High School Scholarship

Why become a Dart Scholar?

One of Dart's goals is to inspire Cayman's future leaders. Becoming a Dart Scholar is the first step in what can become a lifelong, educational journey.


About the application process

Caymanian students attending private and public schools, who are preparing to enter Grade 9 (Year 10) at the start of the academic year, are eligible to apply.

It is a rigorous, merit-based process which focuses on academic achievement. 

See if you're eligible | What the scholarship includes


I feel honoured and humbled to receive this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I applied for the scholarship because I needed financial assistance to fulfil my academic dreams. It’s an opportunity that I embrace with pride. CRISTIN JACKSON

Thinking of applying?

  • Read the application thoroughly
  • Upload all documentation requested
  • Meet the application deadline


Key Dates

15 April 2021

Last day to apply for the Dart High School Scholarship

What’s it like to be a Dart High School Scholar?

I gained an incredible wealth of knowledge from that memorable week-long Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture Camp. I especially enjoyed the ‘design-build-test’ experiences that helped develop our problem-solving skills as we worked on our first marine vessel engineering projects. THOMAS JAMES SEVIK JR.
Applying was exciting and scary. Seeing so many academically gifted students apply inspired me. It was scary taking a test and applying; however, the Dart Family made me feel comfortable and welcomed throughout the process. DIANDRA WHITTAKER
The scholarship has provided me with many opportunities. The most recent was the opportunity to experience Oxford Young Doctor's Academy. I learned so much about the field of medicine, and it reinforced my interest in the life sciences, especially biochemistry. ANJA VAN GENDEREN
The calibre of the finalists was impressive. Their character, tenacity and professionalism - especially at this young age - stood out, making their accomplishment even more notable. These young Caymanians are our future leaders, and that gives me a great sense of confidence for the future of our country. MARK VANDEVELDE

Enrichment Activities

Enrichment activities make learning more meaningful, valuable and rewarding. Dart Scholars are provided with multiple enrichment opportunities every year – the highlight of which is, without question, the High School summer trip.

Every year the trip is planned to build on Scholars’ STEM interests and it takes them to world renowned educational institutions and organisations – with a little bit of culture and sightseeing thrown in for fun.

The enrichment trips are fundamental to any student experience because they might expose you to something you love and want to spend the rest of your life doing. They really open doors and show students different career paths.” CRISTIN JACKSON

Annual High School
summer enrichment trips

  • 2019 Tech course at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  • 2018 Waste management and renewable energy facilities, Ontario, Canada
  • 2017 Oxford Scholastica Academy, Oxford, UK
  • 2016 SuperCamp, Stanford University, California, USA
  • 2015 CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland 
  • 2014 Dart Neuroscience Facility, California, USA
  • 2013 SuperCamp, Stanford University, California, USA


Beyond the classroom

Dart hosts thought leaders at conferences and events throughout the year. Dart Scholars are invited to attend these events, where they hear first-hand the thoughts, perspectives and opinions of industry experts.


  • Cayman Alternative Investment Summit (CAIS) - Robotics innovators Rodney Brooks, Professor of Robotics at MIT, Yaro Tenzer, CEO and Co-founder of RightHand Robotics and Steve Toebes, Chief Robotics Officer at HDS Global, provided insights and social commentary on the robotics revolution and the future relationship between humans and robots.
  • CAIS - Global adventurer Bear Grylls, known for his survivalist television series “Man vs. Wild,” shared stories about fears and failures that accompanied his career, demonstrating the bumpy road to success.
  • CAIS - Academy Award-winning actress and gender equality advocate Geena Davis detailed her commitment to fighting onscreen gender inequality through her nonprofit organisation.


  • Distinguished engineer Dr. John Roberts, whose portfolio includes the London Eye and British Airways i360, presented design challenges and creative solutions conceived to build his iconic projects.

Application Process

Complete the application

Carefully complete the application form. Be sure to answer all questions, provide all requested documentation and proofread your written work.


Proof of meeting academic requirements

Provide copies of your report cards from the last two years. If you can't find them, ask your school office for copies.


Provide proof of Caymanian citizenship

Provide a copy of your Caymanian Status grant approval letter and certificate, or provide birth certificates for yourself and one Caymanian parent evidencing that they were born in the Islands before 27 March 1977.


Provide confirmation letter from school

Request a letter of confirmation of entering Grade 9 (Year 10) from your school office – it may take a couple of days so don't leave it until the last minute.


Supply information for reference letters

Give the names and contact details of two people who will provide you with a 'glowing' reference.


Write a short essay

Tell us about your aspirations and goals for the rest of your high school study and beyond that for university. Read and proofread your work carefully – first impressions count.