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UWI awards 29 Open Scholarships

For Release Upon Receipt - October 29, 2012

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has awarded 29 Open Scholarships to undergraduate students for the academic year 2012/2013. The UWI Open Scholarship programme is one of the ways in which UWI, the region’s flagship tertiary institution, is attracting and rewarding the Caribbean’s high achievers.

The prestigious scholarships will cover the students’ cost of tuition (where applicable), books, living expenses and incidentals. Recipients are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout their course of study to keep the scholarship.

The 2012/13 Open Scholars were selected from applicants across the UWI’s 16 contributing countries and hail from Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. They were awarded on the basis of their high academic achievement at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) or performance at Associate degree level at community or state colleges as well as involvement in school leadership, community service and participation in co-curricular activities.

According to Professor Alvin Wint, Pro-Vice Chancellor in the Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies, the unit responsible for the management of these scholarships, “It is always our objective to attract the best students to the UWI. This year we were especially pleased to assist in funding the studies of two outstanding students who are enrolled at the Open Campus. The UWI is really extending its reach and contributing to regional development by facilitating access to tertiary education and training high achievers across all 16 of our contributing countries.”

The 2012/13 UWI Open Scholars will pursue undergraduate programmes ranging across the faculties of Engineering, Medical Sciences, Humanities and Education, Social Sciences, Law, Science and Technology and  Food and Agriculture, at the  UWI campus of their choice. 


About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.(Please note that the registered name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)