There has been overwhelming response by students to the call to access bursaries for the University of the West Indies (UWI), according to Education Officer Everton Briggs.
He said he expected that by the end of the day more than 800 people would have passed through the Examination Section of the Ministry of Education where the application forms were distributed for the first time today.
“We have been seeing people coming from early. We said to collect the forms between 9:30 am and 4:15 pm, but we have been seeing people coming in way before 8:00 am,”
Those in the queue included teenagers, working adults, as well as parents, who collected on behalf of their children.
The bursary is aimed specifically at Barbadian students pursuing undergraduate studies at the UWI. It will be directly paid to the university and will assist with the payment of tuition fees.
The documents which each applicant must submit to be eligible for the bursary include: the completed bursary application form; a notarized copy of their birth certificate or citizen certificate; a salary slip; a retrenchment letter; information on any loan or financial assistance that will help in the payment of the tuition fee; proof of registration/acceptance at the university; and a most recent transcript from the UWI if the person is a continuing student.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, August 12.