The J. Raymond Jones Fund at CFVI Donates to the Mathematics Behind the Science Program at UVI

St. Thomas, US. Virgin Islands- The Mathematics Behind the Science Summer Program (MBS) at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has received a grant of $14,764 from the J. Raymond Jones Fund at the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands(CFVI). MBS is a college preparation program for college-bound students who are majoring in Science, Mathematics, Engineering or Technology (STEM). The residential program meets with the students daily for six weeks during the summer. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in scientific reading and writing courses, attend career sessions by practicing scientist and gain computing and analytical skills. Students will also experience 3-4 field trips during the course of the program.

The donation will provide room and board, and transportation for 18-22 students. It will also provide salary, housing and meals for teaching and resident assistants. The aim of this program is to serve as a bridge between high school and college level mathematics and to increase success and retention rates for STEM students. MBS has helped hundreds of students, matriculate successfully through UVI and has provided them with the tools to excel in STEM careers.

The J. Raymond Jones Fund was established in 2010 at CFVI. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to foster excellence in the fields of mathematics and the natural sciences for resident students and teachers of the USVI, by providing grants and scholarships, sponsoring workshops, conferences and other studies that foster and enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. Dr. Judith A. Grybowski, spokesperson for the J Raymond Jones Fund said, “The Fund focuses on assuring that our students in the Virgin Islands can be supported to reach their potential in math and science. Through the Mathematics Behind Science program, we have seen many remarkable success stories. We are proud to be able to help students at UVI reach their goals.”

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For 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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