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UWI FOUNDATION LAUNCHES $1-A-Day PROGRAM TO AID STUDENTS

UWI FOUNDATION LAUNCHES $1-A-Day PROGRAM TO AID STUDENTS

UWI Foundation Launches $1-A-Day Program to Aid Students

Yet another major initiative to aid students attending the University of the West Indies (UWI), was launched at the offices of the Jamaican Consulate, in New York City on Thursday, March 22, 2012.
The New York City –based American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) r

UWI Foundation Launches $1-A-Day Program to Aid Students

Yet another major initiative to aid students attending the University of the West Indies (UWI), was launched at the offices of the Jamaican Consulate, in New York City on Thursday, March 22, 2012.
The New York City –based American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) rolled out its newest initiative, asking the Caribbean Diaspora to Adopt A Student by contributing to US$1-A-day drive – for a pool based scholarship fund.

President/CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill and Partnership Board Chair of AFUWI, Lowell Hawthorne, in outlining the program to a near capacity audience asked for the support of the global community.

“It takes a global village to raise a child. To this end, my vision is that this Adopt-A-Student program will draw support from every part of the globe. We are asking each and every one of you to join us in this drive to mobilize thousands of Americans by putting aside just four quarters per day to positively impact the future.”

Noting the immense impact that an educated work force can have on civil society, Mr. Hawthorne challenged the community to assume some responsibility and become part of the solution.

“The University of the West Indies is in the forefront of educating our youngsters and equipping then to play a pivotal role in the changing world. To do so, this institution (UWI) must get all the support it can,” he said before handing over his contribution in the amount of $365.

When fully realized, the program is expected to impact the worrying and growing trend of students who have to drop out of college because of a lack of funding and scholarship.
The Adopt-A-Student/$1-a-day fundraiser is one of the activities which the Foundation will be holding to intensify focus on its mission, in response to the dire need for financial aid for an increasing number of students attending the University.

Executive Director of AFUWI, Ann-Marie Grant said that the Foundation has already identified one hundred students who have achieved tremendous success in high school, and who are waiting to be admitted to the University and a chance at a tertiary level education. With the average cost of tuition being US3000 per academic year, the target is to raise $300,000 over a 13 month period. The drive will be launched in other cities in the USA like Miami, Atlanta and Washington DC later this year.

Other speakers at the launch event included Sharon Burrell-Green, Deputy Consul General; Vice Chancellor-UWI, Professor Nigel Harris and AFUWI Chair, Wesley Wainwright, who served as the Master of Ceremonies. For more information about the program visit the AFUWI website @ www.afuwi.org or call their offices 212-759-9345

Read more http://www.afuwievents.org/afuwi/2012/03/29/uwi-foundation-launches-1-a-day-program-to-aid-students/

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