When Matthew McTaggart became one of the first William A. Dart Memorial University Scholars in 2013, there was no doubt that he had limitless potential. Six years, three degrees and an impeccable academic record later – he has set his sights on using his knowledge to change the world we live in. Matthew’s hunger for knowledge is equal to his desire to share it, and his welcoming demeanor makes talking with him easier than one would think. Here are his thoughts on life before, during and after being a Dart Scholar – and what comes next.

The 2018 Dart Scholar Summer Enrichment trip took the high school Scholars to Ontario, Canada where they visited waste management and renewable energy facilities.

The Scholars –  Cayman Prep and High School’s Ethan Slocock and Christian Dyer; Cayman International School’s Cristin Jackson; Layman E. Scott Senior High School’s Thomas Sevik Jr., St. Ignatius Catholic School’s Diandra Whittaker and Jade Wilkinson – learned about sustainable energy, landfill redevelopment and mitigation, and waste-to-energy technologies firsthand from industry experts. 

This year’s Dart Scholars recipients set powerfully positive examples for their peers.

Not only are they exceptional students with evident aptitude and dedication to their studies, they are well-rounded and civic-minded individuals, with heads for business and appreciation for the arts and charitable causes.

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.   

The Dart High School Scholarship provides young Caymanians with life-changing experience in the real world of work. It is a rigorous, merit-based process which focuses on academic achievement.

Ken Dart’s strong belief in the power of education was influenced by his family who long believed in the transformative power of education - both for the individual and for society in general. Dart translated this belief in the power of education into exciting programmes, initiatives and work experience – Minds Inspired; and Cayman’s pre-eminent local scholarship programme, Dart Scholar.

Jackie Doak and Julian Solomon

Dart Scholars' education outside the classroom includes innovative and exciting enrichment opportunities and work experience that many kids only dream of:

Drew Milgate at the Dart Container Corporation manufacturing plant

Drew Milgate, 2017 William A. Dart Memorial Dart Scholar, received a glimpse into what his future engineering career could be like when he visited the Dart Container Corporation manufacturing plant last year. Drew ventured to Mason, Michigan, to participate in the Dart College Co-op programme where he and other engineering students rotated through the company’s different operation groups and departments.

Dart’s 2017 Minds Inspired William A. Dart Memorial Scholarship recipient is Dominic Dyer. 

Thomas Sevik Jr. of Layman E. Scott Senior High School and Diandra Whittaker of St. Ignatius High School are the 2017 Dart Minds Inspired high school scholars.