It was sometime in the afternoon last October that Dainnia Bailey received a call that she was a recipient of the 2012-2013 RBC Royal Bank scholarship fund. Her life has changed since.
The final-year accounting student, who received US$8,000, pointed out that it was a rough journey being a student with little or no income coming in.
"There were times I'm studying in the nights and I just start wondering what am I going to eat or how am I going to school," she told The Gleaner following the presentation of J$2.5 million to the University of the West Indies Endowment Fund yesterday.
"I lived in Spanish Town, so I had to take three buses, and I'm here during the days with little or nothing to eat, but I was determined to push my way through. Having received this scholarship, I am more secure and I am really thankful," she said.
The other two recipients were final-year medical student Amoako Evans and third-year radiography student Delroy Allen.
Archibald Campbell, chief financial officer at the UWI Bursary, said he sees thousands of lives being changed with the assistance.
"We are always thankful for these opportunities, because they are so many students like these three students who are very bright but they face huge financial obstacles. Our aim is always to be there for our students once they reach out to us," he declared.