Carla Sewer, a St John resident who is working towards a master’s degree in library science at Texas Women’s University, is the winner of the 2018 Librarian Legacy Scholarship.
According to a news release from the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, the scholarship was awarded from the Librarian Legacy Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation. This Fund was established at CFVI by the Friends of the Elaine I. Sprauve Public Library.
The Librarian Legacy Scholarship, an annual educational scholarship, is available to Virgin Islands residents who are enrolled in graduate-level programs in the fields of Library Science and Information Studies. The program must be accredited by the American Library Association or a comparable university program. A scholarship of as much as $5,000 will be awarded each year to a full-time or part-time student. Priority will be given to applicants who have resided on the island of St. John.
Carol McGuiness, a member of the Friends who was the librarian at the Sprauve Library for many years, said the scholarships purpose is to, “read it forward, investing in someone who will keep advocating for the love of reading and lifelong learning and to improve the accessibility of the library for the people of St. John and the Virgin Islands.”
Marie Thomas Griffith, CFVI Board member and chairwoman of the foundation’s scholarship committee, said the award is a reminder that the community’s support is invaluable in making educational opportunities available to the territory’s youth.
“We know that many of our students are faced with challenges that may delay the opportunity of pursuing higher education,” Griffith said. “Now, more than ever, we are kindly asking individuals, businesses and organizations to consider establishing a scholarship fund with the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. With the support of partners like Friends of the Elaine I Sprauve Library, Virgin Islands students can continue to thrive in their academic careers and become the future leaders of our territory.”
Anyone interested in donating to an existing scholarship fund or establishing a new scholarship fund can contact CFVI at 340-774-6031 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.