Teacher grants scholarships to five UCCI students

From left, VP and Provost Livingston Smith, UCCI President and CEO Stacy McAfee, Shaniel Brown, Aliyah Knox, Tavia Turner, Andre Mena-Hebbert, Abbott Aerospace Ltd. President Richard Abbott and UCCI Department Chair for Computer Science and Engineering Eustache Placide. Missing from photo is Andre Jackson.

Five University of College of the Cayman Island students have received scholarships from Abbott Aerospace SEZC Ltd.

Richard Abbott, president of Abbott Aerospace SEZC and a volunteer teacher at the university, awarded the scholarships of up to $2,500 to each student in support of their college educations on 9 Sept.

Shaniel Brown, Aliyah Knox, Andre Mena-Hebbert, Tavia Turner and Andre Jackson were chosen as this year’s recipients.

According to a UCCI press release, “Each scholar was selected after displaying remarkable academic achievement, extra-curricular participation and community service. The scholarship funds were applied to each of the students’ tuition.”

Stacy McAfee, president and CEO of UCCI, said in the release, “Our students are hardworking and talented individuals who enrich our campus. They are demonstrated leaders who commit to academic excellence and service to their communities through co-curricular activities. We are grateful to Mr. Richard Abbott for his continued support of our students.”

The scholarship started in Spring 2018, when Abbott was teaching an Engineering Management course on the UCCI campus. According to UCCI, due to his company structure, he was not able to accept any payments from UCCI for his part-time teaching, so the proposition to start a scholarship to fund students at UCCI was agreed in lieu of his funds.

Abbott said in the release, “It is a great pleasure to meet and to have the opportunity to help these UCCI students. It is a great way for Abbott Aerospace and any company here in the Cayman Islands to assist Cayman youth and the local community. We wish them well in their academic endeavors, and not to forget that once they enter professional life, success is best celebrated by helping others achieve their own success.”

To be considered for the Abbott Aerospace Scholarship, students must demonstrate a positive engagement in community service, exhibit strong leadership qualities, be active in extracurricular activities, and show strength in academics.