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11 T&T students get a share of US $1.1 million awarded in UWI Open Scholarships

For Release Upon Receipt - September 28, 2010

St. Augustine

In an announcement by The University of the West Indies (UWI) Board for Undergraduate Studies, eleven students from Trinidad & Tobago are among the 41 beneficiaries of prestigious UWI Open Scholarships awarded to new undergraduate students for the academic year 2010/2011.

The T&T Open Scholars are Ananya Annamunthodo, Celene Boodoo, Rebecca Cave, Allyson Harricharan, Victoria Lametrie, Nigel Mitchell, Aaronica Patterson, Paetra Rambaran, Aditi Sirinath, Lynda Sirju and Zoe Pierre. Six are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering, two in Medical Sciences and Science & Agriculture respectively, and one in Humanities & Education.

The 11 T&T nationals share the spotlight with counterparts from Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and The Bahamas, who were selected from approximately 900 applicants from across UWI’s 15 Caribbean member countries.

In making the announcement, Pro Vice Chancellor and Chair of the Board for Undergraduate Studies, Professor Alvin Wint said “It is a proud occasion at The University of the West Indies. We believe that our investment in each Open Scholar will make a difference and help us secure our region’s future.”

The net value of this year’s Open Scholarship awards is approximately US $1.1 million. The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition (where applicable), living expenses, books and incidentals and will be renewed based on the scholar’s maintenance of a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout their course of study.  The UWI Open Scholarships are awarded annually to Caribbean nationals on the basis of high academic achievement at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) or equivalent examinations, demonstrated leadership in co-curricular activities and/or community service.  

The T&T Open scholars were among the cohort of thousands to be welcomed by UWI Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris and addressed by Prime Minister, The Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar at last Thursday’s Matriculation ceremony, held at the St. Augustine campus.


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 & 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.