Donors lauded at Student Awards ceremony


THE Philantrophic efforts from various entities and individuals continue to give students who are striving for excellence at the University of West Indies a much needed financial boost.
On Tuesday night, those contributions were highlighted by Register Kenneth Walters as he delivered the Chairman’s speech on behalf of Chairman of the Campus Council Sir Paul Altman, who was unable to attended the annual Student Awards ceremony which was held in the Roy Marshall Teaching complex.
The registrar noted that this year, four new undergraduate awards were added to this year’s ceremony. These include: The Cave Hill Campus IT Services Award, the Enterprise Growth Fund Limited Scholarship, The Barbados Association of Bermuda Scholarship and the Ermine Holmes Memorial Scholarship.
Notwithstanding, the banking sector continues to lead the way in donations with CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Ltd, donating 15 undergraduate scholarships worth $75 000. Scotia Bank Barbados Ltd, Scotia Bank Grenada, RBC Royal Bank and the Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Ltd, were also highlighted for their generous contributions in the form of scholarships.
Unicomer (Barbados) Ltd, was thanked for its fifty Courts “Dare to Dream” Scholarships to Barbadian undergraduate students, valued at $150 000. 
Walters explained that the UWI remains the largest single donor of scholarships, providing 11 with a total value of approximately $400 000. The Barbados Association of Retired Persons was also recognised for its post graduate scholarship valued at $5 000.
Manager of the Student’s Cafeteria Angela Buckmire was described as an unsung hero, providing free meals to students for almost a decade. It was revealed that last academic year, the cafeteria manager assisted three students with meals valued at approximately $3 500 for that year and paid a year’s fees for another student valued at $6 942.
The registrar thanked all donors for their contribution, saying they are considered stakeholders and partners of the campus. “We value each and every one of you. You are crucial to the continued survival of the University of the West Indies as the premier 
institution of higher learning in the region,” he said. (JH)

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