The NCVO John Gray Memorial Fund Committee awarded grants to 10 Cayman students studying for their first degrees in colleges and universities overseas.
The recipients are Amy Brown, Joel Durksen, Taylor Hamann, Julian Jervis, Aaron Mackey, Jacie Mascarenhas. Dawnee McCoy, Kristiann Powell, Zhane Rambaran and Joanna Tibbetts.
This year, a total of US$60,000 was awarded to applicants, the National Council of Volunteer Organizations stated.
Nine of the students are current recipients of the grant and one new applicant was awarded funding. The NCVO hopes to continue to support all the students throughout their degree course providing that they maintain high GPA scores.
The students who were given funding are studying Bachelor’s degrees overseas in a wide range of courses, including biology, music, engineering, special education, actuarial science, chemistry, psychology, educational studies and English literature and language.
Funds are granted each year to 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.
Committee members reviewing the applications were Charles Farrington, Elizabeth Schofield and NCVO’s Janice Wilson, Mona Lisa Meade and Olive Miller. Grant recipients are encouraged to become involved in their community through volunteer work.
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.