UWI Rhodes Scholars

UWI GRADUATES WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE PRESTIGIOUS RHODES SCHOLARSHIP

Cecil John Rhodes was a British diamond magnate and imperialist. Rhodes' life is part of the history of Southern Africa. The colony of Rhodesia took his name and is today known as the independent state of Zimbabwe. Rhodes name is now remembered principally because of his foundation of the Rhodes Scholarships. He left the greater part of his substantial fortune to establish this scheme in his will.

Candidates for Rhodes Scholarships are selected on the basis of "qualities of character" as well as of intellect. Rhodes' aim was to provide future leaders of the English-speaking world with an education which would broaden their views and develop their abilities. He chose to endow these scholarships at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, because he believed that its residential colleges provided an environment specially conducive to pesonal development.

Rhodes hoped that those who benefited from his scholarships would go on to improve the lot of mankind, and work towards maintaining peace between nations.

The Rhodes Scholarship is given based on:

  • Literary and scholastic attainments
  • Energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness and success in sports
  • Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  • Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings

Two Rhodes Scholarships are offered to Caribbean nationals each year; one specifically for Jamaicans and one that is open to the entire Caribbean (Jamaica included).

We salute with “Pelican Pride” the following UWI Graduates who have received Rhodes Scholarships:

Yearsort descending Graduate Scholarship
1 1953 Donald Bogle

Jamaica

2 1955 Everard St. Aubyn Nelson

Jamaica

3 1957 Prof. Ralston Milton Nettleford (Rex)

Jamaica

4 1958 Prof. The Hon. Mervyn Eustace Morris

Jamaica

5 1960 Arthur Ralph Carnegie

Jamaica

6 1961 Henry Vernon Wong

Jamaica

7 1962 Eric Anthony Abrahams

Jamaica

8 1962 Robert Victor Ogilvie

British Caribbean

9 1963 Hon. Roderick George Rainford

Jamaica

10 1964 Ernest Milton Hew

Jamaica

11 1965 Habiboola Ameerally Niamatali

British Caribbean

12 1965 Richard Dougles Fletcher

Jamaica

13 1966 Prof. Trevor St. George Munroe

Jamaica

14 1967 Franklin Arthur Joseph Johnston

Jamaica

15 1968 Rev. Ronald George Thwaites

Jamaica

16 1968 William Richard Henson Jacobs

British Caribbean

17 1969 Franklyn Grenfel Prendergast

Jamaica

18 1970 George Hylton Alexander

Jamaica

19 1971 Geoffrey Boyce Frankson

British Caribbean

20 1971 Rudolph Newton Smellie

Jamaica

21 1972 Peter Christopher Hanley

Jamaica

22 1973 Hon Mr. Delroy Hawmin Chuck

Jamaica

23 1974 Dr. Dr. Michael Anthony Abrahams

Jamaica

24 1974 Charles Edward Percival Haynes

British Caribbean

25 1975 Justice The Hon. Cecil Dennis Harrington Morrison

Jamaica

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