Scotia deepens partnership with UWI: Bank commits CAD$375,000 over 5 years

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 16:15

Sco­tia­bank has had a long and ded­i­cat­ed re­la­tion­ship with the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies (UWI) and, for the past 10 years, has been the lead spon­sor of the UWI an­nu­al Toron­to Ben­e­fit Gala.

Dur­ing this time, the gala has helped award schol­ar­ships to 500 de­serv­ing stu­dents.


Fol­low­ing this im­pact, the bank has recom­mit­ted its role to the gala for the next five years and has al­so in­creased its in­vest­ment to CAD$75,000 per year, for a to­tal of CAD$375,000 over the five-year pe­ri­od.

This spon­sor­ship will now in­clude 15 Sco­tia­bank Schol­ar­ships per year des­ig­nat­ed to sup­port stu­dents in need of fi­nan­cial aid.

Se­nior vice pres­i­dent of In­ter­na­tion­al Bank­ing Bren­dan King vis­it­ed Trinidad to show­case the bank’s sup­port for the ini­tia­tive and wider Caribbean, meet­ing with ex­ec­u­tives and schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents of UWI St Au­gus­tine Cam­pus.

The meet­ing was fol­lowed by a tour of the cam­pus, in­clud­ing the Co­coa Re­search Cen­tre, that aims to pro­mote Trinidad’s rich co­coa of­fer­ings and steel­pan Lab, which has birthed the suc­cess­ful G-Pan.

UWI Gala Ben­e­fit schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents, in shar­ing their back­ground and sto­ries, thanked Sco­tia­bank and the UWI gala for en­abling them to at­tend uni­ver­si­ty to ful­fill their var­i­ous pur­suits.

Through the Sco­tia­bank schol­ar­ships, more stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits from high­er ed­u­ca­tion.

In his re­marks to stu­dents, King shared ad­vice and al­so reaf­firmed the bank’s com­mit­ment to youth and ed­u­ca­tion.

He said, “At Sco­tia­bank, we be­lieve in the im­por­tance of in­vest­ing in the youth of our com­mu­ni­ties to help them reach their in­fi­nite po­ten­tial. We know that how we sup­port young peo­ple to­day can help them for to­mor­row, and that’s why we want to help them thrive.”

The new Sco­tia­bank schol­ar­ships will be avail­able to Cari­com aa­tion­als who are pur­su­ing full time un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes at UWI Cam­pus­es in Trinidad, as well as Ja­maica and Bar­ba­dos.

El­i­gi­ble stu­dents must be en­ter­ing at least lev­el two of their B.Sc. de­gree pro­gramme in the Fac­ul­ty of Med­ical Sci­ences, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy, Hu­man­i­ties & Ed­u­ca­tion & So­cial Sci­ences.