The Addison Kelly Memorial Scholarship

The Addison Kelly Memorial Scholarship is available to eligible students interested in pursuing a post-graduate degree 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 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 to individuals seeking a post-graduate degree in the field of mental health 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 20 – 35
  • Resident in the Cayman Islands for four years prior to applying
  • Possess am undergraduate degree in a related field
  • Accepted to a competitively ranked and accredited institution to pursue studies in a programme in psychology/psychotherapy.
  • Ready to commence studies in August/September 2023
  • In strong academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Strong communicator with good interpersonal skills, work ethic and character

How to Apply

Items you must submit you full application with all required documents through our online application form. Required documents include:

  • Cover letter
  • Completed application form
  • Proof of Caymanian status
  • Official college transcript and degree achieved
  • Academic Reference
  • Personal Reference
  • Acceptance or evidence of school application
  • 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
  • Deadline to apply is 15 April 2023

For more information, please contact assistance@alexpantonfoundation.ky.

Apply Below

Please note that this scholarship is available only for Caymanians or those individuals who have the Right to Be Caymanian. If your answer is "no", you will not be able to complete this form nor will you be eligible for the scholarship opportunity.

APPLICANT DETAILS

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Please put both your local mailing address and local physical address.
If applicable.
Please put both overseas mailing address if applicable.
If applicable.

DECLARATION OF ACCURACY

Please check the boxes as an indication of your understanding of, and agreement to the above mentioned and sign below:
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Please submit an academic reference that has been completed by someone who has known you (the applicant) in an academic capacity for at least one year and is not an immediate family member. NOTE: This reference cannot be the same person as your personal reference.
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Please submit a personal reference that has been completed by someone who has known you (the applicant) in a personal capacity for at least one year and is not an immediate family member. NOTE: This reference cannot be the same person as your academic reference.
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Please submit a recent photo, birth certificate and proof of having the right to be Caymanian.

PROOF OF DOMICILE (RESIDENCY)

Scholarships will only be awarded to students who have been legally and ordinarily resident – as defined by the Cayman Islands Immigration Law (2015 Revision – in the Cayman Islands for a minimum of five (5) years prior to their application.

Proof of residence will be required for all scholarship applications. This can be a letter from most recent school or from parents’ employer. Students who are overseas for academic purposes and off island for more than 6 months will not be penalised as long as their parents/guardians are legally and ordinarily resident.

ACADEMIC HISTORY

What type of applicant are you? State which type of institution you are currently attending or last attended.
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- Official transcripts from high school, post-secondary and tertiary institutions.
- Copies of all degrees or certificates achieved.

INSTITUTION AND PROGRAMME DETAILS

Please fill out the below form with your top three university choices.
- Name of Institution
- Country
- Physical Address
- Telephone Number
- Website Address
- Proposed Major
- Total Cost of Programme Per Annum (please specify the currency)
- Total Length of Programme (years)
- Estimated Graduation Date
- Name of Institution
- Country
- Physical Address
- Telephone Number
- Website Address
- Proposed Major
- Total Cost of Programme Per Annum (please specify the currency)
- Total Length of Programme (years)
- Estimated Graduation Date
- Name of Institution
- Country
- Physical Address
- Telephone Number
- Website Address
- Proposed Major
- Total Cost of Programme Per Annum (please specify the currency)
- Total Length of Programme (years)
- Estimated Graduation Date
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PERSONAL STATEMENT

Think about each question below and give a comprehensive response that reflects what is important to you.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION FORM

Please provide the following details for your primary surety (i.e., an individual who will take responsibility for repayment of funds if applicant defaults on scholarship requirement).

Surety 1

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Surety 2

Please provide the following details for your secondary surety. You do not need to complete this section if you only have one surety.
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Thank you to the over 900 people who registered and turned out for the inaugural Addison Kelly Butterfly 5k, it was a truly amazing morning! Special thanks to Dart who matched all the registrations and donations and helped us to raise over US$100k for the Addison Kelly Memorial Scholarship fund!

Huge Thank You To Our Sponsors