I am a graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Class of 2013, where I was enrolled in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, Media and Communication. I was awarded The UWI Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) Scholarship. As a commuting student traversing from St. Mary daily, this scholarship was quite impactful as it provided tremendous assistance for myself and by extension my parents in offsetting the costs associated with transportation. Also, it provided some amount of cushioning that eased the burden of covering my tuition in its entirety. The scholarship also made it possible for me to purchase a much-needed laptop which played a central and integral role in me completing my studies and graduating from UWI.
MONIQUE DAVIDSON
I am a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Class of 2016, where I was enrolled in the Faculty of Science and Technology and pursued a B.Sc. in Food Chemistry and minored in General Chemistry. During my third and final years at the University, I was awarded The University of the West Indies Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) Scholarship because of my academic performance and my passion for volunteerism.

This award allowed me to alleviate my mind from the financial challenges I was experiencing, so that I could refocus my attention on my studies and as such worked harder to achieve my goal of obtaining First-Class Honours. It also permitted me to be appreciative of hard work through volunteerism and enabled me to develop my leadership skills through the various tasks and projects given to me as an awardee.
DESIREE BROWN
It is without doubt that I was able to complete my Undergraduate Degree because of the UWI Development & Endowment Fund. I was fortunate to have my first two years at UWI funded by my parents, personal savings, and wherever my extended family could chip in. However, it was clear that my last year was going to be a major hurdle. After ensuring I got my scholarship application in on time (the previous year was late) and following-up with the staff (I would like to believe my "winning smile" and "desperate eyes" helped) I became a UWIDEF scholarship recipient, enabling me to pay my tuition on time. That year, I became the 2017 Class Valedictorian with a BSc. in Anthropology with a minor in Literature in English.

I would implore any student preparing to study or currently enrolled to get involved! Whether be a club, sport or society, join TODAY. It is so important, not simply for the benefits of receiving a scholarship, but more so for your personal and professional development. My involvement in the Performing Arts and my time at the Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Performing Arts is why I am currently doing an MA in Filmmaking: Directing Fiction at Goldsmiths University in London. The UWIDEF team has encouraged me throughout the years and are still motivating me to this day. So, Thank You UWIDEF and to the next recipient - Welcome to the Alumni. This award allowed me to alleviate my mind from the financial challenges I was experiencing, so that I could refocus my attention on my studies and as such worked harder to achieve my goal of obtaining First-Class Honours. It also permitted me to be appreciative of hard work through volunteerism and enabled me to develop my leadership skills through the various tasks and projects given to me as an awardee.
Kaleb D'Aguilar
UWI, Faculty of Social Sciences, 2014 - 2017
Kimberley Foster cried quietly as she recounted her journey. Gracious, determined and humble, this 28-year-old Spaulding’s native, married with one child, says the challenges she has overcome have taught her lessons of gratitude, patience and balance. Kimberley vividly recalls her father telling her to pack her things because he was taking her to UWI. Knowing that there was no money to make this happen, Kimberley was taken aback, but did as he asked. This ended in her relocating to Kingston without any concrete plans of affording tuition. She started university on a payment plan and persistent prayers. “Even while on this payment plan, my family really could not afford to meet the deadlines. This resulted in me being barred from my final exams in first year and ending up with a transcript of FAs (Failed Absent) and a warning letter. UWI Development & Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) July 2020 16 Despite the odds, I still did not quit.” While in her second year, she learned of the many scholarship opportunities available through the Office of Student Financing (OSF). She worked hard to improve her GPA, participated in cocurricular activities and applied for all the scholarships for which she was qualified and prayed. Fast forward to her final year in undergrad: “I was awarded a UWIDEF undergraduate scholarship which covered my entire tuition for that year.

This scholarship significantly eased the financial burden off my family and made an invaluable contribution toward my education by significantly transforming my university experience. Through this opportunity, I was able to seamlessly complete my studies and even graduate with a First Class Honors degree. It also set the foundation for propelling me into Graduate school to pursue my dream of becoming a Cancer Researcher, using science to solve world health problems.”

More comfortable in a laboratory than with people, Kimberley channelled her familial experience with cancer into a final year research project (the reliance on medicinal plants by cancer patients in Jamaica), which was later published in the International Cancer Causes and Control Journal. She plans to write another paper on the use of soursop in treating cancer.

Her life goal is to find alternative pain free cancer treatment(s) to extend the lives and quality of life of patients. Her current sojourn at Natural Products Institute is a ‘perfect fit’ as the Institute’s focus is ‘to unearth the full potential of natural products for the welfare of the country and the region’. As a believer in paying it forward, after her first year in Graduate school, Kimberley was awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and also embraced the opportunity to mentor and guide undergraduate students through the STEP (Second year Transformational Experience Programme). This programme allowed her to directly lend support and guidance to undergraduate students who are in a similar position to the one she was in before. She also used this medium to encourage the students in her mentorship group to work hard, get involved in cocurricular activities and apply for the scholarships that are available to help them excel.

Kimberley intends to continue her research, publish more papers and play her part in preserving the rich oral history and traditional medicinal customs of Jamaica.

Her parting words: “I want to sincerely thank the donors of UWIDEF and encourage them to continue supporting the organization as there are a lot of needy students on the campus whose lives will be significantly impacted by their kind support and contribution to sustaining the work of the distinguished and committed UWIDEF team.”
KIMBERLEY FOSTER
PhD candidate
“Be motivated by the fear of being average and the possibility of being the best,” is my philosophy. This statement epitomizes my attitude to all I have and hope to achieve.

I am Judana Murphy, the proud recipient of the Nationwide News Network Scholarship for Journalism or the 2018-2019 Academic Year. I completed the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism programme with a minor in English Language, Writing and Speech. During my tenure at the UWI, I have been on the Dean’s Honour Roll for the Faculty of Humanities and Education for six consecutive semesters. My Grade Point Average (GPA) currently stands at 3.92, which means that later this year I will graduate with a First-Class Honours degree.

I consider receiving this scholarship as one of the biggest accomplishments of my university life for two main reasons:

It fuelled my goal of completing my degree in Journalism. It reminded me that challenges, whether financial or otherwise, do not mean that you stop working hard. The degree programme required that I complete a mandatory internship and as the recipient of this scholarship I had the privilege to do what I call a bonus internship. My time at Nationwide News Network provided me with a wealth of knowledge.

I have been exposed to radio production, a skill that was not fully explored while at the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC). For the remainder of this internship, I will continue to apply the same diligence as I have, to produce quality journalistic work.

My deepest gratitude to the donor(s) of this scholarship for your generosity and support.
JUDANA MURPHY
I am Swayne James an incoming third year at the University of the West Indies pursing a BSc in Information Technology. Being awarded the University of the West Indies Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) Scholarship was a highlight of my second year, gained through academic performance, participation in co-curricular activities and my love for volunteerism. The UWIDEF team showed me that with passion and purpose anything is possible.

This experience was one to remember as it gave me time not only to focus on my studies and to grow as a person but a great mentor that I could call on during any situation and expect stellar advice. By the end of my first semester I was awarded with the NCB best second year information technology student award and developed personal skills through volunteerism that will last a lifetime. Although the second semester was filled with global challenges, the appreciation developed for hard work and drive during my activities as an awardee allowed me to push forward and remember that, nothing great or worth while achieving is ever achieved without enthusiasm. Thank you UWIDEF
SWAYNE JAMES