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Fundraising Gala for UWI Scholarships carded for February 22 in NYC

For Release Upon Receipt - January 12, 2018


The  American Foundation for The University of West Indies (AFUWI) is set to host its signature Annual Awards Gala on Thursday 22 February, 2018. The black tie event which takes place at The Pierre hotel in New York City seeks to bring together alumni and partners of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) to raise funds for scholarships, while recognising the achievements of notable individuals from the US and Caribbean. 


This year’s awardees are as follows:

Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Business Leadership - Patrick Hylton, CD, President and Chief Group Officer, National Commercial Bank, Jamaica Ltd.

Vice-Chancellor’s Achievement Award - Angela Yee, Host, The Breakfast Club

Pinnacle Literary Award/The Pelican Award (UWI Alumni) - Marlon James, Professor and Author

Woman in Business Excellence Award - June Ambrose, Designer and Celebrity Stylist

Caribbean Luminary Award - Yvette Noel-Schure, Founder and Executive Vice President, Schure Media Group

In Memoriam - The Late Lowell Hawthorne, CD, Former President and CEO, Golden Crust Caribbean Bakery and Grill and Former Chairman, AFUWI Board of Directors.

Now in its 21st year, the Gala traditionally provides an average of 50 scholarships annually for students across The UWI’s four campuses. It continues to attract the support and attention of a diverse range of American and Caribbean entities and organisations as well as influential persons who have graciously served on the Honorary Committee.

The Gala begins with a reception at 6:00 pm, followed by the dinner programme and a dessert party from 7:00 pm and an after party at 9:30 pm hosted by Gala Chair, Doug E Fresh and Honuoree, Angela Yee. Individual tickets start at $500 USD and must be reserved by/before February 18, 2018. 

To reserve or purchase tickets, and for further information, please call 1-212-759-9345 or visit





A 501(c) (3) charitable organisation, the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) was established in 1956 to develop an endowment fund in the United States for The University of the West Indies (UWI). Today, its mission is to source and administer private donations, maximise philanthropic efforts, and develop strategic alliances with American corporations, foundations, alumni and other organisations, primarily to provide scholarships, support academic programmes and facilitate development projects at The UWI. The Foundation has more recently intensified its focus on supporting the University’s scholarship programme because of the urgent and increasing demand for financial aid from many in the student population who are talented, ambitious and determined to break the cycle of poverty, but face severe economic hardships. In addition, the Foundation also seeks to facilitate activities which promote the well-being and strengthening of the West Indian society through community service, research programmes and public service endeavours for the preservation/creation of a robust cultural and social legacy. Visit:


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)