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UWI GRADUATES WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE PRESTIGIOUS RHODES SCHOLARSHIP

Cecil John Rhodes was a British diamond magnate and imperialist. Rhodes' life is part of the history of Southern Africa. The colony of Rhodesia took his name and is today known as the independent state of Zimbabwe. Rhodes name is now remembered principally because of his foundation of the Rhodes Scholarships. He left the greater part of his substantial fortune to establish this scheme in his will.

Candidates for Rhodes Scholarships are selected on the basis of "qualities of character" as well as of intellect. Rhodes' aim was to provide future leaders of the English-speaking world with an education which would broaden their views and develop their abilities. He chose to endow these scholarships at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, because he believed that its residential colleges provided an environment specially conducive to pesonal development.

Rhodes hoped that those who benefited from his scholarships would go on to improve the lot of mankind, and work towards maintaining peace between nations.

The Rhodes Scholarship is given based on:

  • Literary and scholastic attainments
  • Energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness and success in sports
  • Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  • Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings

Two Rhodes Scholarships are offered to Caribbean nationals each year; one specifically for Jamaicans and one that is open to the entire Caribbean (Jamaica included).

We salute with “Pelican Pride” the following UWI Graduates who have received Rhodes Scholarships:

Year Graduate Scholarship
51 1972 Peter Christopher Hanley

Jamaica

52 1971 Geoffrey Boyce Frankson

British Caribbean

53 1971 Rudolph Newton Smellie

Jamaica

54 1970 George Hylton Alexander

Jamaica

55 1969 Franklyn Grenfel Prendergast

Jamaica

56 1968 William Richard Henson Jacobs

British Caribbean

57 1968 Rev. Ronald George Thwaites

Jamaica

58 1967 Franklin Arthur Joseph Johnston

Jamaica

59 1966 Prof. Trevor St. George Munroe

Jamaica

60 1965 Richard Dougles Fletcher

Jamaica

61 1965 Habiboola Ameerally Niamatali

British Caribbean

62 1964 Ernest Milton Hew

Jamaica

63 1963 Hon. Roderick George Rainford

Jamaica

64 1962 Eric Anthony Abrahams

Jamaica

65 1962 Robert Victor Ogilvie

British Caribbean

66 1961 Henry Vernon Wong

Jamaica

67 1960 Arthur Ralph Carnegie

Jamaica

68 1958 Prof. The Hon. Mervyn Eustace Morris

Jamaica

69 1957 Prof. Ralston Milton Nettleford (Rex)

Jamaica

70 1955 Everard St. Aubyn Nelson

Jamaica

71 1953 Donald Bogle

Jamaica

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