February 6, 2023

Leading Canadian boarding school awards full scholarship to Cayman Islands students

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PORT HOPE, ONTARIO, CANADA – February 20th, 2019 – Trinity College School (TCS) is one of North America’s most respected boarding schools and boasts strong ties to the Cayman Islands. On January 5-7, 2019, TCS travelled to the Cayman Islands to test and interview students entering Grade 9-12 who were applying to the School for the 2019-2020 academic year, as well as promote the details of the Cayman Scholarship with interested families.

The Cayman Scholarship is a merit award and includes full-tuition (including boarding) for the duration of the recipients’ studies at Trinity College School in Ontario, Canada. The selection of a recipient is not based solely on academic achievement, but also focuses on a candidate’s perceived ability to contribute to the school community. Due to an overwhelming response, the awards committee was pleased to consider an exceptional group of six shortlisted candidates for the Cayman Scholarship this year. With a difficult time deciding on just one outstanding recipient, for the first time in the history of this award, it was announced that the scholarship would be shared by two students. TCS is thrilled to announce that the Cayman Scholarship has been awarded to Ms. Carmella Ylagan and Mr. Aidan Hew.

Carmella Ylagan describes herself as a “person who is passionate [about] doing my best in every opportunity that comes my way” and this shone through in her interview with the TCS awards committee, says Kathy LaBranche, director of admissions at TCS. Carmella’s authenticity and commitment to excellence led the way as the committee also considered her great work ethic and her successes to date within academics, athletics, arts and service. For a young person entering Grade 9, she impressed the committee with a great degree of independence and maturity.

Aidan Hew will be joining TCS as a Grade 11 student in September. While Aidan presents as a scholar first, the committee also saw a very mature and approachable side to Aidan’s personality which, they believe, will set him up to be a solid role model for his peers and to be a leader in the community. Aidan believes that “a true leader makes their own path” and his “ability to carve [one’s] own way, inspires others.” The committee saw a confident, yet humble, young man during the interview who demonstrated a high level of EQ when discussing life in a boarding school. Aidan is excited about TCS being his next challenge on his journey “to grow, not only as a student, but also as a person and as a leader.”

Trinity College School is becoming the leading Canadian boarding school for Cayman students, building on a tradition that dates back to the early 1980s when the first Cayman students came to the School. Today, the TCS Cayman Branch includes 132 alumni, students, and past and current parents, with 17 students currently enrolled at the School.

Trinity College School (TCS) is a leading co-educational boarding and day school for 580 young people from Grades 5-12. The School is situated on a beautiful 100-acre campus located in the town of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, one hour’s drive east of Toronto, founded in 1865, the School places a balanced emphasis on academics, service learning, athletics, and the arts – as both a long-held TCS tradition and rethought, reinvigorated approach to 21st century education.

Current Cayman Scholarship holder, Zororo Mutomba (centre) with 2019-2020 recipients, Carmella and Aidan.

To learn more about TCS, visit www.tcs.on.ca

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