Corporate Donors Lauded by UWI

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April 20, 2017

Corporate donors to the University of the West Indies came in for high praise recently for their continued support of the university especially in “trying financial times”.

Chairman of the Campus Council at Cave Hill, Sir Paul Altman, noted that access to funding was critical for the success of students and therefore corporate donors to the university “should be commended for their support of students in trying financial times”.

Sir Paul’s comments came as he addressed the 14th annual Students Awards Ceremony at the Cave Hill campus recently. He said the university’s “faithful donor partners” had demonstrated an understanding of the importance of investing in the region’s most important resource – its people.

Among the donors singled out for its commitment to the campus was regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean, the largest donor of undergraduate scholarships to the campus. Since 2003 the bank has donated 15 one-year scholarships annually valued at USD$2 500 each, across a number of disciplines.

His comments were echoed by Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of Cave Hill, Profession Eudine Barriteau, who also welcomed the private sector and non-governmental organizations’ continued support for the university.

“The lifelines that the scholarships offer enable many students to achieve their goals, which in many cases could not have been realized otherwise. It is the generosity of our benefactors that makes our annual student awards ceremony possible,” the principal said.
The bank’s Director of Corporate Communications, Debra King, presented this year’s scholarships totaling US$37, 500 to 15 outstanding undergraduate students from Barbados, the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Bahamian medical student Yamir Smith and Emma Tuletta who is studying Psychology were among this year’s scholarship winners.

Other winners of the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Scholarships for the academic year 2016/2017 are: Barbados; Joshua Webster (Medicine), Devon Deane (Computer Science), Dylan Quintyne (Physics) and Tia Morris (Banking and Finance), Jamaica; Morganne Kellier (Law), Alexidene Fraser (Law) and Samuel Bailey (Law), Grenada; Estelle Pysadee (Economics and Accounting), St. Lucia; Nadine Louis (Medicine), Dominica; Eudorra Bertrand (Microbiology), and Trinidad and Tobago; Sherraine Cunningham (Medicine), Allisia Williams (Law) and Kerneisha Skeete (Medicine). 

Medical student Yamir Smith receiving her scholarship from CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Director of Corporate Communications, Debra King. 


Emma Tuletta who is pursuing studies in psychology accepting her scholarship award from CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Director of Corporate Communications, Debra King.

About CIBC FirstCaribbean
CIBC FirstCaribbean is the largest, regionally-listed bank in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean serving over 400 000 customers in 17 markets, through approximately 2,700 staff, across 100 branches and offices. The bank, which has almost 250 years of combined experience in the region,  offers a full range of market-leading financial services in: Corporate and Investment Banking, Treasury Sales and Trading, Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Small Business and Credit Cards.
CIBC FirstCaribbean is a member of the CIBC Group. CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. Through our three major business units – Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Wholesale Banking – CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada with offices in the United States and around the world.

For more information about CIBC FirstCaribbean, visit

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News date : 04/20/2017    Category : About Bahamians, Business, Education, Finance, Press Releases

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