Grant winner to study political science

| 03/08/2017
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Kathy Powery, Monique Bush and Glen Gibbons of Island Heritage present
Gabriella Castillo with grant

(CNS Local Life): Local student Gabriella Castillo has been awarded an educational grant which will help her pursue a political science degree in a Canadian university starting in the fall. The US$5,000 award marks the inaugural grant under a programme launched by Island Heritage and announced last year in association with the company’s 20th anniversary.

Castillo graduated from United World College Costa Rica’s International Baccalaureate programme in May 2017, before which she attended Clifton Hunter High School. She will be attending the University of Western Ontario in the fall, pursuing a degree in political science with minors in economics and Spanish.

In 2016, Island Heritage’s board of directors announced the creation of the grant to support a young Caymanian student looking to pursue a university education with the ultimate aim of returning to Cayman and contributing to the future success of the islands.

A committee of Island Heritage staff selected the winner after considering each applicant’s academic excellence, demonstrated leadership experience, and community engagement and service. The money may be used to help cover the cost of tuition, accommodation, books or travel, related to full-time study at an accredited college or university.

Glen Gibbons, general manager of Island Heritage, spoke about the selection process. “This was not an easy decision. We had 27 applications from very strong candidates,” he said. “During the interview process, it became very apparent that Cayman has many bright and talented young men and women. The future of the islands is secure in their hands and we wish all of the applicants success in their university education and experience.”

On behalf of the board, management and staff at Island Heritage, Gibbons added, “We are delighted that the selection committee has found in Gabriella a very worthy recipient for our first educational grant.”

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  1. Rodney Barnett IV says:

    It is always a day brightener when we see how our wonderful foreign based companies support our island and its residents. Congratulations to Island Heritage and its management for supporting this great program!! You rock!!