ms. Crowe to deliver the Valedictorian’s Honors Speech at her commencement ceremony. Although she was not selected, she was chosen to be the awards ceremony speaker.
At graduation, she received the Academic Performance Award.
Ms. Crowe, who became pregnant in high school, graduated with honors and supported her daughter by getting a job, and eventually working two jobs.
Ms. Crowe, who is from West Bay, went on take evening classes until she earned her associate’s degree, which she also completed with honors while working full-time.
She made the difficult decision to leave behind her then-4-year-old daughter to pursue her studies abroad.
In addition to being separated from her daughter, Ms. Crowe has also faced difficulties in financing her education, but through her efforts and determination, she was able to secure grants and loans to put her through school.
Ms. Crowe, who worked for the summer with Decco Ltd., said of the Proud of Them recognition: “It felt good to be acknowledged.”
The Proud of Them initiative recognizes the achievements of young people ages 10 to 25. Through a public nomination process, individuals are honored in the categories of academics, careers, business, sports, culture or community service.
Each young person selected is featured for six months at a time on billboards across the Cayman Islands, and receives a certificate and $500.