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Recently appointed Scholarship Secretariat Manager Deirdre Seymour (left) with Scholarship Analyst Danielle Japal and Executive Officer Dieshalee Terry.

Published 11th March 2011, 11:9am

The recently restructured Scholarship Secretariat is moving forward with a new face at its helm. Following a competitive recruitment process, education enthusiast Deirdre Seymour has taken up the reins as the unit's manager.

As a former trust and corporate professional, she brings 20 years of customer service and managerial experience to the post. But having also served as both member and chairperson for several home-school and parent-teacher associations and lately for Cayman's Education Council, she also brings a wealth of education-specific knowledge.

Officially appointed in January, she takes the staff complement to three. The trio is committed to ensuring an appropriate return on investment from those who earn government-sponsored academic scholarships.

Her specific responsibilities include providing strategic and operational direction for the unit; monitoring and tracking scholarship recipient progress, and improving efficiency and effectiveness levels.

Ministry of Education, Training and Employment Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues welcomed Ms. Seymour to the Scholarship Secretariat team, noting that her appointment has completed the unit's redevelopment.

"Because the scholarship programme is so critical to the continued education of our students, we're really happy to have her on board," she said.

"Already, she's spearheading the launch of an online scholarship application system and we're excited about that."

Falling under the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment, the Scholarship Secretariat currently serves some 1,000 active post-secondary and tertiary education students on overseas and local scholarships as well as on local education grants. (GIS)