Four of Cayman's top students named Dart Scholars

Local students Charlotte Dowell, Graeme Madison, Charlotte Hodkin, and Joshua Martin 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, “our scholarship has a new name and branding this year; yet the exceptionally high academic standards, and the thoroughness of the application process are the same. These four young Caymanians are part of our future and Dart believes that by investing in their education we are also investing in the future of our country”.

Charlotte Dowell of Clifton Hunter High School and Graeme Madison of Cayman Prep and High School received the Dart High School Scholarship for their outstanding scholastic performances, especially in STEM subjects. Charlotte D., balances academia, arts and athletics in her school community, and most recently earned the Top Student Award for her conduct, effort and academics in the 2017 – 2018 school year. She is an active member of her school’s netball and debate teams and also participates in musical theatre productions. Consistent with her high aptitude for STEM, Charlotte D. has a keen interest in engineering and architecture and plans to study Design Technology, Physics and Information Technology in the coming school year.

A two-time Minds Inspired Maths Challenge winner, Cayman Prep and High School’s Graeme Madison is drawn to, and talented in, mathematics, physics and chemistry. He is also a gifted musician and has earned passes with distinction from Trinity College of Music for his performance in guitar and music theory. While Graeme has not yet decided on a career path, his aptitude in multiple areas of STEM is leading him towards economics, astrophysics or chemistry.

This year the William A. Dart Memorial University Scholarship is being shared between two Cayman Prep and High School alumni, Charlotte Hodkin and Joshua Martin. Charlotte H. is a 2018 recipient of the Dart Award for Excellence in STEM graduation award, for her achievement in science and mathematics subjects throughout her A-level studies. She also won top prize for her year at the Minds Inspired Mathematics Challenge in 2015 and 2018 respectively. Throughout her high school career, Charlotte H. maintained an immaculate academic record while also playing on her school netball team. Selected by Digicel and Deloitte to participate in their respective career development programmes for her exemplary leadership potential, Charlotte begins her studies in Mechanical Engineering at the Imperial College London in fall 2018.

Joshua Martin completed his A-level education at Ashbourne College in 2017 after earning his high school diploma from Cayman Prep and High School in 2015. With achievement of 4 A-Levels at A*, Joshua was granted deferred entry to King’s College London dentistry programme, beginning in September 2018, enabling him to spend a year interning at the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Dental Clinic. In addition to an exceptional academic standing and work ethic, Joshua is also a talented musician playing with both Cayman Prep’s swing band and Ashbourne College House Band.

Dart first offered scholarships in 2012 as a part of its Minds Inspired education programme. As the Minds Inspired offerings expanded, the scholarships were re-branded in 2018 as Dart Scholar. Dart Scholar is merit-based and rewards exemplary academic performance with tuition aid, resume-building work experience and unique enrichment experiences to supplement classroom learning.