Heather Williams recipient of first Thomson Trust Scholarship
Heather Williams will join the rigorous Diploma Programme at Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) with the fall academic year as the recipient of the first Thomson Trust Scholarship. The incoming 11th-grade student has received an award which will allow her to follow one of four graduation pathways for her final two years of high school.
Williams who transferred from St. Augustine’s College was the first student to benefit from the scholarship.
A scholar and athlete, Williams is excited about the school’s science program and hopes it will be a platform for her goals of attending a top university and becoming either a marine biologist or environmental scientist.
Her mother, Jacqueline Williams said she was also looking forward to the future opportunities that will be afforded to her daughter.
“I know the school will be a launchpad for Heather’s future goals and I know Heather will also contribute to the school in so many ways,” she said.
LCIS received a $1.5 million endowment for scholarships and financial aid from the Peter N. Thomson Family Trust as recommended by Andrew Raenden.
“We are so grateful to the family for this incredible gift. The impact that this gift will have on our school and the education landscape of the country is incredible,” said Dr. Stacey Bobo, LCIS principal.
“The trust has created a lasting impact, making even more scholarships available to high-achieving local students to attend LCIS. We are so honored to carry forward this history and legacy as we impact the education of so many children.”
The endowment for scholarships and financial aid, school officials said, was the largest single gift to the endowment ever received by the school and has more than doubled the fund.
“This investment in scholarships is for the long term. The trust’s gift provides sustainability to our program as the income from the investment gives us the ability to fund local students year after year in perpetuity,” said Dr. Joanna Paul, development director.
In gaining admission to LCIS, Williams joins a diverse and supportive community that features students and staff from over 41 countries who speak 17 different languages. School officials said she would have the opportunity to participate in one of the 50 free co-curricular activities that include a diverse array of programs including dance, robotics and snorkeling. As a student-athlete and leader, she could have the opportunity to play on LCIS’s championship football team, travel domestically and internationally for academic projects, or join the Governor General Youth Award program. And, that when she graduates from LCIS, she would have the chance to attend top schools around the world.
In the past few years, LCIS students have gained admission to Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, Oxford and the University of Toronto due to LCIS’s rigorous academic courses, highly qualified staff and specialized college counseling.
With the opening of the new campus in Fall 2020, school officials said Williams will be amongst students accessing even more opportunities including new facilities, expanded programs and more scholarships.
• For more information about scholarships or admissions to LCIS, visit the website at www.lcis.bs or contact Rose Taylor at (242) 362-4774.