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AFUWI Bursaries Awarded to Three UWI Open Campus Students

For Release Upon Receipt - December 6, 2009


In a banner year of achievements for the newest campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI), The Office of The UWI Board for Undergraduate Studies has announced that three top students of the Open Campus have received bursaries valued at US$2,250 each for the 2009-2010 academic year. The awards are offered by the American Foundation of The UWI (AFUWI), a non-profit foundation, which has provided scholarships and grants and funded special projects to foster the development of The UWI, over the past decade.

The Open Campus students who have received bursaries this year are Daniel Mendez from Belize and Isa Alexander from St. Lucia, both enrolled in the BSc Management Studies programme, and Jade Leatham from Dominica, who is enrolled in the BEd Secondary, Language Education (English) programme.

According to the Assistant Registrar, Student Support, Open Campus, Ms. Daniella Hickling, the students were selected based on academic achievements, as well as financial need. They also had to be students attending The UWI for the first time.

“Although it was an arduous process, as we had to manually go through the entire applicant pool of approximately 3,000, it was worth every effort. These three students and their previous academic successes were the highest, by far. All of us in the Open Campus Registry and in the greater Open Campus family, are very proud of these students and of their achievement,” she said.

In this 2009-2010 academic year, the AFUWI has provided J$3.6m towards scholarships for UWI students to help cover tuition and book costs. The money represents proceeds from the AFUWI Legacy Awards 2009 Gala, the organisation's premier fund-raising event which is hosted in New York each January.

To find out more, please contact Ms. Suzette Wolfe, Marketing & Communications Open Campus, at 876-927-1201 or or visit

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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, 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.