NEW YORK – February 15, 2013
Following a pledge to support the scholarship program for financially challenged students at the University of the West Indies (UWI), made at the historic BioLife Sounds of Reggae concert held at the Barclay’s Center on 12/12/2012 in Brooklyn, CEO of LinkUp Media Group, David Annakie delivered to the American Foundation of The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) a check for Ten Thousand dollars ($10,000) on January 30, 2013.
This sum will go a far way in assisting the Foundation’s efforts to garner funds to support the almost 2,000 students at the UWI. With the average cost of tuition being $3,000 per academic year, most of these students are now in financial crisis because of their inability to pay the cost of their tuition, for these students the LinkUp Corporation, the parent company of Biolife has come through once again to support education and the bettering of the Jamaican Community.
The leadership of the Foundation has expressed sincere appreciation for the donation, recognizing that the economy of the USA is also facing challenging times like those of the Caribbean. The Vice Chancellor of the UWI – Professor E Nigel Harris noted that actions by Mr. Annakie, “gives deserving students hope for the future and is a tangible demonstration of his commitment to education, and in particular to the growth and development to his native Jamaica and to the Caribbean Region.” The Vice Chancellor said, “May I express my own considerable thanks for this donation on behalf of the UWI. This will go a long way to assisting students whose promise can be compromised because they cannot pay their fees. There is a great need for scholarships and I hope that your stepping up to the plate in this way will inspire others to do – likewise.”
The award designated as ‘LinkUp Media Group Scholarships’ is yet another avenue that the group has consistently supported the efforts of the AFUWI over the past years in fulfillment of its mission. Previously, other sponsorships include air time for Radiothons and advertisements for other events and activities being staged by the Foundation.
Executive Director of the AFUWI, Ann-Marie Grant on accepting the gift, expressed appreciation on behalf of the students who will benefit. She commented, ‘’The opportunities that Mr Annakie and his company have created for the recipients will contribute to the creation of a lasting legacy, as the education of a people is one of the most empowering aspects of human development. We are truly grateful that he has chosen to help our Foundation.”
American Foundation for the University of the West Indies
The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, with a mission to raise funds in the United States to enhance higher education at the University of the West Indies (UWI). The UWI community comprises the 16 member countries of the English speaking Caribbean – Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.
The AFUWI is a registered US charity and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of state and federal laws. In supporting the UWI, the AFUWI continues to enhance the University’s ability to play a pivotal role in preparing individuals for continued Caribbean and global thought leadership. For more information about the AFUWI / UWI visit: www.afuwi.org / www.uwi.edu.