Local students receive grants

Three Cayman teenagers have become the first recipients of an annual grant from the recently established Derek De Silva Charitable Family Trust.

Aleek Rose, 16; David Deandre Ebanks, 18; and Michael Pearson, 17, received cheques from Derek De Silva last month.

“The recipients this year are all local students enrolled in various programmes at local learning institutions and are currently pursuing their dreams of being a nurse, pilot and film actor, respectively,” stated a press release announcing the grants.

De Silva said he was grateful that the students had come forward and allowed him to assist with their needs.

He requested the students “pay a good deed forward to assist others in need”.

He said, “This gesture of financial assistance was made more special having met the three students in person. I promised to meet with them again in six months to assess their progress.”

He added, “It also brought back memories of my teenage years and the opportunities provided to me by total strangers.”

The purpose of the Derek De Silva Charitable Family Trust is to distribute a financial grant of a maximum of $10,000 each year “to relieve Caymanians resident anywhere in the Cayman Islands who are in conditions of need or distress by reason of their social and economic circumstances,” the release stated.

The next application period will start on 31 May 2020.