Cayman International School has launched a new scholarship for students entering years 9, 10 or 11 that will see their school fees at CIS paid for a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years. During this time, they will undertake the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma study programme, which is recognised the world over and which will stand them in good stead for further study at some of the top universities.
The idea of this new scholarship, called the CIS Caymanian Citizenship Scholarship, is to provide Caymanians who aren’t enrolled at CIS and who show outstanding potential but don’t have the means to pay with the opportunity to undertake potentially life-changing education. At the same time, CIS hopes it will benefit from becoming a more inclusive and more well-rounded school, they said.
Applicants must meet the financial needs requirements as set out by CIS and total family income will be assessed to ensure the candidate meets the needs assessment criteria. Once they meet these, they will be judged on merit. They must demonstrate positive values and characteristics of a mature young person with a high level of personal integrity. At the same time, they must have already shown strong academic merit and proficiency in English over the previous two years, show strong leadership skills as well as talent in the arts, athletics, service and activities. After their first year as a scholarship recipient, they must continue to uphold their scholastic levels and also maintain and enhance their character, leadership and community skills, in order to retain the scholarship, along with adhering to the school’s missions and principles.
CIS anticipates that the scholarship recipients will become role models within the life of the school as well as their communities outside of CIS by providing hope and encouragement for other young people seeking education opportunities.
Application forms can be downloaded from the CIS website - https://www.caymaninternationalschool.org/ - and, once completed, submitted, along with financial statements and any other paperwork needed, to the CIS Admissions Office. Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible because CIS will not be considering any applications after 20 April. After this date, the Scholarship Committee will review all applications and the successful candidate will be advised of a partial scholarship award by 20 May.