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Winners of the “55 for 55”: The Great Alumni Challenge Announced

The University of the Virgin Islands 55th Anniversary logo.

The University of the Virgin Islands’ Office of Institutional Advancement announced the winner of the "55 for 55" Great Alumni Challenge on Nov. 28 at a “Pizza on the Lawn” – Social and Fun Day. The winners of the 2017 UVI “55 for 55”:  The Great Alumni Challenge are Julie Arter, class of 1992 and Vernice Rogers, class of 2011.

Arter and Rogers won two round trip tickets to our nation's capital, Washington D.C., two nights and three days stay in a downtown hotel and two tickets to the newly opened Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.  In celebration of the University's 55th Anniversary, alumni and friends who contributed $55 or greater were automatically entered into the drawing. Arter currently lives in Flint, MI and Rogers resides in St. Kitts. Ian Tomlinson ‘88 and Reginald Vigilante ‘88, UVI alumni, and owners of OmniSystems sponsor this prize.

The “55 for 55” campaign empowered alumni chapters in the Virgin Islands and other Caribbean nations to directly fund their very own academic scholarships.  Alumni chapters in St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Maarten, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Eustatius, Saba, St. Maarten, St. Lucia and Dominica amongst others each have formalized scholarships, which will directly benefit students from their countries. In honor of their institutional pride, all funds raised for each country will be awarded to a prospective or current student, as directed by the alumni scholarship.

For more information, contact Linda Smith at (340) 692-4023 or at