AFUWI Scholarship Awardee Testimonials

Ms.Karen Dacosta - Bert N. Mitchell Family Foundation Scholarship Recipient


Mr. Elton Daley - Patrick Hylton Scholarship Recipient



Listen to Scholarship Recipient
Cherese Simmonds RAP Lyrics

Scholarship Recipient
Cherese Simmonds
Rap Lyrics

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.


The American Foundation for The University of The West Indies (AFUWI) is proud of its history of transformational leadership, contribution to regional development and its commitment to economic and social advancement.

AFUWI seeks to transform the lives of exceptionally talented, young women and men who are in dire financial circumstances by providing access to higher education so they can break the cycle of generational poverty and make an economic impact in their local communities and throughout the Caribbean region.

Our Foundation seeks to be known for its transformational leadership, advocacy and facilitation of higher education as a pathway to progress in the Caribbean and the USA.

During the past 10+ years AFUWI has provided approximately 500 tuition scholarships to students across the Caribbean region, donated $7.5M in goods and brokered multiple relationships with other tier one institutions.

  • Sourcing and administering private donations
  • Maximizing philanthropic efforts
  • Facilitating impact-driven projects at The UWI and its affiliates
  • Developing strategic alliances with American corporations, foundations, alumni, organizations and other Tier 1 universities
Charitable Information

AFUWI is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization. All contributions (cash or in-kind) are tax deductible to the full extent of state and federal laws.

About The UWI

For over 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies; the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ);

The UWI-University of Havana Centre for Sustainable Development; The UWI-Coventry Institute for Industry-Academic Partnership with the University of Coventry and the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research with the University of Glasgow.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region's premier research academy, The UWI's foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. The world's most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, has ranked The UWI among the top 600 universities in the world for 2019 and 2020, and the 40 best universities in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018 and 2019, then top 20 in 2020. The UWI has been the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit

(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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