The VIAG Fall Scholarship is designed to assist recent high school graduates entering their first-year of an undergraduate or vocational program. Students must be graduates of a high school in the U.S. Virgin Islands or be a high school graduate and child of a member of the Virgin Islands Association. Two (2) awards in the amount of $250 each will be awarded in 2016.
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Be a graduate of a high school in the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix or Water Island) or the British Virgin Islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jos Van Dyke) or be a child of a VIAG member.
- Have received a letter of acceptance and have plans to enroll FULL-TIME in an undergraduate program or a vocational program during the 2016-2017 academic year.
- Completed application. Download the Scholarship Application form.
- Most recent official transcript issued from your High School. Copies or Web printouts are not accepted.
- Two letters of recommendation (teacher, advisor, employer/supervisor, counselor or other individual who can speak to your character, learning proficiency, values and goals) submitted in a sealed envelope with recommenders initials signed across the seal. Recommendations from family members are not permitted.
- One page (sized 8 ½ x 11, single space, one side only) typed essay highlighting academic and career goals and addressing the topic of how your education (supported by this scholarship) will influence the Virgin Islands.
- Proof of acceptance from an institution of learning for the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Copy of SAT or other standardized scores (not required for applicants to vocational programs).
Scholarship Timeline and Due Dates:
|Application Available||July 2016||Award Notifications||October 2016|
|Application Deadline||September 15, 2016
(must be postmarked by 9/15/16)
|Verification of Enrollment||Fall 2016|
|Application Processing||September – October||Award Distribution||October 2016|
|Selections||October 22, 2016|
- Carefully review the scholarship requirements and complete all application instructions.
- Ask a colleague to proofread your documents prior to submission.
- Arrange to have your high school transcript and two confidential letters of recommendation forwarded to the Scholarship Selection Committee.
- Compose your essay on a separate page. Include work experience, leadership experience, community activities, honors and awards, academic goals and career goals (as applicable) as you respond to why it is important for you to receive this scholarship.
- Include a copy of your acceptance letter to a college or university for the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Certify (by signature) that all information provided on the application is true to the best of your knowledge.