AFUWI Scholarship Awardee Testimonials

Mr. Elton Daley - Patrick Hylton Scholarship Recipient



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From a seed to a flower now, it's a new beginning

Was subjugated by my conditions some say were predetermined

WOW, I aint a quitter that's why I keep pushing

Working on my plans I have no time for wishing

See I didn't know where to turn, disappointments laid my paths but a lesson I've learnt

In the midst of your deepest pain there is still more to gain

So just never lose your faith, every day is not the same

I was running and searching knocked on a few doors,

That's when AFUWI came looking so I'm standing once more.

For those in a similar situation and see no open doors,

Faith is the evidence of things not seen substance of things hoped for.

Work, pray and it's okay to cry sometimes but,

Never you give up it's up to you to shine.

Letter of Gratitude

Warmest greetings to you Mrs. Hunter,

I am at the final leg of the race of this academic path and reflecting on my journey and all those who have been very instrumental in bringing me to this stage of my life and I must say, I'm grateful. I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to you and my donors who believed in my abilities to the effect of investing in my education.

The overwhelming joy I felt upon being selected as a recipient of The AFUWI and Toronto Gala Scholarships, will forever be etched on my heart. Being from a humble beginning and the only one, of nine children to attend university, being selected was and still is a great deal for my family and me. Having received the scholarships as mentioned earlier, meant, giving my family something to look forward to; something to appreciate; something to celebrate and most importantly something for which to be proud.

It is my hope that in the near future, I will be able to impact lives in a positive way, that mine has been. I say thank you, for myself and on behalf of all the lives, you have touched. You have made a difference not only in our individual lives but also the lives of our family members, as many of us will have been the first graduate in our family.

Phonia Blagrove



We highlight some of the scholarship recipients from across the 4 campuses of The University of the West Indies (UWI) who benefited this year from the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI). The Foundation has regularly facilitated donations and scholarships to students and faculty of The University of the West Indies from individuals and corporations in the USA.

Scholarships were awarded to students from across the Caribbean to attend UWI at one of the four campuses in Barbados (Cave Hill Campus); Jamaica (Mona Campus); Trinidad & Tobago (St. Augustine Campus); and the Open Campus – Anguilla and Bermuda; Antigua; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; The British Virgin Islands; The Cayman Islands; Dominica; Grenada; Jamaica; Montserrat; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St.Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.

AFUWI and The University of The West Indies, on behalf of the scholarship recipients express appreciation for the contributions made by generous sponsors and donors. We encourage you to help us make a difference in the lives of students by supporting the upcoming fundraising events of the AFUWI or by donating to this worthy cause.


AFUWI’s mission is to source and administer private donations, maximize philanthropic efforts and develop strategic alliances with American corporations, foundations, alumni and other organizations to develop programs and provide scholarships for needy students at UWI’s 4 campuses in 17 countries.

Equally impressive is the Foundation’s commitment to facilitating and implementing research-driven policy and activities; presenting public service programs and endeavours to promote the well-being of our citizens and ensuring The UWI is recognized for its unwavering commitment to furthering education around the globe and creating a legacy for future generations.

Without this Foundation many of our scholars would be forced to abandon their dreams of making an impact on their local communities. These extremely talented young men and women have spent most of their lives without a safety net. If often forced to choose between the harsh reality of meeting their most basic needs, and accessing higher education, survival will always take priority.

While we realize education is a pathway out of poverty, it is also one of the highest hurdles challenging the majority of our population. To narrow the educational achievement gap, AFUWI has embraced the agenda of the CARICOM leadership to ensure every household in the Caribbean has at least one person who has received higher education by the year 2030.

AFUWI Mandate

The Foundation has more recently intensified its focus on supporting the University's scholarship program because of the urgent and increasing demand for financial aid from many in the student population who are talented, ambitious and determined to break the cycle of poverty, but face severe economic hardships.

In addition, the Foundation also seeks to facilitate activities which will promote the wellbeing and strengthening of the West Indian society through community service, research programs and public service endeavors for the preservation/creation of a robust cultural and social legacy.

About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a fully-fledged, regional University with over 50,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with three physical campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and an Open Campus. The UWI serves 17 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos.

The UWI’s faculty and students come from more than 40 countries and The University has collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation.

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)


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