Aiden Watler Awarded 2021 University Scholarship
Aspiring mathematician recognised for academic achievement and community commitment.
Aidan Watler is the 2021 recipient of the William A. Dart Memorial University Scholarship. A graduate of Cayman Prep & High School, Watler is pursuing a degree in mathematics at University of California, Berkeley.
"We are thrilled to be able to help Aiden pursue a degree in mathematics as the recipient of this year's William A. Dart Memorial Scholarship," said Dart CEO Mark VanDevelde.
"Reason and logic are core values that have guided the Dart family's business operations for three generations. Mathematics involves logical reasoning, critical thinking and strategic problem solving, which are all key disciplines at Dart."
The William A. Dart University Scholarship application is a highly competitive, merit-based process. In addition to up to four years of financial support, Dart Scholars also receive summer work placements with Dart and mentoring opportunities that build networks and strengthen professional connections. To eliminate any potential for bias, the application process is completely blind.
As a student at Cayman Prep & High School, Watler excelled academically, achieving outstanding GCSE results - including eight A*s and three As - and a challenging A-Level course load of Maths, Further Maths, Physics and French. Watler regularly featured on the Honours Rolls and has been a frequent recipient of the Principal’s Award for High Achievement.
"It’s about more than learning formulae," Watler said, explaining his interest in mathematics. "It’s about understanding. I’m ecstatic about exploring both mathematics and its many applications in university."
A skilled debater, Aiden represented his school in the final of the Conyers Inter-School Debate. He was celebrated as "Best Speaker" and was twice part of the "Best Team" in the debate competition. He recently represented Cayman in the International Debate Championship this summer.
Watler is a familiar face to many in the community thanks to his commitment to the preservation and celebration of Caymanian culture through his involvement in several National Cultural Foundation programmes. In addition to starring roles in the social commentary comedy production, "Rundown," Watler has also represented Cayman overseas at Carifesta and mentored younger children in National Cultural Foundation summer programmes.
“Dart is extremely proud to welcome Aiden to our scholarship family and we know the best is yet to come as Aiden continues his academic journey at UC Berkeley,” said Glenda McTaggart, Dart's education programmes senior manager.