October 19, 2020

Dart launches high school scholarships

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L to R: Mrs. Joanne Lawson, Senior Manager, Organisational Development & Administration, Dart Enterprises Ltd; Mr. Mark VanDevelde, Director and CEO of Dart Enterprises Ltd; Hon. Mr. Rolston Anglin, MLA & Minister of Education, Training & Employment; Mrs. Mary Rodrigues, Chief Officer, Ministry of Education, Training & Employment; Ms. Shirley Wahler, Chief Education Officer, Department of Education Services; Ms. Glenda Davidowski, Training & Development Manager, Dart Enterprises Ltd; Mr. Jim Lammers, Managing Director of Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd.

Dart Cayman Islands announced the launch of an innovative scholarship programme for high school students in the Cayman Islands at an event at Camana Bay’s Discovery Centre.

Executives of Dart Cayman Islands were joined by the Honourable Minister of Education, Training & Employment, Mr. Rolston Anglin, Mrs. Mary Rodrigues, Chief Officer, Mr. Jim Lammers, Managing Director of Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd., Mr. Mark VanDevelde, Director and CEO of Dart Enterprises Ltd., Ms. Joanne Lawson, Senior Manager, Organisational Development for Dart Enterprises Ltd., Principals and Teachers from both private and public schools and members of the media.

The scholarship component of the Minds Inspired  programme is a four-year high school scholarship based on academic excellence with a clear focus on mathematics and science. Additionally, the programme will provide mentoring and enrichment opportunities that will further encourage, support and inspire students to achieve their full potential.

The Minds Inspired  programme supports the Dart family’s philosophy of promoting education and fostering academic excellence in math and science.

Joanne Lawson, Senior Manager, Organisational Development for Dart Enterprises Ltd., explains more. “Dart believes that mathematics and science are fundamental building blocks for both academic and career success and as such, we have developed a scholarship that rewards students for overall academic achievement but with specific emphasis on these two important disciplines.”

“We are proud to build on Dart’s commitment to education with the Minds Inspired programme and provide the deserving recipients with another essential tool for achieving academic success”, said Jim Lammers, Managing Director of Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd.

“Studies have repeatedly shown that students who take math and science in high school are more likely to attend college, university or technical schools. Additionally, the skills that you learn in these two disciplines can be applicable down the line, even if you aren’t studying to become an engineer, accountant or biologist. Dart is pleased to help nurture the ambitious aspirations that these young people have.”

Two scholarships will be awarded each year to students entering Grade 9 (Year 10) who have excelled in math or science. Those selected will be awarded financial assistance that covers the cost of tuition, books and uniforms to the high school of their choice in the Cayman Islands for four (4) continuous years.

“This is a phenomenal programme for Caymanian students and I hope that Dart is inundated with applications,” said Hon. Minister of Education, Training & Employment, Rolston Anglin.

“Recognising academic excellence in math and science is extremely important as it encourages individuals to solve problems and think critically: a set of skills that informs the decisions we make throughout our lives. But it’s also about something more. It’s about expanding opportunity for all Caymanians in a world where education is the key to success.”

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