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Name: Alliyah Dasilva

Scholarship Recipient Year: 2020

University Attending: University of the West Indies

Course Study: Law

1. What is your favorite thing about school so far?

My favourite thing about school right now is the impact I already have on my first-year cohorts; that is being selected to be their representative for the academic year 2020/21. I had always been service-oriented and have a knack for leadership so with this opportunity I am able to continue on this path. It has been one of my most favourable highlights thus far amidst the Covid-19 restrictions which has resulted in me beginning first year as an online student.

 

2. What is your favorite class / subject in school right now?

My favourite class in school right now is really between my Criminal Law lectures and my Legal Methods and Research Writing tutorials.

 

3. Are you involved in any university extra curriculars? (Clubs, Sports, Organizations, etc.)

Due to the unprecedented times, being unable to be on campus I am currently only involved in the Mooting Club society & The University of the West Indies Student Today, Alumni Tomorrow (Uwi STAT) programme.

 

4. What kind of things do you enjoy in your free time?

In my leisure time I enjoy reading romance novels, binging on Netflix and listening to music.

 

5. What was the most surprising thing for you when you started at the university?

Honestly speaking, it is the fact that I did not think I would start my first year of university online because I wanted to experience campus life as a first year so that I could be exposed to the diversity and to meet persons from different Caribbean countries.

 

6. Name the top 3 ways receiving the Josephine Lilly Wolf Memorial Scholarship has changed / impacted your life.

The number one way in which this scholarship has changed my life is that it has afforded me an opportunity to attend university and pursue my career choice in the field of Law. It is of immense value because without it I would have not been able to finance university and so I am really grateful for this once in a life time opportunity.

Secondly, it has impacted my life as it has motivated me further to wanting to be successful in life so that I can someday make an impact on someone else’s life to this degree.

Thirdly it has made me more aware and appreciative about everything that happens in my life and have me looking to God more than ever that he will always make a way. It has proved to me that God is more than an on-time God and I therefore don’t question situations too much when it does not work out the way I want because God has a greater plan.

 

7. What is the best advice you have for others who are applying for the scholarship?

My advice to others who will apply for this scholarship Is that they ought to work hard and secure good grades whilst striking a balance with extra-curricular activities. It is of essence to be able to manage as when they get to university it is a whole different play field. In addition to this; just stay confident and positive at all times and show the interviewers why you deserve this scholarship. Pray about it, declare it then claim it!

Name: Britney Cunningham

Scholarship Recipient Year: 2020

University Attending: University of the West Indies (UWI Mona)

Course Study: Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Actuarial Science

 

1.What is your favorite thing about school so far?

My favorite thing about university so far is that I am one step closer in achieving my dream career and having met new friends from different background who share similar sentiments and accepts and appreciate you for who you really are.

 

2. What is your favorite class / subject in school right now?

Financial Accounting (ACCT1005) and Introductory Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry (MATH1141)

 

3. Are you involved in any university extra curriculars? (Clubs, Sports, Organizations, etc.)

Actuarial Society

 

4. What kind of things do you enjoy in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, researching and brainstorming innovative business ideas and going on adventures.

 

5. What was the most surprising thing for you when you started at the university?

The most surprising thing for me when I started university was that they didn’t take attendance. The onus is on you to attend classes and submit your assignments as a result you have to be self motivated and self disciplined to keep up with everything so as to not get left behind.

 

6. Name the top 3 ways receiving the Josephine Lilly Wolf Memorial Scholarship has changed / impacted your life.

  • It has enabled me to look forward to a brighter future as I can invest all my time and focus more on my studies rather than thinking about university finances.

  • It has heightened my self-esteem and confidence.

  • It has strengthen the philanthropic / volunteerism drive within me ; hoping to one day help others who are in need of financial assistance.

 

7. What is the best advice you have for others who are applying for the scholarship?

First you have to believe in yourself. Once you believe you can, you will. Hard work and consistency works hand in hand when trying to achieve your goals. I always use a little equation to explain success:  ((hard work × dedication)/sacrifices) ^ self-disciplined = success. Be brave, be  bold, be focus but most importantly be yourself. Never stop believing in the power of your dreams because God is working it out for you.

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Name: Crystal Whittaker   

Scholarship Recipient Year: 2020

University Attending: The University of the West Indies Mona

Course Study: Social Sciences

 

1. What is your favorite thing about school so far?

School for me in this 2020 year has allowed me to both reinforce my old likes and acquire new likes. I love to read immensely and all my courses have this requirement as a core. I enjoy that I can gain information and knowledge from reading and then it becomes even more fun as I learn from experts who are energetic and devoted. The opportunity also of meeting via classes and working via groups with people unknown yet similar to me is exciting as I learn the unfamiliar and work alongside the differences.

2. What is your favorite class / subject in school right now?

Presently, I find it difficult to place a preference between Psychology and Sociology as being ‘my favorite’. These two, by both class experiences and subject matter have garnered my interest from the very first session and have continued to do so this day, leaving me in want for more each time a session ends. Their content, both spilling similarities and differences between each other along with the lecturers Ms. Rose and Dr. Beckford’s emotive methods of delivering the topics, ensured my continued interest.

3. Are you involved in any university extra curriculars? (Clubs, Sports, Organizations, etc.)

I have chosen to be apart of the Performing Arts, Debating, Student leadership and Physical Activity Teams however, only one in particular I have thus far engaged in by being  able to do so remotely. The rest has been hindered by the limitations within this current pandemic, however, by faith I will be physically involved in them all soon enough.

4. What kind of things do you enjoy in your free time?

I have found that with University, ‘spare time’ is a concept you have to physically create to give yourself balance. With this creation I ensure to fill it with true comforts and interests: Dance, Construction of Poetry, Reading, Artistically Drawing and Coloring, creating ideas for new Literature and having fun/meaningful interactions with personally close individuals.

5. What was the most surprising thing for you when you started at the university?

What really surprised me was the progression of classes via an online format. With this pandemic, knowing school would not be face to face for a while was a disappointment. However, being apart of the online classes and finding out that I can still participate just as much (as I love to) and that I can learn just as easily, was a new and exciting surprise for me. I was able to willingly volunteer, be a leader and contribute much to my courses, all from a screen/device.

6. Name the top 3 ways receiving the Josephine Lilly Wolf Memorial Scholarship has changed / impacted your life.

This Scholarship has allowed me so much. Foremost, the ability to be learning in the very environment I am was made possible by this scholarship. This has granted me the education I require; impacting my knowledge so I can be able to grow and be a successful contributor to society. Additionally, the removal of fear and queries for paying the various fees has been a blessing. Affording me to place my focus on other areas of needed study, this has made a positive impact on my skills. Essentially, the complete good in which this scholarship has provided me, has impacted my desires to try as best as possible to help another person and to do good myself in what ever way I can while here at school. I have learnt this through the benefits I have received and the feelings that result from being allowed this scholarship - that help in what ever form is far reaching and can be greatly beneficial in multiple ways to an individual.

7. What is the best advice you have for others who are applying for the scholarship?

In applying for this scholarship ensure your daily habits and activities are clearly goal oriented and beneficial for admirable progress. This society needs future leaders who are diligent and firm in what they believe, who are intelligent and place great emphasis on their studies and essentially who aim to invest their time and expertise in making positive changes in the world. These, as observed, are also some of the traits required of individuals who receive this scholarship. Have a desire and thirst for learning, what ever it is you choose to peruse, engage in it passionately and do not forget to enjoy other activities by participating in various clubs and societies who will provide fun, enlightenment and personal growth.