The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) has provided USD40,000 towards scholarships at the University of the West Indies (UWI), for the coming academic year. The money represents proceeds from the AFUWI Legacy Awards 2009 Gala, the organization’s premier fund-raising event which is hosted in New York each January.
AFUWI, a non profit Foundation, which over the past decade has provided scholarships and grants and funded special projects to foster the development of The UWI, has since 1998, recognized individuals and organizations “linked to the Caribbean who have made exceptional contributions to the world around them.”
Mr. Michael Flanigan, AFUWI Chairman, presented the scholarship cheque on behalf of AFUWI to UWI Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nigel Harris on May 01,2009
Noting that each year, hundreds of worthy applicants apply for scholarships at the UWI, Prof. Harris praised the AFUWI for “widening the window of opportunity for many deserving scholars.” Prof. Harris said that it was with the cooperation of organizations like AFUWI and generous corporate donors that the UWI can ensure those in challenging circumstances get a tertiary education.
Mr. Flanigan noted that the AFUWI has regularly facilitated donations and scholarships from individuals and corporations overseas for the UWI and its students, and last year presented 30 scholarships valued at over USD 130,000 to individual UWI students for tuition and books.
The AFUWI, he said, “is committed to the development of the Caribbean region and sees the University of the West Indies as central to achieving this.”
Michael Flanigan (2nd left), Chairman, American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) presents the organization’s cheque of J$3.6M to University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Principal, Prof. Gordon Shirley, while UWI Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nigel Harris (left) and Chief Financial Officer, Winston Bayley (right) look on. The AFUWI cheque will fund scholarships to the UWI in the new academic year.
For more information, contact:
Ann-Marie Grant - AnnmarieGrant@afuwi.org
Tel: 212 759 9345
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