Street Level VI Awards Hughley Prince Scholarship to New Testament Academy

Priscilla Lynn, founder of Street Level VI, front row left, with New Testament Academy students and staff Divya Lawrence, music teacher and Principal Jervina Kennedy-Dowers, Akydia Smith, and Keiori Francois; and back row, from left, Ky’Dre Earle, Kriston Ward, Te’Mhani Joseph and Joshua Winston. (Photo by PrisCo  for Street Level VI)

The U.S. Virgin Islands lost its beloved Hughley Prince in January 2021. This popular St. Thomian was a talented musician, friend, family man, educator, entrepreneur and community activist. To honor him, Street Level VI (SLVI) launched the SLVI Hughley Prince Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship recipient is New Testament Academy (NTA) which has received a donation to support its youth music education program, according to the academy’s director Jervina Kennedy-Dowers.

Funding was lovingly provided by: Street Level, the Sts. Peter and Paul Class of ’74, Cindy and Paul Talbert of IGC USVI Foundation Inc., Susan Q. Britton, Eileen Short, P.T. of Healing Tree Physical Therapy Center, Christa and Gregory Tyson, and Freddie Rabuse.

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“We have not had an after-school music program since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the teaching of music theory as an elective continued through the pandemic online, and now in person. The Street Level VI Hughley Prince Memorial Scholarship allows us to spearhead relaunching the Steel Pan Division of our youth music education program, get maintenance for the existing equipment, lessons for the students and secure instructors,” said Kennedy-Dowers.

The New Testament Academy is a Christian establishment with emphasis on both the academics and Christian ethics. It was born out of a desire to provide a healthy, learning environment for students and staff who will “strive for excellence.”

For more information, call 775-5871 or visit www.thevinta.org

Street Level VI (SLVI) was founded three years ago by V.I. businesswoman Priscilla Lynn. It showcases the USVI live music scene. In addition, this one-stop source features noteworthy industry news, upcoming performance schedules of USVI musicians and bands, and it supports the island’s youth music education programs.

To date, donations and scholarships have been awarded to G-Clef Music Academy of St. Thomas and St. Croix, the St. John School of the Arts, and the Panyard People Inc.

For more information on Street Level VI, visit facebook.com/groups/StreetLevelVI or call 227-8451.