An initiative of the Community Foundation (CFVI) of the Virgin Islands and funded by the Lana Vento Fund for the Virgin Islands, the Next Generation Scholars Program (NGSP) provides first generation college-bound students enrolled in one of the public schools on St. Thomas with the coaching and support necessary to help them achieve their dreams of higher education. Beginning as early as their sophomore year, eligible scholars are supported in high school and beyond to ensure success in college. NGS scholars then become mentors to other high school students in the Virgin Islands.
The program works with parents, mentors, donors, school personnel and educational institutions to prepare scholars for higher education and success in life. Parental participation is a key component of the program and is done through workshops, seminars and individual family meetings.
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. They 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.
Applicants must be a current freshman, sophomore or junior attending a public high school.
Applicants must be a first generation college-bound student — 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.
For information on the applications process, contact Patricia Swan, college coach and program coordinator, by e-mailing CFVINGS@gmail.com.
Jan. 26: Application is available online.
March 7: Application Deadline
March 20-21: Applicant Interviews
March 28: Selection Notification Deadline (e-mail notifications)
April 22: An Induction Ceremony
May 9: The New Member Meeting
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