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Three new Dart Scholars announced for 2022

Local News 13 Jul, 2022 Follow News

Three new Dart Scholars announced for 2022

Dart has announced three new Dart Scholars for 2022. Adrian Philips Hernáez will receive the William A. Dart Memorial Scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College in London. Two high school scholarships are awarded to Jake Fagan from Cayman Prep & High School and Sirichandana Batta from Layman Scott High School in Cayman Brac.

Now in its eleventh year, the Dart Scholar programme offers scholarships to Caymanian students who excel academically, demonstrate strong leadership qualities and make a positive contribution in the community. Dart’s four-year high school scholarship focuses on the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Dart CEO Mark VanDevelde said, “Our Dart Scholars are a group of exceptional young men and women who fill me with confidence for the future. Driven by intellectual curiosity and a desire to help solve the world’s problems, empowered by critical thinking and problem-solving skills learned through the study of STEM, they have the ability to make a difference. I am impressed by the positive impact our three new Dart Scholars have already made in our community, and look forward to seeing them grow in the years ahead.”

In addition to financial support, Dart Scholars receive mentoring and work experience opportunities at Dart and high school Dart Scholars are invited on an annual enrichment trip, travel permitting. Applicants are required to complete a blind-selection process that includes a written test and several rounds of interviews with the selection panel and senior leadership at Dart.

Adrien Philips Hernáez

Adrien graduated Cayman Prep & High School this month with top awards for Chemistry, Further Maths and Overall Academic Achievement. He will start his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial in September as the foundation for a career as a robotic engineer. During high school, Adrien took every opportunity to participate in robotics programmes, from early LEGO competitions to representing his school at FIRST Tech challenge. He was a selected as a member of the Cayman National Robotics Team two years running, competing in the FIRST Global challenges in Mexico and Dubai. He now mentors younger children at robotics camps and tutors GCSE students in chemistry.

Jake Fagan

Jake is a talented mathematician who has won the Junior Minds Inspired Maths Challenge for the past two years. Starting his GCSEs next term, Jake will focus on STEM subjects with the goal of studying engineering or neuroscience at a top tier university. Outside the classroom, Jake is a keen swimmer and kite surfer – two sports he put to use when fundraising for local charities. During lockdown, Jake and friends kite surfed the length of Grand Cayman raising $55,000 for Cayman ARK’s soup kitchens. Last year, he became the youngest swimmer to cross the channel between Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Sirichandana Batta

Known as Siri, Sirichandana is a straight A student at Layman Scott High School. Inspired by her mother, Siri’s goal is to become a physician and help others through her knowledge of science and technology. Her community involvement started at a young age having joined the Girl Scouts when she was nine and she is currently Secretary of the Leos Club at Cayman Brac. As president of her school debate club, Siri enjoys public speaking and advocating for causes that support the betterment of society.

With more than 30 applications received in the high school category this year, Dart also recognised the three candidates who successfully made it to the final round of interview. Matthew Huys (Clever Fish), Nathaniel Shaughness (Cayman International School) and Caitlyn Darby (Cayman Prep & High School) each received an award presented by Dart executives.

Since launching its scholarship programme in 2012, Dart has awarded a total of 22 high school scholarships and 27 university scholarships to some of the worlds’ top academic establishments. 85% of Dart Scholars move on from undergraduate study to complete a masters or PhD.


Each year, Dart awards scholarships to noteworthy high school and university students - providing them with financial assistance, mentorship opportunities, educational enrichment and meaningful work experience.

The foundation of Dart’s education programmes is the Dart family’s philosophy of promoting education and fostering academic excellence in the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dart believes that STEM subjects are the fundamental building blocks for both academic and career success.

For more information on Dart Scholar visit dartscholar.ky.

High School Scholarship
Since 2012, Dart has awarded two four-year high school scholarships annually based on academic excellence with a clear focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A vigorous evaluation process – initial review of application and documentation, mathematics test and written essay, and a face-to-face interview - identifies the successful applicants. In accordance with Dart's culture of meritocracy, applications are evaluated using a completely blind selection process.

University Scholarship
The William A. Dart Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 in memory of Ken Dart's late father who founded the Dart Corporation. It is awarded annually to a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited overseas institution and renews annually for up to four years, subject to academic performance.

Both scholarships include bespoke mentoring and enrichment opportunities, designed to further encourage, support and inspire students to achieve their full potential.

Image: From left, Dart Chief of Staff Joanne Lawson, Dart Director Jackie Doak, Dart University Scholar 2022 Adrien Philips Hernáez and Dart Chief Executive Officer Mark VanDevelde. Missing from photo: Dart High School Scholars 2022 Jake Fagan and Sirichandana Batta

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