The annual UWI Mona Presentation of Graduates Ceremonies will take on a new dimension come October 29 and 30 as the first cohort of graduates from among the CB Group UWI 5K scholarship recipients will be presented. A total of seven scholarship recipients will be awarded with their degrees with six of the seven being awarded with First Class Honours. The six First Class Honours Degree awardees are; Latoya Duffus, Alfred Fullwood, Isha Levy, Clifton Thompson, Orlando Smith and Kerry-Ann Williams.
The initiative was started in 2012 when the UWI sought new ways of generating funds for student development in the form of scholarship awards. The first graduating cohort from amongst the recipients is now a testament to the worthiness of the initiative as it continues to be a much needed avenue of revenue to aid students’ financial conditions providing them with the opportunity to pursue tertiary education.
Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind, Executive Director for the Institutional Advancement Division in the Office of the Vice Chancellor and head of the organizing committee is particularly pleased that a number of the initial beneficiaries of the CB Group UWI 5K scholarship have completed their degrees and will be looking onward to achieving other goals.
“We started the CB Group UWI 5K as means to offer aid to students who were in need of financial support. Since the genesis of the initiative in 2012 we have awarded 75 scholarships to students pursuing their tertiary degrees and this is our first cohort of graduates from the programme. Words cannot express how proud I am of how well they handled the pressure of being a scholarship recipient and to see six of seven graduating with First Class Honours is just an amazing feat. A lot of young adults only need an opportunity and that is what the CB Group UWI 5K continues to offer, an opportunity to pursue their dream of tertiary education and self development,” said Mrs. Buchanan-Hind.
St. Jago High School past student and Spanish Town native, Orlando Smith is one of the beneficiaries who earned himself a First Class Honours Degree in Pharmacology. Smith described the CB Group UWI 5K scholarship as a much needed financial boost and one which has set him on a path to achieve his goal of becoming a Medical Doctor.
“I was in a tough financial situation heading into my final year and I applied for the scholarship out of hope. When I was awarded I had the financial help that I needed as without the scholarship I would be unable to sit my exams and complete my degree,” said Smith.
Orland Smith will graduate in the top two of the Basic Medical Sciences Department in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. The 23 year old is currently in his first year of the MBBS programme to become a medical doctor.
The CB Group UWI 5K is also a massive contributor to The University of the West Indies continued focus on sporting development. The scholarships funded through the event have helped to contribute to the gradual increase in quality athletes and athletic programmes coming out of the UWI.
The CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K, which both begin and end at the UWI Mona Bowl, is slated for Sunday, November 15 with the 5K run scheduled for 7:00 a.m. followed by the Kids K at 8:00 a.m. The funds raised will support the academic and sporting development of students through the University's Scholarship Fund.