About The Community Engagement Programme – UCCI Scholarship
The Community Engagement Programme (CEP) at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) is a comprehensive need-based scholarship and retention programme for first-generation college students studying in the Cayman Islands who demonstrate the potential for sustainable leadership, community awareness, and involvement. The programme serves students by providing funding for college along with a wide range of support to the CEP Scholars as they pursue higher education. The programme was established in May 2021 thanks to the initial funding of Tom & Beverley Simpson, the university is seeking additional sponsors to continue to expand the programme each year.
Benefits of CEP
In addition to substantial financial support, each cohort of CEP students forms a learning community. CEP scholars receive up to CI$2,500 per year to support tuition, books, fees and other related educational needs and can be renewed annually. The programme includes a co-curricular experience with an emphasis on leadership development and community service. CEP students have access to comprehensive retention services, including tutoring, mentoring and academic enrichment. These students also have opportunities to explore and enhance career success by networking and engaging with community leaders.
CEP students at UCCI partner with local public schools to promote the value of and progression into higher education. Collectively, each CEP cohort will design and lead a community service project to “give back” to the Cayman Islands community. CEP students also visit the local high schools to speak with students about setting their higher education goals while in high school. They also conduct UCCI campus tours with the high school students.
In addition, as part of required practicum work, UCCI graduate students in the Education/Teaching Programme would offer supervisory support for the CEP programme.