The Cayman Chapter of the Northern Caribbean University Alumni Association has announced the availability of its second four-year scholarship to attend the Jamaica-based university.

The first four-year scholarship was awarded to Sonia Asharie Bailey at the 30 June Lions Centre concert by US motivational speaker and three-time Grammy-nominated singer Jekalyn Carr.

The scholarship, fully funded by a local donor, covers tuition, books and boarding.

Commenting on the support shown by the community for the youth outreach initiative that culminated in the concert, Patricia Ebanks, president of the Cayman Chapter of the NCU Alumni Association, said, “We were moved by the enormous demonstration of goodwill by the community.”

The concert and a youth convocation sponsored by the Judicial Administration were the high points of the chapter’s five-day youth outreach effort, Ebanks added.

All public and private secondary schools and more than 50 youth organisations were invited to nominate representatives to attend the youth convocation held at the Grand Court on 28 June.

In addition to the youth convocation and the concert, the singer’s Cayman tour, with the theme ‘Unleash your Potential: Hold Fast to your Values’, included visits to Northward and Fairbanks prisons, Cayman Academy and several churches.

Scholarship awardee Bailey will commence her studies at NCU in September, when she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in education to prepare her for a teaching career.

On hand at the concert to welcome Bailey to NCU was the university’s president, Lincoln Edwards, who congratulated her on her achievement.

Singer Jekalyn Carr performs at the Lions Centre on 30 June.

Presenting the award, Ebanks commented on Bailey’s tenacity in qualifying to attend NCU via night classes at the Adventist Church’s CXC programme while holding down a full-time job.

The chapter’s second four-year scholarship will be tenable at NCU in September 2020. Candidates can elect to pursue any of the university’s bachelor’s degree programmes. For further information, email [email protected]

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