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Sir Arthur Lewis Awards for Indigenous Peoples - Testimonials

The University of the West Indies is pleased to announce the Arthur Lewis Awards for study at the Cave Hill Campus. The programme honours the memory of the Caribbean’s most celebrated economist, the late Sir Arthur Lewis of St. Lucia.

Cozier P. Frederick (Chouboutouiba) | Dominica

cozier-frederick-(1).png Quotation_mark_left.png I learnt early that a university education carries a heavy price tag. This was a threatening adversary to me as an indigenous person living on communally owned land; the last Kalinago frontier, on the island of Wai’tukubuli (Dominica), without access to the relevant collateral expected by the commercial loaning institutions. Throughout my life, the inaccessibility to finance played a tremendous role in discouraging the attainment of a university degree.

As we continue to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Lewis, I extend my deepest gratitude to the Arthur Lewis Award for affording me the opportunity to pursue a career path worthy of the approval of my ancestors. As a “First Nations” scholar, the award has given the opportunity to position myself to help enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of the indigenous people of Wai’tukubuli by providing better services, opportunities and results.

I have been privileged to have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/ Political Science in 2011. Presently, I serve my fellow Kalinago brothers and sisters as the Ministry of Kalinago Affairs Development Officer, with the vision to improve the quality of life and opportunities for them by contributing to a relationship of mutual understanding, trust and respect between the Government and the community.



Kandis Cato-Marcelle | St Vincent and the Grenadines

kandis-cato-marcelle.png Quotation_mark_left.png Making the decision to work towards achieving a university education is always a huge step; securing the finance for it can be a stumbling block, especially for economically disadvantaged students.

In 2011, I, Kandis Cato-Marcelle, applied to the UWI Cave Hill Campus without knowing how my three year program was going to be financed. It was my luck that I learned through a friend and recipient, Mr. Michael Lewis of the Sir Arthur Lewis Awards how it impacted his life, and he encouraged me to apply. In good faith I did, and with the assistance of my country’s Prime Minister, Dr. Gonsalves, I was successful and was awarded a full scholarship for a three year degree program in Accounting and Finance.

I am indeed very grateful and I cannot say thank you enough to the Sir Arthur Lewis Awards Committee for considering me a worthwhile candidate. I can truly say that the scholarship funds went a long way and with good budgeting and management it supported me for the entire three years with little or no additional financing. At the end of my tenure in 2014, the hard work and perseverance paid off and I was proud to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. I am currently an intermediate auditor for a small auditing firm in my home country, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

I am also grateful for the life of Sir Arthur Lewis in whose memory these awards are being granted - he was an exceptional scholar and his contribution to education, especially in the field of economics is appreciated and his achievements celebrated.

I do encourage all aspiring UWI Cave Hill students to check their eligibility and apply for a Sir Arthur Lewis Award. The UWI Cave Hill Campus offers a rich student life experience, from academics to campus life and with the right attitude and approach, one would easily succeed and live the student life you pictured yourself living at the UWI Cave Hill.



Julton Wagner | Belize

julton-wagner.png Quotation_mark_left.png My name is Julton Wagner and I am a Belizean majoring in Economics and Finance. Before being awarded the Arthur Lewis Award for Indigenous People, I was attending Galen University in Belize. I majored in Economics and was at the top of my classes. I was supported by my mother who kept pushing me to go forward despite our inability to meet our financial obligations. In my second semester, I wanted to transfer to The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, but I had no idea on how to procure the necessary finances. My mother promised to support me, but I could not burden my family in this way. Thankfully, I was one of the few people who was selected for the Sir Arthur Lewis Award for Indigenous Peoples and that eased my financial worries. The award has taught me how to manage my resources, how to be independent and how to be an ambassador for my country. To UWI Caall the applicants, do apply for this scholarship as the opportunity to pursue and undergraduate degree at the Cave Hill Campus is one that should not be passed up.Quotation_mark_right.png

 Maya Choc | Belize
 Jose Carballo | Belize
 Jamila Avilez | Belize

 Alicia Lavia | St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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