Scholarships, awards and prizes valued at nearly $700,000 will be presented to students at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill when the campus holds its annual Student Awards ceremony tomorrow.
The event, themed Aligning Access with Excellence, will enable benefactors and donor representatives to meet and greet their protégés at the awards presentation, and later spend time getting to know each other at an informal reception.
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Eudine Barriteau noted the awardees were selected through a “highly competitive and rigorous process”.
She added that the awards validate the recipients’ tenacity, and also “epitomize diligence and hard work, exemplified by (their) exceptional scholastic and sporting achievements”.
“The campus is pleased to celebrate our students who demonstrate that success is within the reach of those who dare to dream, and then go on to pursue their dreams with purpose and passion; those who with big dreams refuse to be defined by their circumstances, but rather demonstrate faith in the old adage, ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’,” Professor Barriteau stated.
While lauding the students for their high scholarly achievements, the principal also applauded those who have excelled in debating, mooting, cricket, football, netball, and track and field, and noted the outstanding achievements which have earned the Academy of Sport national acclaim in several sporting disciplines.
“As a campus, we recognize that our students are our greatest assets,” she said. “We therefore take responsibility for ensuring that our products are of the highest standard through continuous quality assurance reviews of our various disciplines, reform of our curricula, and pedagogical renewal of faculty. As we compete in the global marketplace, we seek to deepen our strong focus on student-centredness, while maintaining standards of excellence by holding faculty, administrators and students to the highest levels of responsibility and accountability.”
The principal noted that UWI graduates continue to excel in their various spheres of endeavour across the region and internationally, and she thanked regional governments for their continued support in developing the region’s human capital.
She added: “At this time when the economies in the region are financially strained, the campus is extremely grateful that it can count on the corporate and NGO communities to support student excellence, as they continue to invest in our students, thus enabling the ongoing creation of social capital. The lifelines that the scholarships offer enable many students to achieve their goals which, in many cases, could not have been realized otherwise. It is the generosity of our benefactors that makes our annual Student Awards ceremony possible.”