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Independence scholarships

Five students of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill campus have received scholarships in recognition of Barbados’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.

The scholarship winners with university officials, family members and some of the scholarship donors.

The scholarship winners with university officials, family members and some of the scholarship donors.

Kimberly Benjamin, Sherry-Anne Felix, Jennifer Hinds, Keturah Murray and Shernell Gittens received their awards today for their stellar academic record and outstanding commitment to public service, including volunteerism, and their involvement in extracurricular activities to improve communities and the nation.

Graduate student Shernell Gittens receiving her award from UWI Cave Hill principal Professor Eudine Barriteau.

Graduate student Shernell Gittens receiving her award from UWI Cave Hill principal Professor Eudine Barriteau.

Kimberley Benjamin receiving her award from Dr David Berry Dean of Law, UWI. 

Kimberley Benjamin receiving her award from Dr David Berry Dean of Law, UWI. 

Principal Professor Eudine Barriteau congratulated the students on their achievement.

“The award of these graduate and undergraduate scholarships embodies the fulfillment of a pledge which I made earlier this year when the Cave Hill campus officially launched its year-long programme of activities to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Barbados’ Independence. These scholarships were proposed as a critical component among a suite of campus-wide initiatives to mark Barbados’ Golden Jubilee,” she said.

“The Golden Jubilee offered us a superb opportunity to replenish Barbados’ human resource capital by investing in you, by providing you with opportunities to earn your degrees and acquire values that would last a life time,” Professor Barriteau told the students.

The principal noted that amid the Independence celebrations, the campus was very aware there were students experiencing hardship.

“We must do our best for hardworking and needy students. Students are at the core of our operations at Cave Hill. That is why we gave our solemn promise to award these full UWI Cave Hill scholarships,” she told those gathered.

“I must acknowledge the generosity of our donor community, including many magnanimous individuals who insisted on remaining anonymous. Their magnificent gestures enable us to fulfill our promise, and to them we are deeply indebted.”

Barriteau said the awards were also a clear demonstration that the Cave Hill campus would always invest in the citizens of Barbados by guaranteeing their access to education for personal and national advancement.

“In the past 53 years, the Cave Hill campus has benefitted significantly from public funding, which enabled the campus to contribute Barbados and region’s progress. Barbados has given to Cave Hill and Cave Hill continues to give back. In this instance, we are giving to Barbadian citizens and we are very pleased to do so,” the principal said.

She reminded the students that the campus was about the students first and told those gathered that the university always instilled in students the importance of giving back.

“This university, this campus, is first and foremost about students . . . Today’s awards exemplify the type of student centeredness that is at the heart of our planning and implementation. And just as we are investing in you today, we fully expect you to continue to give back to your society, country and region. Do not worry, you will always benefit in the process,” Barriteau reminded them. 

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