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Frequently Asked Questions

UWI Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) Scholarships

Who can apply for the scholarships offered by UWIDEF?

Any student attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus can apply for scholarships brokered by UWIDEF.  Scholarships will vary by the area and level (undergraduate or postgraduate) of study supported, value and conditions and terms.  The UWIDEF Undergraduate Scholarships are available to all undergraduate students attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus.

What are the criteria for the scholarships available through UWIDEF?

Each scholarship offered through UWIDEF has specific criteria. Applicants should carefully examine the requirements detailed for each scholarship.

Where can I apply for the scholarships offered by UWIDEF?

Unless otherwise stated, applications must be made through the Office of Student Financing (OSF) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus.  The contact information is:

The University of the West Indies Campus Mona, Jamaica
Phone: (876) 935-8315
Email: stufinc@uwimona.edu.jm
Website: http://myspot.mona.uwi.edu/osf/

The application form, found on their website, must be downloaded, completed and then delivered to the Office on campus.

I am a student at another UWI Campus; can I apply for the scholarships offered by UWIDEF Mona?

UWIDEF Mona’s mandate is specific to the UWI Mona campus.  Only students who attend the UWI Mona can apply for scholarships offered by UWIDEF Mona.  Please note students at UWI Mona Open Campus may apply.

I am a postgraduate student; do you offer scholarships for me?

The majority of scholarships brokered by UWIDEF are for undergraduate students. Awards however, may become available for postgraduate students from year to year.  We therefore encourage all students to check our listing of scholarships which are advertised for the year in which they will be awarded.

If I volunteer my services at UWIDEF, will I be guaranteed a scholarship?

Volunteering with UWIDEF does not guarantee students a scholarship from UWIDEF. Scholarships are awarded based on their stated criteria.  All scholarships offered by UWIDEF are independently administered through the Office of Students Financing based on guidelines and criteria developed with the donor for each award.

Can non-Jamaican nationals apply for the scholarships offered at UWIDEF?

All scholarships have varied criteria. Some may specify Jamaican nationals and others may be open.  Applicants should carefully examine the requirements detailed for each scholarship.

Where can I find details about the scholarships offered by UWIDEF?

Details about the UWIDEF scholarships can be found on our website http://www.uwifundmona.org.jm/ or you can call us at (876)977-6757-8.

How can I apply for these scholarships offered by UWIDEF?

All UWIDEF scholarships are administered through the Office of Student Financing. The application form, found on their website, must be downloaded, completed and then delivered to the Office on campus. Please contact the UWI Office of Student Financing for more information on the scholarships and bursaries at (876) 935-8315 or email them at stufinc@uwimona.edu.jm . You may also visit their website at http://myspot.mona.uwi.edu/osf/.

You may also visit the UWIDEFOffice at 16 Gibraltar Camp Way, Mona, Kingston; call us at (876) 977-6757-8 or email us at uwifund@uwimona.edu.jm.

I just heard about the scholarship but the deadline has passed; can I still apply?

Annually over 6,000 scholarship applications are received and in order to process each effectively the Office of Student Financing sets a deadline. Unfortunately you cannot apply after the deadline. 

How is UWIDEF involved in these scholarship offerings?

UWIDEF is the main fundraising arm of the university and brokers funding through donations, planned giving ad capital campaigns for the benefit of the Mona campus.   Scholarships are a priority within UWIDEF’s mandate and efforts are made to broker awards each year to support students.  UWIDEF has successfully collaborated with the UWI Mona Office of Student Financing (OSF) to consistently award scholarships brokered by UWIDEF since 1990. 

Are scholarships available for first year students?

Yes, some scholarships are available for 1st year students. However, each scholarship has its own criteria and will specify what year the student must be in to be eligible for the award. Please therefore refer to the guidelines and criteria for the specific scholarship in which you have an interest. 

I received a scholarship, but have to defer for a year, will I be able to receive this scholarship when I return?

Situations such as this are reviewed on a case by case basis due to the number of factors that might result in a student’s need to defer their programme of study.

Are there special conditions or bonding requirements attached to these scholarships?

Some scholarships may have special conditions included based on the request of the grantor. Examples of these conditions include volunteer service, internship opportunities and first right of employment after completion of the course of study.  Please therefore refer to the guidelines and criteria for the specific scholarship in which you have an interest.

I have received other grants and bursaries can I still receive a scholarship, grant or bursary from UWIDEF?

Each scholarship has its own criteria and will specify, based on the value of the award, whether the grant or bursary from UWIDEF can be coupled with others.

I have applied for a student loan from the Student’s Loan Bureau, am I still eligible for a scholarship offered by UWIDEF?

Based on the criteria of the specific scholarship from UWIDEF it will explain whether the grant or bursary from UWIDEF can be coupled with a student loan.

I attend another University in Jamaica can I apply for the scholarships offered by UWIDEF?

All UWIDEF scholarships are for students attending the University of the West Indies Mona Campus.

I would like to establish a scholarship for students at the UWI Mona campus, how do I go about doing this?

Starting a scholarship fund with the UWI Development and Endowment Fund is easy!

The grantor (person/company/family/association/group making the donation) indicates their interest and specifies some guidelines for the scholarship. This will include area of study, tenure, value and criteria for the award, special condition etc.  UWIDEF will draft an agreement specific to the scholarship offering and once this is signed by all parties involved and the funds transferred to our management the scholarship would become open and available for the upcoming academic year.