The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has announced that applications for its annual academic scholarship cycle for graduate and undergraduate students are now available online. Consistent with the foundation’s mission to enhance the quality of life for children, youth and families in the territory by making enriching opportunities attainable, funds for the scholarships are provided through generous donors to CFVI.
The application deadline has been extended to May 22, 2023. Below are all the scholarships available.
In 2022, CFVI awarded more than $162,631 in scholarship awards to 57 Virgin Islands students. Since awarding the first CFVI Scholarships in 1996 from a bequest from Anna Green Walsh, the foundation has awarded more than $3.7 million in scholarships.
Walsh, a 20-year resident of Frenchman’s Hills, St. Thomas, was a social worker for the City of New York where her supervisor was Hulita Blyden, a native Virgin Islander. When Walsh retired in 1973, she moved to St. Thomas. Her friendships with Attorney James Bough and Thyra Hodge Smith prompted her to bequeath her estate to be distributed in the Virgin Islands as scholarships.
For the 2023-2024 scholarship cycle, CFVI will be awarding academic scholarships based on the following criteria.
An applicant must:
Be a senior in, or graduate of, a U.S. Virgin Islands high school (or a graduate of a high school outside of the territory who can provide documentation that they transferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic or Hurricanes Irma and Maria)
Provide proof of enrollment or admission:
For undergraduate scholarships: Be currently enrolled in or have applied for full-time admission to an accredited institution with a program leading to an Associate or Bachelor’s degree, or a professional certification (depending on specific scholarship criteria).
For graduate scholarships: Be currently enrolled in or have applied for full-time admission to an accredited institution with a program leading to an advanced degree (Master’s, Ph.D., JD, MD, etc.) *Part-time enrollment is sufficient only for the Librarian Legacy Scholarship
Have submitted all reports for previous scholarships received.
CFVI’s scholarship review committee will make recommendations for selection based on the specific criteria of scholarships available, which may include: overall financial need, academic progress, extracurricular activities and answers to essay questions. Each year scholarships are offered spanning a variety of subject/focus areas, such as marine biology, arts/humanities, accounting, early childhood education, education and health sciences. Scholarships specific to students enrolled/enrolling at the University of the Virgin Islands are also available.
Applications for undergraduate and graduate scholarships must be submitted through CFVI’s online portal at www.cfvi.co/ScholarshipPortal. All returning applicants must log in to their previously created account. All new applicants must create a new account with the online scholarship portal.
2023 Undergraduate Scholarships Available
Alexander A. Farrelly Scholarship – Two scholarships of $2,500 each for students pursuing a degree in early childhood education, education or health sciences.
Anna Green Walsh Scholar Award – Up to four $2,500 scholarships for first-generation scholars.
Artrelle M. Wheatley Scholarship – Up to one year full tuition to the University of the Virgin Islands to a student with an outstanding record in community service who will have completed two semesters at UVI (completed freshman year).
Blackhall Family Scholarship
Up to two scholarships of $2,500 each for graduating high school seniors enrolling in technical post-high school education in the fields of plumbing, electrical, automotive, welding and metalwork, masonry, locksmithing or other forms of construction.
An award of $2,500 for a graduating high school senior studying in the fields of secretarial, paralegal, court reporting or some such form of post-high school training.
CAHS Class of 1951 – An award of $2,500 to a graduating senior of Charlotte Amalie High School (CAHS) who is pursuing an undergraduate degree and who has significant financial need.
Coral World Scholarship – $2,500 to a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year student pursuing a four-year degree in science at any accredited college or university, with first preference going to applicants in the fields of environmental science or marine biology.
David O’Connell Accounting Scholarship – $2,500 scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a degree in accounting.
Dish Fund Scholarship – $2,500 scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student whose field of interest is in early childhood, child and family studies or culinary arts, with strong financial need and who was born on St. Thomas.
Falek Family Scholarship – One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 awarded to a graduating high school senior or current college student.
Heavy Materials Scholarship – Up to ten $2,500 scholarships.
Isaac and Rebecca Paiewonsky Scholarship – $2,000 per year for up to four years ($8,000 total) to a graduating high school senior from Charlotte Amalie High School.
Jaci and Jerry Silverberg Trumpet Award – $2,500 scholarship for a student entering or enrolled in an accredited music program at a college or university. Applicants are not required to play the trumpet but must be able to document accomplishments in the field of music.
Judy and Scott Barber Family Scholarship – $2,500 scholarship awarded to one student that has applied to or is currently enrolled in a college or university with significant financial need and a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Junior Angels Scholarship – $2,500 to a previous or current member of CFVI’s volunteer community service program, Junior Angels.
Lana Vento Scholarship – Up to four $2,500 scholarships available to undergraduate or graduate students, preferably students interested in marine and environmental sciences and/or first-generation scholars.
Milan and Aliki Glumidge Scholarship – $2,500 to a student pursuing a degree in hospitality and/or culinary arts.
Next Generation Student Scholarship – Up to four $2,500 scholarships to undergraduate students who are first-generation scholars.
Paradise Jam Scholarship – $2,500 award to a student that has applied to or is currently enrolled in a college or university to pursue an undergraduate degree preferably students studying sports/athletic-related degrees.
Prior Family Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship – One award of $2,500 to assist a Virgin Island student accepted into a performing arts program at a prestigious school.
Real Impact Corporation Scholarship – Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each awarded to a graduating high school senior or current college student pursuing an undergraduate degree in business.
Secret Harbour Scholarship – Up to four scholarships of $3,000 each for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in hospitality and/or culinary arts.
Theodore E. Sharp Scholar Award – Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each to students with outstanding records in community service that have applied to or are continuing in an accredited college or university.
Tunick Family Fund Scholarship – $2,500 award to a student with academic excellence (3.5 GPA or higher) and financial need who is pursuing a degree in business at the University of the Virgin Islands, or any historically black college or university.
Universal Business Supplies Scholarship – $2,500 award to one student that has applied to or is currently enrolled in a college or university with significant financial need and a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Valerie E. Hodge Scholarship – $2,500 award for a graduating high school senior enrolled in a VI high school who has been accepted into a 2-year associate degree program, a 4-year undergraduate program, or a vocational/trade program. The student should currently be in the foster care program through the Department of Human Services (DHS) or have recently transitioned from the program.
2023 Graduate Scholarships Available
CAHS Physician Alumni Scholarship Fund – $5,000 to a CAHS graduate that attended CAHS for at least three years and resided in the USVI for at least five years and who has been accepted to an accredited medical school.
- Raymond Jones Scholarship – An award of $2,500 to a student pursuing a graduate degree in math or science, with priority given to applicants who are currently teaching in the USVI and/or intend to teach in the USVI.
Lawyers’ Scholarship – Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each for Virgin Islands residents enrolled in a U.S. law school, with priority given to St. Croix residents with limited financial resources.
Librarian Legacy Scholarship – $5,000 to a USVI resident who is enrolled in a graduate-level program (full-time or part-time) in the field of library science and information studies, accredited by the American Library Association or a comparable university program.
NSL Graduate Studies Fund Scholarship – An award of $2,500 to a student pursuing a graduate degree in the humanities, social sciences, or the fine arts.
Applicant Checklist (Graduate and Undergraduate students):
2023 Scholarship Application (same application for undergraduate and graduate students).
Transcript with current GPA – Students are required to upload their most recent transcript. Unofficial or official transcripts are accepted.
Student Aid Report, including EFC (Expected Family Contribution) score, from Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) from most recent income tax return.
The deadline for application submission is Monday, May 22, 2023 (11:59 p.m. AST). For any questions or technical assistance, contact Executive Manager Beth Nuttall at email@example.com.
For more information, visit www.cfvi.net/grants-scholarships/scholarships
To access the scholarship FAQ, click here.
If anyone is interested in donating to an existing scholarship fund, or establishing a new scholarship fund, contact CFVI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students are encouraged to apply regardless of academic or financial status. CFVI does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. www.cfvi.net.