UWI sourcing more funding for students
With several of the contributing governments affected by harsh economic times the 70-year-old University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus is looking to new revenue streams to assist poor students who cannot afford the tuition fees for the campus.
Come April 28, the Cave Hill Campus as part its anniversary celebrations will be staging “a blue riband and red carpet gala” in association with the Elliott and Loretta Belgrave Scholarship Trust on its grounds to set up a scholarship to assist those deserving students.
Principal of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Professor Eudine Barriteau, made these disclosures on Tuesday while speaking to members of the media in the conference room at Cave Hill Campus.
Barriteau said the $500 per ticket gala will be held under the distinguished patronage of Governor General Dame Sandra Mason who is an alumna of the Cave Hill Campus.
She said that the gala has attracted the endorsement and active support of a constellation of regional and international “stars” and several prominent citizens and they were anticipating a successful event.
“We look forward to spending an enchanting evening. One which we look forward to spending with a wide and varied array of the UWI community including alumni, friends, and well -wishers, including corporate and individual donors, all lending their support to the very worthy cause of raising funds for scholarships for our most needy and deserving students,” she said.
During the press conference it was disclosed that for the past two years faculty members have been making monthly contributions from their salaries to an “Adopt a Student Fund” for needy students..
Cultural Ambassador Anthony Mighty Gabby Carter and calypsonian Anderson Blood Armstrong have also thrown their support behind the event.
In a brief presentation the Mighty Gabby said that since its establishment in 1948 the university has done a lot for the region and has touched almost every family in the Caribbean.
“All you have got to do is to look and see how far the region has advanced since 1948. Not advancement in terms of material things, but in terms of education overall. When I heard about this fund raising event, I could not think of a better fundraiser than this one. If we can get our people educated we will see a drop in crime and more people engaging in the arts and sporting disciplines. It hurt me when I heard that the student population dropped from 8 000 to 5 000. I would do anything to support this cause.”
Meanwhile, Blood said that after being in the entertainment industry for the past 35 years he felt he should give back something to the country and he recognised the importance of education even though he supports emphasis being placed entrepreneurship. (NC)