Community Foundation Awards $140,000 in Scholarships

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands hosted its annual awards reception July 21 at Antilles School, awarding $140,000 in scholarships to students, scholars and teachers and honoring its donors and volunteers.

This year, CFVI awarded $100,000 in academic scholarships to 58 students. Undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to attend schools such as the University of the Virgin Islands, American University and University of South Florida.

CFVI scholarships range from $500-$4,000. Scholarships such as the Isaac & Rebecca Paiewonsky Scholarship and the Milan & Aliki Glumidge Memorial Scholars Award will provide funding for students for up to four consecutive years. Firstbank VI sponsored the reception.

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“In addition to the preservation of our precious natural resources, the greatest gift we can offer to our youth is the ability to access and pursue their higher education,” Marie Thomas-Griffith, CFVI’s scholarship committee chair, said in a statement. “No more noble pursuit is there than ensuring that when one generation passes the torch to another that its light will be sustained for future generations to come.”

CFVI also awarded $40,000 in grants to 43 individuals. Students throughout the territory were able to attend college preparatory programs and dance, music and marine-related camps this summer thanks to CFVI’s generous donors.

At the reception, the winners of the 2016 Laws of Life Essay contest were presented with monetary prizes. The Laws of Life Essay contest is an initiative of the John Templeton Foundation and was first introduced to the Virgin Islands in 2001 by the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation.

Laws of Life is a character education program to motivate students to think and write about their personal values. Students of the territory’s four public high schools are invited to participate. Students who were honored this year wrote essays containing themes of self-acceptance, forgiveness, learning from mistakes, and treating others with respect. To date, the Gruber Foundation has invested about $450,000 in grants to provide student and teacher prizes and recognition.

CFVI has awarded scholarships to Virgin Islands students since 1996. In a statement released from the foundation, CFVI emphasizes it is looking to get in touch with as many past scholarship recipients as possible and asks that “scholarship alumni” contact them at 774-6031 or visit the website at  http://www.cfvi.net/ to fill out the scholarship recipient questionnaire. Questionnaires can also be submitted by email to [email protected].

 

Award Recipients:

 

Kissa Williams, Alexander Farrelly Scholarship, St. Thomas

Alexander Athanase, Anna Green Walsh Scholarship, St. Thomas

Sh’Nae Cayla Carr, Anna Green Walsh Scholarship, St. Croix

Louisa Fredey, Anna Green, Walsh Scholarship, St. Thomas

Chanae Ottley, Anna Green Walsh Scholarship, St. Croix

Irvin Mason Jr., Anna Green Walsh Scholarship, St. Thomas

Ajayi Pickering-Haynes, Anna Green Walsh Scholarship, St. Thomas

Chasen Richards, Anna Green Walsh Scholarship, St. Croix

Shaedaya Varlack, Anna Green Walsh Scholarship, St. Thomas

Nirisha Commodore, Artrelle M. Wheatley, St. Thomas

Jovier Adams, CAHS Class of 1951 Scholarship, St. Thomas

Jamal Adrien, CAHS Class of 1951 Scholarship, St. Thomas

Briault Atemazem, CAHS Class of 1951 Scholarship, St. Thomas

Nathan Meersman, Coral World Scholarship, St. Thomas

Andrea R. Burgess, Heavy Materials Scholarship, St. Thomas

Alex Cintron, Heavy Materials Scholarship, St. Croix

Karen Dascent, Heavy Materials Scholarship, St. Croix

Shaquanee Fenton, Heavy Materials Scholarship, St. Croix

Rudel Hodge Jr., Heavy Materials Scholarship, St. Thomas

Aliyah John, Heavy Materials Scholarship, St. Thomas

Estelle E. Jules, Heavy Materials Scholarship, St. Croix

Hadiyah Shabazz, Heavy Materials Scholarship, St. Croix

Jeanna Sujanani, Heavy Materials Scholarship, St. Thomas

Janelle Hodge (2013), Isaac & Rebecca Paiewonsky Scholarship, St. Thomas

Tori Huyghue (2014), Isaac & Rebecca Paiewonsky Scholarship, St. Thomas

Joash Lake (2015), Isaac & Rebecca Paiewonsky Scholarship, St. Thomas

Tommy Wise (2016), Isaac & Rebecca Paiewonsky Scholarship, St. Thomas

Jemica Gumbs, J. Raymond Jones Scholarship, St. Thomas

Yash Bajaj, Kimberly Brin Scholarship, St. Thomas

Jan-Alexis Barry (Graduate), Lana Vento Scholarship, St. Thomas

Antonio Farchette, Lana Vento Scholarship, St. Croix

Brianna Hairston, Lana Vento Scholarship, St. Thomas

Amali Krigger, Lana Vento Scholarship, St. Croix

Jenisha Stapleton, Lana Vento Scholarship, St. Thomas

Muhammad Ali, Marvin A. Blyden Scholarship, St. Thomas

Felicea Fontenelle, Marvin A. Blyden Scholarship

St. Thomas, Jemoi Gibbs, Marvin A. Blyden Scholarship, St. Thomas

Peter Jean-Baptiste, Marvin A. Blyden Scholarship, St. Thomas

Takia Joseph, Marvin A. Blyden Scholarship, St. Thomas

Joan Merrifield, Marvin A. Blyden Scholarship, St. Thomas

Kayla Webster, Marvin A. Blyden Scholarship, St. Thomas

Shani Cook, Milan & Aliki Glumidge Memorial Scholars, St. Croix

Alliyah Desout, Milan & Aliki Glumidge Memorial Scholars, St. Thomas

Alvante Frett, Milan & Aliki Glumidge Memorial Scholars, St. Thomas

Aron Gumbs, Milan & Aliki Glumidge Memorial Scholars, St. Thomas

Sherise Gumbs, Milan & Aliki Glumidge Memorial Scholars, St. Thomas

Kushakiniah Maduro, Milan & Aliki Glumidge Memorial Scholars, St. Thomas

Sarah Sookraj, Milan & Aliki Glumidge Memorial Scholars, St. Croix

Raeniqua Kierra Victorine, Next Generation Scholars Scholarship, St. Thomas

Karena Roberts-Lavinier, NSL Graduate Studies Scholarship, St. Thomas

Jean Devera, Theodore E. Sharp Scholar Award, St. Croix

Lester Frett, Tunick Family Fund Scholarship, St. Thomas

Ella Barr, Prior Family Interlochen Scholarship, St. Thomas

Lidell Hanley, Prior Family Interlochen Scholarship, St. Croix

Vivia Webster, Prior Family Interlochen Scholarship, St. Croix

– UVI “Math Behind the Science” program, J. Raymond Jones Summer Enrichment Grant, St. Thomas

Keshawn Hardy, Jerry Silverberg Trumpet Award, St. Croix

– Queen Louise Home for Children, Summer Enrichment Grants, St. Croix

World Ocean School, Summer Enrichment Grants, St. Croix

 
Laws of Life Essay Contest Winners

Jonisha Aubain, CAHS, St. Thomas

Tianna Belcher, CAHS, St. Thomas

K’vonte’ Dowe, CAHS, St. Thomas

Ashley Fernandez, CAHS, St. Thomas

Shania Grell, CAHS, St. Thomas

Latisha Liburd, CAHS, St. Thomas

Mary-Alice Prosper, CAHS, St. Thomas

Myles Todman, CAHS, St. Thomas

Deh’Shaniece Colon, IEKHS, St. Thomas

Keyrah Gumbs, IEKHS, St. Thomas

Keari Parris, IEKHS, St. Thomas

Arianna Watson, IEKHS, St. Thomas

Ellaina Wyllis, IEKHS, St. Thomas

Karian Acevedo, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix

Martisha Charles, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix

Tikory Felix, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix

Richel A. Ince, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix

Angelina Lang, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix

Angeline Lacdao, St. Croix Educational Complex High School, St. Croix

Reinella Labadie, St. Croix Educational Complex High School, St. Croix

Habeeda O’Neill, St. Croix Educational Complex High School, St. Croix

Laws of Life Essay Contest Winners

(Teachers)

Aimee Galtes, CAHS, St. Thomas

Sharon Martin, CAHS, St. Thomas

Antis Birmingham, CAHS, St. Thomas

Saraan Arnold, IEKHS, St. Thomas

Kendra Vickers, IEKHS, St. Croix

Reed Hapke, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix

Dinah Browne, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix

Lizette Llanos, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix

Charlene Spencer, St. Croix Educational Complex High School, St. Croix

Natasha Liburd, St. Croix Educational Complex High School, St. Croix

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