(Deadline to apply: May 9, 2016)
US Virgin Islands- The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) announces the acceptances of applications for The Next Generation Scholars Program (NGSP), a college access program for first generation college-bound students enrolled in one of the public high schools on St. Thomas.
NGSP provides accepted scholars with the coaching and support necessary to achieve their dreams of higher education. Beginning as early as freshman year, eligible Scholars are supported in high school and beyond. The program works with parents, mentors, donors, school personnel, and educational institutions to prepare Scholars for higher education and success in life. NGSP is funded through a grant from the Lana Vento Charitable Trust to CFVI.
While in high school, Scholars participate in the Saturday College Preparation Academy which focuses on preparation for the college admissions and application process, career awareness and exploration, and life skills training (résumé building, interviewing skills, and personal finance). The program also provides individual college counseling meetings with scholars and their families, and on-site school visits.
In college, Scholars transition to the College Success initiative. Scholars are supported through individualized counseling, assistance with summer employment, preparation for graduate school, and/or a career in their chosen field. NGSP alumni then serve the greater community as mentors.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must:
• Be a current freshman, or sophomore attending a public high school.
• Be the first person in their immediate family to go to college. Applicants are also eligible if one or both parents earned their undergraduate degree part time while raising a family or if the degree was earned from an online educational service provider.
Interested families can access the application online at www.cfvi.fluidreview.com. For any technical assistance, contact the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands at 340-774-6031. The deadline for submission is Monday, May 9, 2016.
About the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
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.