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Applications invited for the UWI 2011 Open Scholarships

For Release Upon Receipt - December 8, 2010


The University of the West Indies (UWI) is inviting applications for the prestigious UWI 2011 Open Scholarships. Each year the University awards scholarships to top performing students across the region to pursue undergraduate degrees at the regional institution. The UWI Open Scholarships will cover tuition, residence costs, both on and off campus, and contributions to books and meals.

Pro Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies at the University, Professor Alvin Wint said, “The Open Scholarships programme is one of the ways that UWI is attracting and rewarding high achievers among the region’s students. The scholarships are particularly attractive to students from our contributing countries where, unlike Barbados and Trinidad, tertiary tuition is not government subsidised. We are very happy to offer the Open Scholarships in these financially trying times.”

For the academic year 2010/2011, 41 students were awarded UWI Open Scholarships valued at US$ 1.1 million.

Eligible persons are high school or state college graduates who are first-time applicants 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 and all applicants must be citizens of one of UWI’s contributing countries. In keeping with international best practices, the application process, which is in its second year as a completely online procedure, will require students to complete a 500-word personal essay outlining career aspirations and reasons for choice of degree programme at UWI.  Applicants must also provide evidence of community involvement and co-curricular activities. All applications for the UWI 2011 Open Scholarships must be submitted at by January 31, 2011.


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


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UWI Contributing Countries


Antigua & Barbuda





British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands





St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Trinidad & Tobago

Turks & Caicos


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 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.


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