The Addison Kelly Memorial Scholarship

The Addison Kelly Memorial Scholarship is available to eligible students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree or other formal certification in the field of mental health from an accredited overseas institution.

Addi’s Story

Addison Kelly was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression at age 15. These mental illnesses were directly caused by trauma she experienced between the ages of 8 to 10 years old when she was repeatedly sexually abused. The pain she suffered took her on a difficult journey and she struggled with self-harm and other mental health disorders. She was then diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Even as she fought daily for her mental health, she maintained the most positive attitude and kept a smile on her face. 

When Addi was in treatment, she spoke often about wanting to study to become a therapist and/or psychiatrist when she got older so she could help others who were experiencing similar challenges, especially in Cayman, her beloved home. She had researched colleges which offered programmes in these fields, and in her more hopeful moments was looking forward to making a difference in her world. However, on Tuesday, 8 February 2022, Addi succumbed to her illnesses, taking her life at just 16-years old.

This scholarship was created by the Kelly family to enable persons in Cayman who have a desire to help people struggling with mental illnesses do so. Addi had a team of incredible therapists and doctors who helped her through many challenging times, but we know that there is an urgent need in Cayman for more trained specialists in this field.

The Scholarship

The Addison Kelly Memorial Scholarship is awarded for up to a maximum of four (4) years for a bachelor’s or master’s degree or other certification from an accredited overseas institution, with annual renewal subject to academic performance. It is administered through the Alex Panton Foundation (APF) with support from Addi’s family.

Are You a Candidate?

  • Caymanian
  • Aged 17 – 25
  • Resident in the Cayman Islands for four years prior to applying
  • Accepted to a competitively ranked and accredited institution to pursue studies in a programme related to mental health. These could include:
    • Clinical or Counselling Psychology
    • Counselling Therapy
    • Clinical Social Work
    • Psychiatric Registered Nurse
    • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
    • Psychiatry
    • Mental Health Counselling
  • Ready to commence studies in August/September 2023
  • In strong academic standing with a minimum of five higher-level passes or cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Strong communicator with good interpersonal skills, work ethic and character

How to Apply

Items you must submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Completed application form
  • Proof of Caymanian status
  • Official high school or college transcript
  • Examination certificates/results available at time of application
  • Two completed character references
  • Personal statement

Selection Process:

Once the required and completed documentation is received:

  • Eligible applicants will be evaluated, and a short list of candidates selected
  • Applicants will be evaluated against the required criteria and by the Alex Panton Foundation internal selection committee
  • Candidates will be selected to attend a panel interview where results will be scored
  • Final selection will be made by the selection committee, comprised of APF board members and others within the mental health community

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