CFVI Awards $38,000 in Summer Enrichment Grants

Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI)

Announces Award of $38,000 in Summer Enrichment Grants

Virgin Islands— The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) is well-known for making annual grants to local organizations that are serving children through quality programs. In 2015, CFVI decided to offer this financial assistance directly to students and their families. Oftentimes, quality programming for children is cost-prohibitive for parents hoping to enroll their children in such programs. The CFVI Summer Enrichment Scholarship Program supports local students age Kindergarten to High School Juniors, to make enriching opportunities available for low to moderate income young people. The grants, which range in size from $500 to $2,500 were made to students on all three islands.

“The purpose of CFVI Summer Enrichment scholarships is to offer opportunities for children who would not be able to participate without this financial support; especially those students facing difficult life circumstances. We want to make sure that children living in challenging situations are specifically supported. When I think about what the Community Foundation, this is what I picture…the generosity of community members extended to young people so that their lives can be further enriched,” said President Dee Baecher-Brown.

CFVI awarded more than $25,000 to 20 students through Summer Enrichment Scholarships. CFVI hopes to maximize the impact of scholarships and decided this year to show priority to children of incarcerated parents and children living in foster care.  With a wide range of applications including arts programs, pre-medical and pre-engineering programs, the Junior Statesman of America program (JSA), sports programs and more, applicants truly embodied the diverse talents of VI young people. In addition, two special Arts scholarships were provided by the Prior Family Scholarship Fund.

Through the J. Raymond Jones Fund at CFVI, the Foundation provided another enrichment grant in the amount of $13,000 to the Mathematics Behind the Science Program at the University of the Virgin Islands.  This program enhances the mathematics preparedness of college-bound students who are interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering, technology or medicine.

Funds for these summer offerings are provided through the generosity of donors who give to unrestricted funding- CFVI Angels. If you’re interested in supporting work like this, please contact CFVI at 774-6031 or visit their website at www.cfvi.net.

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For almost 25 years, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has been bringing positive changes in the Territory through programs committed to youth, learning, family support and the environment.  With a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors composed of local community leaders, CFVI is a leading advocate and supporter of programs that give children the best starts possible while ensuring opportunity and sustainability for our community in the future.  CFVI operates or funds close to 50 community programs including The Family Connection, Kids Count, scholarships, teacher grants, emergency grants to families and elderly residents of the USVI.  CFVI is a registered non-profit entirely supported by individual donors, grants, trusts, corporate donations and estate planning.

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