St. Thomas, US. Virgin Islands— The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to ten Virgin Island students to attend marine-related programs this summer. These students will have the opportunity to participate in swimming, boating, and aquatic sporting activities. This is the Foundation’s annual grants program to provide financial aid for students to attend life-enriching summer programs.
With the expansion of the maritime industry and the growing number of marine-related youth programs in the territory, the Foundation felt that it was important to support our youth by making these opportunities available to them. A main goal of the Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for VI youth and to open up opportunities that would not otherwise be available. Funds for these offerings are provided through the generosity of donors who give to unrestricted funding- CFVI Angels.
Students of kindergarten age through juniors in high school were eligible to apply. Decisions were made on the basis of financial need and the quality of the program. Priority was also given to children that were living in foster care. Many of our recipients this year are residents of the Queen Louise Home for Children on St. Croix. Dana Holtz, Director of the Queen Louise Home for Children said, “CFVI is seriously making dreams come true for these children. They will be able to have an experience they may not have been able to have otherwise.”
Our recipients are attending programs such as the St. Croix Adventure Camp, the World Ocean School Summer Program and the Department of Sports, Park, and Recreation Sports Camp.
For more than 25 years, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has been bringing positive change to 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.
Categories: CFVI Highlights