The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has announced its 2019-2020 academic scholarship awards and grants to 80 undergraduate and seven graduate students. Marie Thomas Griffith, chair of the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee and member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, said, “At CFVI, we are committed to continuing our efforts to increase the level of support available for talented and dedicated Virgin Islands students.”
Thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation’s donors, these 87 Virgin Islands students will receive financial support to attend schools such as George Mason University, Boston University, Drexel University, Florida State University, Berklee College of Music, Temple University, Howard University and the University of the Virgin Islands.
CFVI scholarships and grant awards for this academic cycle total more than $205,000, in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000. This year, the single largest source of Foundation scholarship support was provided by Heavy Materials LLC, which awarded $57,500 in scholarships to 23 students.
Also awarded for the first time this year was $17,000 in Next Generation Scholar Grants of $1,000 each to graduating high school seniors who identified themselves as members of a family in which they will be in the first generation who would be college or university graduates. The Community Foundation believes that equal access to higher education is a key to making positive change within the community, and it is honored to be able to provide this additional support to dedicated students.
Since 1996, the Foundation has awarded an increasing number of scholarships. To date, more than $3 million has been awarded in scholarships to over 1,000 V.I. students. This year the Foundation is pleased to report the establishment of 12 new scholarships to be awarded for the first time.
For a complete list of scholarships, see below or visit www.cfvi.net.
Congratulations to all of our 2019 Scholarship recipients:
David Dawson III
George Francis II
Johanna Gonzalez Weekes
Gabriel Reed Jr.
Joseph Sibilly Jr.
Aliyia St. John
Deon St. Jules
If any family, organization or business is interested in providing scholarships next year, please consider establishing a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. The scholarship application, review and award process are managed by the Foundation. All you need to do is name your fund and begin fundraising for 2020.
Because of CFVI Angel donors, scholarship funds at CFVI are able to operate without any administrative fees. Angels make annual gifts of $500 or more to the Foundation. Thanks to CFVI Angels 100 percent of scholarship funds will continue to benefit students’ academic commitments.
The Foundation will commence its Spotlight on Scholars, which will be available on CFVI’s various social media platforms, so stay tuned. The Foundation would like to hear from former scholarship recipients. Please take a moment to visit this link and fill out the questionnaire https://cfvi.co/SchRecReq