The primary purpose of ACKy (NCU Alumni Chapter Cayman) is to promote the interests of Northern Caribbean University and to encourage collaborative action among its members to the benefit of NCU, Cayman’s church and wider community, and members of ACKy.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Ms Patricia Ebanks
Grand Cayman, KY1-1202
Mr. Fenslie Smith
Vice President, Religious & Educational Affairs
Mrs. Georgia Isaacs
Vice President, Social & Cultural Affairs
Mrs. Sashoy Duncan
Vice President, Public Relations
Dr. Martin Richards
Vice President, Finance & Treasury
Dr. Livingston Smith
Pastor Maurice Chambers
Mr. Roy Munroe
Sergeant at Arms
Ms Jusene Brown
Team Cayman Raises Funds for NCU Scholarships
The NCU Cayman Chapter has so far raised US$5,000 and is now vamping up the drive to assist NCU students to resume studies in September.
The drive continues until July 31 with the aim of increasing the US$325,000 in donations and pledges made so far to the Alumni Federation to US$1 million.
Cayman donations may be made via the Federation's website: under "Team Cayman", either as a donor or as a fundraiser. Monthly installments may also be made.
(The “NCUCARE to 71777" link is for US donors only, using US phones.)
Cayman donations may be also be made via:
Butterfield Cayman Bank account “NCU Cayman Alumni Association”, #1361610170014, with payee reference “NCU Scholarship Fund”.
Persons in the USA, may text, on US phones only, “NCUCARE” to 71777.
A mentoring opportunity is also being offered to alumni to help shephered students through their various programmes.
See further details on fundraising initiative below
NCU Alumni Stages Fundraising Event for Scholarship Fund
Cayman NCU Enrolled Students Eligible to Apply
To alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on students attending Northern Caribbean University in nearby Jamaica, an event aimed at raising some US$1 to 2 million for student scholarships, launched on Sunday, May 24, continues to Juy 31, 2020. Enrolled Cayman and Jamaica students are eligible to apply for scholarships under the scheme.
The scholarship fund is an initiative of the NCU Alumni Federation that comprises chapters in the US, Canada, England and other European countries, Australia, and the Caribbean, including the Cayman Islands.
The scholarship fund, which is hoped to enable the university to resume following Jamaica’s reopening, was initiated by the Alumni Federation on the basis of a student survey. The survey showed that some 60 to 85% of NCU students are experiencing some degree of uncertainty about their educational future because of the economic impact of COVID-19 on them and their families. Six Cayman-based students were enrolled at the 2019/20 academic year.
The private university, owned by the Adventist Church in the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas, recently announced a ten percent cut in faculty salaries. See link to a post by the Jamaica Observer (https://m.facebook.com/95746458800/posts/10158066324018801/?sfnsn=mo
“Many NCU students earn their tuition for upcoming academic years from summer jobs in Jamaica, the US, Canada, and the Cayman Islands,” said Federation President Harry Clayton, speaking this morning on a Cayman radio telephone interview from his Miami base. “In addition, because of Covid-19 and all the necessary lockdowns in Jamaica and elsewhere, many families are in economic crisis and are unable to support continuity of their adult children’s education.”
NCU president Dr. Lincoln Edwards congratulates Sonia Bailey, the recipient of the NCU Alumni Association Cayman Chapter’s first four-year scholarship to attend NCU. Ms. Bailey will commence studies in September 2019 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education. At left is Chapter president Patricia Ebanks. (photo credit: Rohan Riley)
NCU Alumni Chapter Announces Scholarship Awards
Following the Jekalyn Carr fundraising concert on June 30, 2019, the Cayman Chapter of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Alumni Association announces the availability of its second four-year scholarship to attend the Jamaica-based university.
The first four-year scholarship was awarded to Sonia Asharie Bailey at the June 30 Lions Centre concert. The scholarship, fully funded by a local donor, covers tuition, books, and boarding.
Commenting on the generous support by the community for the five-day youth outreach initiative that culminated in the June 30 concert, Ms. Patricia Ebanks, president of the Cayman Chapter of the NCU Alumni Association, said: “We were moved by the enormous demonstration of goodwill by the community.”
The availability of both scholarships is a direct result of the many donors’ concern for, and commitment to, the wellbeing of the youth of the Cayman Islands, Ms. Ebanks said, adding: “We thank them for their community spirit and generosity.”
The June 30 concert and a youth convocation sponsored by the Judicial Administration were the high points of the chapter’s five-day youth outreach effort that featured US motivational speaker and three-time Grammy-nominated singer Jekalyn Carr.
For scholarship application, link here.
Three-time Grammy-nominated singer Jekalyn Carr in concert at the Lions Centre on June 30, 2019, at the finale of a five-day youth-outreach initiative. Concert sponsorship, along with large attendance at the concert, enabled the grant of a second four-year scholarship tenable at NCU in September 2020. Interested persons should email NCU.KyAlumni@gmail.com. (Photo credit: Devarro Whittaker).
Ms. Lisha Ferguson, CNB Marketing Assistant, right, presents a cheque in support of the June 2019 Jekalyn
Carr youth outreach initiative and concert to Cayman Chapter President Patricia Ebanks.
Cayman National Bank Joins Array of Sponsors
Large Array of Sponsors Enables Grant of Second Scholarship
Cayman National Bank was among the array of generous sponsors who contriubted to the success of the NCU ACKy June 25 - 30 fundraising initiative that has resulted in a second scholarship for Caymanians.
The major sponors were
The Westin Grand Cayman Resort
The Cayman Islands Government Ministry of Culture
The Cayman Islands Government Ministry of Education and Youth
The Cayman Islands Judicial Administration
The Lions Club of Grand Cayman
The Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Cayman National Bank
Mr. Ezzard Miller
Brady's Attorneys-at- Law, and
Clearly Cayman Dive Resorts.
This list does not include serveral individuals who wish to remain anonymous.
In addtion, there was a large number of other companies and individuals who contributed expertise, services, comestibles and catering suppies, and financial gifts, not including several anonymous donors.
The Cayman Chapter of the NCU Alumni Association thanks all our sponors for their commitment to the development of the Cayman Islands by contributing in this meaningful way to the lives of our youth. Our deepest appreciation to all our sponsors.
NCU Achieves Institutional Accreditation Status
DR. LINCOLN EDWARDS, president of Northern Caribbean University (NCU), has announced the attainment of institutional accreditation status from the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) effective February 17, 2018, for a period of seven years initially.
The NCU President made the announcement during a press conference at the university’s main campus in Mandeville on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
The most significant aspect of gaining Institutional Accreditation Status, Dr. Edwards said, is that Northern Caribbean University now has the authority, ability and capacity to develop and offer degree programmes without the need for approval from the UCJ.
Dr. Edwards said that Northern Caribbean University is the second tertiary education institution operating in Jamaica to enjoy institutional accreditation status.
Jamaica's Minister of Education:
NCU’s Programme Should be Emulated
Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has hailed Northern Caribbean University’s (NCU) Restoring Every Student’s Confidence Using Education (RESCUE) programme as something worthy of emulation throughout the entire sector.
He was delivering the main address at NCU’s Alumni Homecoming Fundraising Banquet, held at Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on November 11, 2018.
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