We would like to extend a profound thank you to our generous sponsors, dedicated patrons, talented cast, and hard-working crew for their scorching performances in Ignite 2; Rekindle The Flame. Their passion, intensity, and energy lit up the stage like a blazing inferno, leaving audiences in awe.

Your support will help ignite the future of deserving students at The UWI St. Augustine Campus through scholarships and bursaries. Thank you for being the spark that keeps the flame of education burning bright.

Thank you to our Sponsors!! Your contribution laid the foundation for an electrifying evening, where we could showcase local talent, and further our mission to provide scholarships and bursaries to deserving students of The UWI St. Augustine Campus. 

Director of the UWIDEF and Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam and Manager of the UWIDEF, Kory Mendez, chat with Ainka of TTT about Ignite 2 which is carded for March 24, 2024.

With just thirteen days left until the blazing event, Ignite 2: Rekindle the Flame, let’s shine a spotlight on how your support lights up the path for students at The UWI, St. Augustine. This heartfelt tale from Mr. Akeem Roach, a bursary recipient, is just one of many that fuel our fire to keep uplifting deserving scholars.

Join forces to IGNITE the flames of wisdom with The UWI Development and Endowment Fund, as we prepare to host you on March 24, 2024, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts. Every ticket you purchase helps more students like Akeem chase their dreams for a sunnier tomorrow!

For further details, contact us on +1(868) 730-6489 via phone or WhatsApp.
To reserve your tickets, please click here.


08 March 2024


Left to right: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UWIDEF Dr. Sterling Frost O.R.T.T and Manager Mr. Kory Mendez

The University of the West Indies Development and Endowment Fund’s (UWIDEF) newly minted manager Mr. Kory Mendez is leading the production of the Fund’s second annual fundraising concert – IGNITE 2. Mr. Mendez joined the UWIDEF at the start of 2024 as Manager with responsibility for the business efficiency and innovative efforts of the fund which provides scholarships and bursaries to deserving students of the UWI. Mendez brings leadership experience gained from numerous years in key leadership roles within multiple local culture based non-profit organizations. Mr. Mendez also led the production team for the inaugural IGNITE Concert in 2023.

UWIDEF plans a series of fundraising events in 2024, the first being IGNITE 2 – Rekindle the Flame, a benefit concert at the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA) on Sunday 24th  March 2024, from 6pm.  Performing in this second edition are The Lydians, Southernaires Choir, Signal Hill Alumni Choir, the National Steel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago, The Shiv Shakti Dance Company, and The UWI’s own UWI Arts Chorale and Steel and renowned soloists, Edward Cumberbatch, Neval Chatelal and Quinton Neckles.

At the 2023/2024 Presentation Ceremony, the UWIDEF presented a combined total of two hundred and ten (210) awards including ten (10) UWI Star Scholarships, recognizing students who displayed academic excellence and outstanding performance in co-curricular activities. It is through successful fundraising endeavours spanning several years, the UWIDEF has made a substantial impact on the lives of thousands of deserving UWI students. These efforts have played a pivotal role in transforming their university aspirations into reality, making a meaningful contribution to education and unlocking the potential within the future leaders of our region and by extension, the world.

Leading the work of the UWIDEF is the Chairman and Board of Directors who generously contribute their time and expertise to advocate for student success through the organization’s ongoing fundraising efforts.


       2023-2024 Scholarship and Bursary Awardees

The UWI Development and Endowment Fund distributed two hundred (200) scholarships and bursaries at its 2023 Awards Ceremony. Chairman of The UWI Development and Endowment Fund, Dr Sterling Frost O.R.T.T. in his address to the hundreds of awardees gathered with well-wishers underscored the importance of “paying it forward”. In his address, Dr. Frost stated:

“Catherine Hyde’s book introduced the concept of “paying it forward.” In the novel, Reuben St. Clair, a Social Studies teacher, inspired his students to come up with ideas to change the world. One student, Trevor Mckinney, spawned an idea called “Pay it Forward” which encouraged networking of good deeds for charity. It is a simple yet powerful concept that encourages individuals to perform random acts of kindness for others, with the hope that they will in turn pay it forward to someone else. By doing so, we can create a ripple effect of kindness and generosity that can transform the world we live in.” 

Please enjoy a recap of our 2023-2024 Award Ceremony. 




The University of the West Indies Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) is pleased to welcome Wendy Fitzwilliam to its Board of Directors. 


The Chairman of UWIDEF, Dr. Sterling Frost O.R.T.T. welcomed Ms. Fitzwilliam to the Board and to the work of the fund in the provision of scholarships and bursaries at The UWI.

Ms. Fitzwilliam’s career and stature in the national and international business arenas, enhanced by over twenty-five (25) years of involvement in successful projects in the creative and entertainment industries across the Caribbean and the Americas add tremendous value to UWIDEF’s pursuit of innovative efforts to support deserving students.

Ms. Fitzwilliam currently serves as Chair of Dynamic 1 Group of Companies; and has served as Business Consultant to the region’s first Animation Hub and as a senior executive with responsibility for the promotion and procurement of national investment. Leading the work of the UWIDEF is the Chairman and the Board of Directors who generously contribute their time and expertise to advocate for student success through the organization’s ongoing fundraising efforts.

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