Photo: David Mullings, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Blue Mahoe Capital Partners
The University of the West Indies has left a legacy of excellence and has been producing the cream of the crop in the Caribbean and the Western Hemisphere. On the 21st of February 2021 the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) celebrates persons of Caribbean Heritage whose contributions of excellence help to make the world a better place.
The distinguished recipients are to receive the awards at the 24th annual “The Legacy Continues” Gala Awards of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI). The stellar virtual event scheduled for February 21, 2021, is the Foundation’s premier annual fund raiser which provides scholarships for students of the five campuses of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) in Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Antigua and the Open Campus.
The list of seven awardees is:
Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley is receiving “The Legacy Award”;
David Mullings, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Blue Mahoe Capital Partners, and business innovator is receiving “The Chancellor’s Award For Excellence in Business Leadership”;
Ms. Cedella Marley CEO of Tuff Gong is receiving the “The Chancellor’s Award For Excellence in Global Leadership”;
Amanda Seales, Actress, Activist, Artist and Media Personality is receiving “The Caribbean Luminary Award”;
Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, Global Head of CSR, President, Moody’s Foundation is receiving “The Vice Chancellor’s Achievement Award”;
Dr. Jermaine Omar McCalpin, Chair, African and African American Studies Research Interests, New Jersey City University is receiving “The Pelican Award”;
WBLS and Caribbean Radio Legend Dahved Levy is receiving “The Trailblazer Award For Excellence in Community Engagement”.
The awardees celebrate Caribbean heritage and their individual contributions in varied sectors including politics and nation building, music, acting, media, entrepreneurship, business, academia and education.
Mullings states with appreciation “I have never been focused on recognition of my work but instead was focused on sharing my ideas and executing where I could while inspiring others to think bigger. I did not feel ready to receive such an award but I graciously accept it and hope that it sends a message to other young people that your work will not go unnoticed. Go and have a positive impact.”
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI said “each year the AFUWI has the privilege of saying thank you on behalf of the people in the Caribbean and the Diaspora, to a select group of distinguished persons of Caribbean descent or heritage who are blazing a trail of excellence in the United States of America. We acknowledge and honour them as eminent standard bearers for a region that has contributed much to the development of the USA in a range of spheres.”
“As large as America is, our Caribbean immigrants continuously punch way above the weight of the small island nations of their birth or heritage and we share in the pride of their accomplishments”, Sir Hilary declared.
A 501(c) (3) charitable organisation, the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) was established in 1956 to develop an endowment fund in the United States for The University of the West Indies (UWI). Today, its mission is to source and administer private donations, maximise philanthropic efforts, and develop strategic alliances with American corporations, foundations, alumni and other organisations, primarily to provide scholarships, support academic programmes and facilitate development projects at The UWI. The Foundation has more recently intensified its focus on supporting the University’s scholarship programme because of the urgent and increasing demand for financial aid from many in the student population who are talented, ambitious and determined to break the cycle of poverty, but face severe economic hardships. In addition, the Foundation also seeks to facilitate activities which promote the well-being and strengthening of the West Indian society through community service, research programmes and public service endeavours for the preservation/creation of a robust cultural and social legacy. Visit: www.afuwi.org
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