The 2017 UWI Open Scholarship

The UWI Open Scholarship is one of the ways that The University of the West Indies seeks to attract and reward high achievers among the region’s high school students, community and state college graduates and first-year UWI students.

My first attempt at garnering a UWI scholarship was unsuccessful. This was the impetus for me to aspire to pristine credentials during my first year, in the hope of changing my fate. When I saw a Jamaican number appear on my cellphone screen, I was slightly bewildered. The voice at the other end asked a few questions before telling me I was shortlisted for the scholarship. I was both excited and unnerved – it felt like it was within reach, but still not reasonably assured. I only told my parents, in case I was unsuccessful, and continued to pray and keep my cellphone at my side. The following day, I received another call soliciting more information and was told to be on the lookout for an email. I cannot describe the elation I felt when I saw the words “Congratulations! You have been awarded a UWI Open Scholarship”. I am eternally indebted to UWI, and you can be too. All it takes is dedication, focus and not letting an unfavourable result deter you. As the saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”.

Nadia Browne, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

I am currently studying Geography, Geology and Physics where my major is in Geography. Being an UWI Open Scholar means the world to me. My heart filled with joy when I received the call that I was being awarded the scholarship. It reinforces in my head that out of all the brilliant and creative minds here at UWI, I stood out from the rest, that I was worthy of this scholarship. The joy on my mother’s face when I told her about getting the scholarship is indescribable. 

Rajne Reynolds, Faculty of Science and Technology, Mona, Jamaica 

University without financial worries! This is what the UWI Open Scholarship means to me. Coming from a community laced with impecuniosity, I have always been determined to make a difference in order to alleviate suffering. This desire equates to becoming a medical doctor, where I will provide healthcare and be financially equipped to assist in other methods aimed at the amelioration of life. The UWI Open Scholarship will be pivotal in transforming this dream into a reality. I will ETERNALLY be grateful for this opportunity that even enables me to become a first generation university student.

--Amelia Dunkley, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona, Jamaica 

“Great success is a result of overcoming great challenges.” These are the words which I live by and that have aided me in earning an Open Scholarship at the University of the West Indies. Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Technology at the St. Augustine UWI campus is as difficult as it sounds. However, hard-work, consistency and faith enabled me to achieve this great reward. Becoming a UWI Open Scholar has benefited me in infinite ways, but undoubtedly, it has removed the bulk of my financial burdens and motivates me to chase greater success.

-- Curtis Collins, Faculty of Science and Technology, St. Augustine, Trinidad

I’m currently in the Social Sciences faculty, pursuing a Bsc in Management Studies (Financial Management) at the Open Campus. I chose to further my education with UWI because I believe the university offers the fundamentals young individuals such as myself need towards successful career path. Being an open campus scholar has allowed me to further my education and to persevere while balancing work, school, family, and social life. It is challenging at times but it would be worth it in the end. I am grateful to be an awardee of this scholarship as I strive to excel in all my courses while making my family and myself proud.

-- Charice Williams, BSc. Management Studies (Financial Management), UWI Open Campus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Site

It is my greatest honour to be a UWI Open Scholar. Reflecting on the years prior, I never envisioned myself standing where I am now. To have come this far, makes me very proud of myself. For small is the gateway to our dreams, narrow is the path that brings it forth and few there be that find it. Realising my dream required great sacrifice, faith, determination and discipline but I could not have done it without help of the UWI. Thank you so much UWI for making my dream a reality.

-- Daniel D. Raphael, Faculty of Science and Technology, Mona, Jamaica

When I received the e-mail stating that I was offered a UWI Open Scholarship I was ecstatic. It helped reaffirm that my decision to study in the Faculty of Law at the Cave Hill campus was the right one. This scholarship means a great deal as it is both a reward for the hard work put in over many years as well as a morale booster, further motivating me to continue to strive for excellence, with God remaining at the centre. The scholarship also offers tremendous financial assistance which will be extremely beneficial to me, and by extension, my family. 

-- Kai Bridgewater, Faculty of Law, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

Words cannot explain the excitement and gratitude I experienced when I read the letter notifying me of my UWI Open Scholarship award. The dedication to my studies, extra-curricular activities and trust in God had paid off. This scholarship facilitates my dream of becoming a Chartered Accountant. My name is Dayandria Clarke, an Accounting major in the faculty of Social Sciences on Mona Campus. This award encourages me to continue excelling, aiming, pursuing and achieving. I now believe that it is possible to reach for the stars while inspiring others to do the same. THANK YOU for believing in me.

-- Dayandra Clarke, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mona Campus, Jamaica

Being a UWI Open Scholar means that my capability of greatness has been acknowledged. It has relieved me somewhat of the financial restraints of gaining a good education. I am now able to enjoy my university life and engage in activities in which I believe can be beneficial to my long- term career, sport and personal goals. It is a great honor to be a UWI Open Scholar. 

-- Daneka Headley, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cave Hill, Barbados

What does the Open Scholarship cover?

The UWI Open Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, residence costs (on/off campus) and contributions to books and meals.

Note: Nationals of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago will only receive support for maintenance costs. Maintenance costs will be linked to costs listed in the relevant campus Financial Information Booklets. This information is available on each campus website.

Who should apply for a UWI Open Scholarship?

You should if you:

  • Are a citizen of one of UWI’s Contributing Countries (Proof of citizenship will be required)

    The UWI Contributing Countries are:

    • Anguilla
    • Antigua & Barbuda
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Bermuda
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Cayman Islands
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Jamaica
    • Montserrat
    • St. Kitts & Nevis
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
    • Trinidad & Tobago
    • Turks & Caicos
  • Are a first time applicant to an undergraduate degree programme offered at any of the four campuses of the University (Applicants must not be holders of a degree.) 
  • Have gained at least 5 subjects at the CSEC level including Mathematics and English A with Grades 1 or 2; at least 6 Units of CAPE including Communication Studies and Caribbean Studies, at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) Units l and/or ll; or equivalent at GCE O / A Levels with grades 1 or 2.
  • Have completed an associate degree from a community or state college with a minimum GPA of 3.6 and have applied to or are in the process of applying to UWI.
  • Have completed the first year of a UWI undergraduate degree programme with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6

How do I Apply?

You can only apply online.

Applicants must complete a 500 word personal essay outlining career aspirations, reason for choice of degree programme, community involvement and co-curricular activities.

Applicants will be required to submit the following: 

  • Evidence of leadership positions at school, university and/or within the wider community; community involvement; and co-curricular activities.
  • Two (2) letters of reference – one of which must come from an academic referee attesting to the applicant’s academic ability and potential, demonstrated leadership qualities, and character. (Referees must have known the applicant for at least two years. All referees must affix the official stamp of their office/department/organization).

Note: It is the responsibility of the applicants to ensure that letters of reference are received in sealed envelopes and submitted with the other supporting documents by April 28, 2017
to the Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies.

When is the Application Deadline?

The deadline date for UWI Open Scholarship Application is April 28, 2017 and as such, the completed electronic application form MUST be submitted. ALL supporting documents MUST also be submitted by this date.

These supporting documents must be clearly marked: UWI OPEN SCHOLARSHIP and sent / delivered to:

The Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies
The University of the West Indies
The Regional Headquarters
Hermitage Road, Mona, Kingston 7


For more information on the UWI Open Scholarships please contact:

The Office of the Board of Undergraduate Studies
Telephone: (876) 977-7916 or (876) 970-0244