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Applications invited for the UWI 2013 Open Scholarships

For Release Upon Receipt - December 5, 2012

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is inviting applications for its prestigious 2013 Open Scholarships. Each year the University awards scholarships to top performing students across the region to pursue undergraduate degrees. The UWI Open Scholarships cover tuition, accommodation, both on- and off-campus, and contributions to books and meals.

To be eligible, applicants must be high school, community or state college graduates applying for the first time to a government-sponsored undergraduate degree programme offered at any of The University’s four campuses. Current first-year UWI students are also eligible to apply for the Open Scholarships. All applicants must be citizens of one of The UWI’s contributing countries (see the list below). The UWI Office of the Board of Undergraduate Studies (OBUS) which manages the Scholarships has noted that nationals of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago will only receive support for maintenance costs, which will be linked to costs listed in the relevant campus Financial Information Booklets available on each campus website.

In keeping with international best practices, the application process, which is a completely online procedure, requires students to complete a 500-word personal essay outlining career aspirations and reasons for their choice of degree programme at UWI. In addition to meeting minimum academic requirements, applicants must also provide evidence of community involvement and co-curricular activities.

Noting that two Open Campus students received funding under the Open Scholarships 2012 scheme, Professor Alvin Wint, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies reiterated “For the 2013 Open Scholarships programme, we are looking forward to receiving many more applications from students in our UWI-12 countries."

Applications for the UWI 2013 Open Scholarships must be completed online at by February 28, 2013 and ALL supporting documents MUST be submitted by March 11, 2013.


For more information on the UWI Open Scholarships contact:

The Office of the Board of Undergraduate Studies


Telephone: (876) 977-7916 or (876) 970-0244


UWI Contributing Countries


Antigua & Barbuda





British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands





St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Trinidad & Tobago

Turks & Caicos


About The UWI

Over the last 64 years, 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, The 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, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. The UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with 45 physical site locations across the region, serving 16 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, The UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Food and Agriculture, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences.



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