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T&T students win US$ 10,000 in UWI scholarships

For Release Upon Receipt - September 3, 2009


T&T nationals, Candice Myers and Lauralee Samaroo are among 19 regional students to be awarded scholarships and bursaries to study at The University of the West Indies. They each received US$ 5,000 to assist in funding their studies at the UWI Faculty of Medical Sciences, in Mount Hope, Trinidad. Samaroo, a former student of St. Joseph’s Convent in San Fernando, will begin her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences, while Myers will pursue her PhD in Clinical Anatomy & Education.

They celebrate with counterparts spread across the Caribbean: Jennifer Mofford and Amelia Rouse of Barbados; Corazon Durand of Dominica; Anne Teresa Birthwright, Mele-a Campbell, Amoako St. Patrick Evans, Felisha Henry, Shanique Sterling, Samantha Christie, Shaneek Findlay, Adrian Stephens and Pettia Gay Williams of Jamaica; Androy Emery and Keiran Prescott-Joseph of St. Lucia; Malissa Cornwall, Melissa De Freitas and Valdene Jack of St. Vincent.

These students made history as the first recipients of awards from the UWI Regional Endowment Fund (UWIREF) and were selected on the basis of merit and financial need.  Announcing the UWIREF scholarship winners, UWI Vice Chancellor, Professor E Nigel Harris stated: “In its sixty years, The University of the West Indies has evolved into an institution that has the capacity to make tangible contributions to the lives of its own. This scholarship investment toward molding bright, young, Caribbean minds testifies to UWI’s commitment to the development of its students, the region and the world.”

The 2009/2010 UWIREF Scholarships, valued at a total of US$ 150,000 were funded through the collaborative efforts of UWI and its partners including: RBTT, Sir George and Lady Sylvan Alleyne, Dame Bernice Lake, Maud Fuller, the late Roydell Lawrence and the late Professor Pamela Rodgers-Johnson.

About The UWIREF

The UWI Regional Endowment Fund (UWIREF) was officially launched in July 2008 as part of the University’s 60th Anniversary celebrations. The UWIREF provides the opportunity for international and regional donors to collaborate with the University to give meaningful support to its undergraduate and graduate students, research and other developmental projects. For more information on the UWIREF, please contact:Beverly Hunter (Mrs), Outreach and Student Alumni OfficerInstitutional Advancement Division, Office of the Vice ChancellorThe University of the West IndiesMona Campus, Kingston 7, JAMAICA Tel: (876) 977 6065, (876) 977 0052Fax: (876) 977 7525 E-mail:


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, 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, 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 100 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.