The 2016 UWI Open Scholarship

Applications Closed

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.

When I first received the call that I was provisionally being offered the UWI Open Scholarship, I was in awe, humbled and in disbelief that I was considered despite the hundreds of applicants. However, I was anxious because I did not finish an exam. Fortunately, I became a recipient of the scholarship. It is a remarkable feeling for me to work assiduously and to have reaped my reward. It seems so surreal. Therefore, I would advise anybody to work hard despite the financial situation and dream, as preparation meets opportunity. Thank you UWI for this amazing opportunity.

– Omolara Asunmo, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona Campus, Jamaica

When I got the news that I received the UWI Open Scholarship, I thought of Carl Gauss, who was arguably the best mathematician of western history. After showing his talent at a young age, the Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel sponsored his further education in 1788. Like Gauss, I get to taste the fruits of higher education and I do what I love: Mathematics. An opportunity to follow my passion is what the Open Scholarship means to me, and I am excited about it. Additionally, I have learnt an important lesson: have faith. If I had not received the Open Scholarship at my second time, I would have applied a third time. I am thankful for the help of many good people in applying

– Isaac Alfred, Faculty of Science & Technology, Mona Campus, Jamaica

I am studying for my Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Studies (Accounts) in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Mona. I feel bless to have been awarded an Open Scholarship. It feels good to continue to work hard without worry about my tuition. Coming from a poor background, I really wanted to obtain my degree so that I can assist my family in the future. The Open Scholarship is a great aspect of realizing that dream. With this, I thank God and the O.B.U.S for helping me to realise and fulfill my dreams.

– Nickesha Henry, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mona Campus, Jamaica

I was extremely delighted to know that I had been selected as a UWI Open Scholar. As a first year student pursuing a Bachelor's of Medicine and Surgery degree in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at UWI, Mona, I am truly grateful for the financial support that I will be receiving throughout the duration of my programme. I have always been a hard worker and it is heartening to know that my achievements are now being recognised by the premier educational institution of the Caribbean region.

– Julear Hobson, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona Campus, Jamaica

I am currently a student at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in the faculty of Medical Sciences where I am enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme. Being one of the 2014/2015 recipients of the prestigious UWI Open Scholarship is truly a blessing. It has provided me with a remarkable opportunity to fulfil my dream and emphasises the importance of commitment and dedication. This scholarship marks the beginning of my journey to becoming a phenomenal paediatric neurosurgeon and has motivated me to continue giving my best, knowing that ‘God+ hard work= success’.

– Li-Shann A. Paul, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona Campus, Jamaica

I feel a sense of deep gratitude at being the recipient of the prestigious UWI Open Scholarship. This award has aided me in pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, propelling me towards the fulfillment of my lifelong dream. It has greatly lessened the financial impact my small-budget family would experience to ensure I received my tertiary education. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to receive this award as it shows that hard work pays off. I feel honored to be a UWI Open Scholar and I thank the Office of the Board of Undergraduate Studies for considering my application.

– Jonathan K. Alleyne, The Faculty of Engineering, St. Augustine, Trinidad

As the proud recipient of the UWI Open Scholarship, it is my responsibility to uphold the excellent image of the university, to do all that is necessary to maintain the high standards that the university is known for. As an aspiring cardiothoracic surgeon, I am studying Biochemistry in the faculty of Science and Technology at the Cave Hill Campus. The University of the West Indies is a prestigious university, and therefore to be a UWI Open Scholar means to strive for only excellence. I also embrace the opportunity to demonstrate even while studying, my willingness to serve

–Nelissa Thomas, The Faculty of Science & Technology, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

My name is Dominique Lovell and I am a Barbadian student pursuing a BSc in Social Work (Special) at the Cave Hill campus. I thank God that I was afforded to be one of the few that were selected in such a competitive process. I believe that UWI with its four campuses is a remarkable institution which we in the Caribbean can claim as our own and be provided with a sound education. Resultantly, being a recipient of the UW Open Scholarship is a great privilege because it has given me an opportunity to showcase the excellence of the University, and it has provided a means to maximize my potential as I strive to become an agent of change and innovation in my island and in the region.

– Dominique Lovell, The Faculty of Social Sciences, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

My name is Zia Barnard and I am a 2014 UWI Open scholar. I am currently pursuing a three-year Bachelor degree programme in Biology in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the St Augustine Campus. My goal is to become a biomedical scientist to spearhead research on infectious diseases. This scholarship, for which I am very grateful, will help me to achieve my goal, develop my skills and share my talents. A UWI Open Scholar exemplifies someone who has the privilege of obtaining a strong educational and cultural experience and can further contribute to the development of the Caribbean.

–Zia Barnard, Faculty of Science & Technology, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad

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 May 16, 2016
to the Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies.

When is the Application Deadline?

The deadline date for UWI Open Scholarship Application is May 16, 2016 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