Nicolas Coleman Selected As Inaugural Canada Hall Scholarship Awardee


News Americas, NEW YORK, NY,  Fri. Feb. 7, 2014: Jamaican-born Nicolas Coleman has been named the winner of the inaugural Canada Hall Scholarship.

The Canada Hall Scholarship of US$2,000 is tenable at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad and is for students enrolled on the St. Augustine, Trinidad campus and who live on Canada Hall, also known as The Hermitage.

Mr. Coleman is a first year mechanical engineering student at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine and is studying to become an automotive engineer.  He was valedictorian of his graduating class in 2011 at St George’s College and he has received many academic awards.  He was first in Jamaica and second in the Caribbean for CAPE Geometrical and Mechanical Drawing Unit 2 (2012). He served as Deputy Head Boy for academic year 2012/2013 and was a member of the Inter Varsity Christian fellowship (IVCF).

Mr. Coleman attended Jessie Ripoll Primary from 2000-2006 and then St. George’s College from 2006-2013. At St. George’s College, he served as a sub-prefect, a prefect, deputy head boy and valedictorian. From second form through fifth form, he came first is in his class and form and was awarded the Class of 1977 Award of Scholastic Excellence. Mr. Coleman’s father, Mr. Peter Coleman, is a self-employed carpenter and his mother, Alverine Coleman, is self-employed.

The Canada Hall Scholarship is the brainchild of Canada Hall alumnus, Christopher Chaplin. Working with the American Foundation of The University of the West Indies and its Executive Director, Ann-Marie Grant, Mr. Chaplin raised funding from a number of Canada Hall alumni in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Commenting on the support from Canada Hall “Hermits,” Mr. Chaplin said that the support was so strong that he expects a larger award to be made during the upcoming academic year.

Commenting on the quality of the awardee; Professor Michael Barrett of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and  a Canada Hall alumnus said: “Nicholas’ letter shows him to be somebody who is appreciative and grateful as a person as well as a scholar…nice combination and a pleasure to support.”

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). Over the past decades, AFUWI has provided scholarships and grants and funded many special projects to foster the development of the University of the West Indies

The University community is made up of the 16 member countries of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.


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