The University of the Virgin Islands has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to incoming freshmen. Twelve UVI freshmen will receive scholarships ranging in amounts from $2,800 to $60,000. The recipients are Aletia Hodge, Tiana Brown and Kiana Woods of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School; Cara Spencer and Derron Callwood of Seventh Day Adventist School; Kia Griffith, J'Nique Smith, Karina Austin and Brandys Scott of Central High School; Marisha Perkins of Educational Complex; Aniqua Donadelle and Franique Ryan of Charlotte Amalie High School; and Ch'Koia Bryan of Antilles School.
In order to be considered for the scholarships the students had to have a minimum high school cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 and plan to attend UVI full-time. The students were ranked by total SAT or ACT scores for scholarship consideration.
While most of the scholarships are for the 2009-2010 academic year, in order to be eligible for continued scholarship assistance, recipients must be enrolled full-time in UVI and maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.0. The recipients of four-year scholarships must maintain a 3.2 CGPA for continued scholarship eligibility.
"UVI scholarships are funded primarily through contributions made by the University's corporate, alumni and community partners," said Ardrina Scott Elliott, UVI's director of Advancement Services and Scholarships. "Thank you one and all for assisting the University in its mission of Specializing in Futures."