(CMR) Aspiring mathematician Aiden Watler is the 2021 recipient of the William A. Dart Memorial University Scholarship. Watler is pursuing a degree in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.
As a student at Cayman Prep & High School, Watler excelled academically and was a prominent feature of the Honor Roll and a regular recipient of the Principal’s Award for High Achievement. He has achieved outstanding GCSE results, including eight A*s and three A's. This includes Maths, Further Maths, Physics, and French at the A-Level.
Watler is excited about taking up this scholarship opportunity to pursue his passion.
“It’s about more than learning formulae. It’s about understanding. I’m ecstatic about exploring both mathematics and its many applications in university,” Watler said, explaining his interest in mathematics.”
Watler has also done well in extra-curricular activities. As a skilled debater, Aiden represented his school in the final of the Conyers Inter-School Debate, where he was chosen as “Best Speaker” and was twice part of the “Best Team” in the debate competition. He recently represented Cayman in the International Debate Championship this summer.
He is also involved in the community with a commitment to preserving and celebrating Caymanian culture through his involvement in several National Cultural Foundation programs. In addition to starring roles in the social commentary comedy production, “Rundown,” Watler has also represented Cayman overseas at Carifesta and mentored younger children in National Cultural Foundation summer programs.
“We are thrilled to be able to help Aiden pursue a degree in mathematics as the recipient of this year's William A. Dart Memorial Scholarship,” said Dart CEO Mark VanDevelde.
“Reason and logic are core values that have guided the Dart family's business operations for three generations. Mathematics involves logical reasoning, critical thinking, and strategic problem solving, which are all key disciplines at Dart.”
The William A. Dart University Scholarship application is a highly competitive, merit-based process. In addition to up to four years of financial support, Dart Scholars also receive summer work placements with Dart and mentoring opportunities that build networks and strengthen professional connections. To eliminate any potential for bias, Dart said the application process is completely blind.
“Dart is extremely proud to welcome Aiden to our scholarship family, and we know the best is yet to come as Aiden continues his academic journey at UC Berkeley,” said Glenda McTaggart, Dart's education programs senior manager.