Ten young people studying toward postsecondary degrees overseas have received financial support from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
According to a press release, the grants totaling US$60,000 were made possible thanks to funds provided by a local corporate donation to the NCVO. The charity group is dedicated to the care, education and well–being of children and families in need of support in the Cayman Islands.
The John Gray Memorial Fund Committee awarded the grants to students studying for their first degrees in colleges and universities overseas. Seven of the students are current recipients of the grant; the other three applicants are first-time recipients whom the NCVO hopes to continue to support throughout their degree course providing that they maintain high GPA scores.
The release states the grant is named in honor of the late Rev. John Rae Gray, a former NCVO Council and Executive Committee member, United Church minister, and high school principal. The grant assists young Caymanian students who wish to attend college or university but have insufficient funds to cover their living expenses.
“This is a ‘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 release states.
The release noted this year’s recipients are studying a wide range of courses, including biology, music, engineering, special education, architecture, chemistry, psychology and English literature.
Grant recipients are encouraged to become involved in their community through volunteer work.
The applications were reviewed by John Gray Memorial Fund committee members Charles Farrington and Elizabeth Schofield, and the NCVO’s Janice Wilson, Alta Solomon and Olive Miller.