There has been overwhelming response by students to the call to access bursaries for the University of the West Indies (UWI).

This was revealed today by Education Officer, Everton Briggs, when a Barbados Government Information Service team visited the Examination Section of the Ministry of Education, where the application forms were being distributed.

Mr. Briggs, who was one of those handing out the application forms, said: ???Yes, we have been seeing people coming from early. We said to collect the forms between 9:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., but we have been seeing people coming in way before 8:00 a.m. today. By the end of the day, we expect more than 800 persons would have passed through.???

Those in the queue included teenagers, working men and women, as well as parents, who collected on behalf of their children.

The bursary is aimed specifically at Barbadian students pursuing undergraduate studies at the UWI. It will be directly paid to the university and is expected to assist with the payment of tuition fees.

The documents which each applicant must submit to be eligible for the bursary include: the completed bursary application form; a notarised copy of their birth certificate or citizen certificate; a salary slip; a retrenchment letter; information on any loan or financial assistance that will help in the payment of the tuition fee; proof of registration/acceptance at the university; and a most recent transcript from the UWI (if the person is a continuing student).

The completed application form should reach the Ministry, at the Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Road, by Tuesday, August 12. Late applications will not be considered.

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