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Management Studies Student Receives Scholarship

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, August 28, 2018


From left: Scholarship winner Sherry-Ann Virginie receives scholarship cheque from Derrice Deane, fundraising co-chair of the Barbados Association of Washington DC Area, Inc. (BAWDC Inc.) and Lynette Siewe, vice president of BAWDC Inc. Representing The UWI are Dr. Wendy Grenade (second right), head of department of Government, Sociology and Social Work and Patricia Atherley, senior assistant registrar, Student Enrolment and Retention Unit (right).

Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (Special) student, Sherry-Ann Virginie received a financial boost to her education. She was a 2018 recipient from the Barbados Association of Washington DC Area Inc.

Virginie was presented with the cheque for USD$1000 at a ceremony held recently in the Dean’s Meeting Room, The UWI Cave Hill. The 37-year-old student heard about the scholarship from a friend living in the United States, but was unsure as to if she should apply.

“Initially when I learnt of the scholarship, I was a bit skeptical because I always felt that receiving a scholarship was like a needle in a haystack; the pot is just way too big, so I did have some reservations initially. Secondly, I knew nothing about the Barbados Association of Washington DC. However after doing a little research I decided why not? Nothing beats a try but a failure, and what do I have to lose? So I made the decision, I applied and I am here today.”

The Barbados Association of Washington DC Area Inc. is a nonprofit which focusses on cultural and human development. Vice President of the organisation, Lynette Siewe said the scholarship was created to ease the financial burden associated with tertiary education for Barbadians and persons of Barbadian descent.

“We vividly remember the financial hardships we faced putting ourselves through school. It is with that financial hardship in mind that this scholarship programme came about; we just knew that we had to ease that burden for others coming along the way. Through the programme, Barbadians and those of Barbadian heritage who are currently enrolled in a degree programme at an accredited college and/or university in the US or Barbados were encouraged to apply.”

Two awardees were selected based on their educational goals, educational achievement and their aim of creating a significant impact to the community. Virginie is instrumental in organizing community outreach initiatives at KM2 Solutions where she works, which included fun walks and fundraising drives.

Head of Government, Sociology and Social Work, Dr Wendy Grenade, noted that the scholarship represented a larger process of engagement with members of the Diaspora to “advance Caribbean development.” She added: “so as much as this cheque is going to an individual, it is representative of something larger that we welcome as a university, because we know we can’t do it alone.”


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