The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people all over the world work, resulting in many doing their job remotely. It is no different for the Dart Scholars, including Chloe DaCosta, 2015 William A. Dart University Scholar, taking part in the company's Work-X internship programme. Read on to hear about Chloe's experience with Work-X 2020. 

Local students Erin Shaughness of Cayman International School (CIS) and Jaiden Gilbert of St. Ignatius High School have earned the prestigious title of Dart Scholar for their exceptional academic and extracurricular achievements.   

Dart CEO Mark VanDevelde welcomed them to the Dart Scholar family last week which also includes the recently announced William A. Dart Memorial University Scholar Jonathon Bedasse.

 

Johnathon Bedasse is the 2020 recipient of the William A. Dart Memorial University Scholarship. A graduate of Cayman Prep & High School, Bedasse is following his passion for economics and music to Columbia University in New York City where he will begin studies in the fall.

 

Emma Turnbull, a 2014 High School Scholar and a 2018 William A. Dart Memorial University Scholar, is in her second year studying biomedical science at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Emma is also an avid squash player, having competed in the Caribbean Area Squash Association’s Junior Championship in Jamaica, the Pan Am games in Cayman and is now serving as the captain of the team at Newcastle University. Read on to learn more about Emma, her experience as a Dart Scholar and her plans for the year ahead.

Christian Dyer, a 2015 High School Scholar and a 2019 William A. Dart Memorial University Scholar, is in his first year studying Economics at Northwestern University in the United States. Read on to learn more about Christian, his experience as a Dart Scholar and his plans for the year ahead.

For students, January through April is the busiest part of the school year as they deal with a flurry of exams, homework, studying and extracurricular activities. 

Filling out forms, photocopying and scanning documents and making requests for references might seem like too much to add to their regular schoolwork, but that is what is required if students want to apply for the honour of being the next Dart Scholar.

Existing Dart Scholars know the investment of time was worth it, but this year’s applicants will have a slightly easier experience. For the first time, Dart Scholar has an online application process for both the high school and university scholarships.

Kirsten is a 2014 William A. Dart Memorial University Scholar and a graduate from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience. During her undergraduate study, she completed two six-month internships at Harvard Medical and XTuit, a cancer research facility. Kirsten recently completed her Masters of Research degree in Brain Sciences at University College London and is now pursuing her PhD at the UCL Institute of Neurology in the Clinical and Movement Neuroscience Department. Read on to learn more about Kirsten, her experience as a Dart Scholar and as a PhD student.

Joshua Martin, a 2018 Dart Scholar, received the William A. Dart Memorial University Scholarship and started his second year studying dentistry at King’s College London in 2019, and spent his summer as a Work-X student in Dart’s finance department. In addition to an exceptional academic record, Joshua is also a talented musician having played with both Cayman Prep’s swing band and the Ashbourne College House Band in London. Read on to learn more about Joshua, his experience as a Dart Scholar and his plans for the year ahead.

In 2011, Kelsie McLean became the first Dart Scholar recipient. Beginning her career with Dart as an Administrative and Human Resources Work-X student while attending St. Ignatius Catholic School; Kelsie then went on to complete her undergraduate degree at Johnson & Wales University in Hotel & Lodging Management. Upon graduation, she accepted a job at Kimpton’s EPIC resort in Miami which eventually led to her becoming one of the first employees at Grand Cayman’s Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa where she assisted with the recruitment of over 300 employees. Another door opened for Kelsie and today she is once again at Dart, thriving and growing professionally as a member of the People and Culture team. Read on to learn more about Kelsie and her experience as a Dart Scholar.

Anja van Genderen, a 2015 Dart High School Scholar and a 2018 William A. Dart Memorial University Scholar, studies biological science at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. Last summer, she participated in a two-week research expedition in Romania, collecting data to help governments and researchers study changes in our biodiversity. Read on to learn more about Anja, her experience as a Dart Scholar and her plans for the year ahead.