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Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, July 21, 2024


I would like to share with you, the community, the success your University of the Virgin Islands has had in attracting resources to better serve its students and the Territory. These resources are in addition to the public funds received from the local government, which are used primarily for operational purposes. Further, I want to share with you how contributions from you, the public, have helped to enhance our success.
Over the past year, UVI has been successful in securing over $16 million dollars in federal and local grants and gifts which have been used to support faculty and student research and training, provide scholarships to hundreds of students, support student leadership institutes, establish Saturday science academies for middle school students, provide myriad outreach services and educational workshops for the public, support faculty scholarly activities, conduct environmental, social and economic studies for the betterment of our Territory and nation, and so much more. Of that $16 million-plus, some $675,365 were gifts from donors, both local and non-resident individuals, foundations and businesses. Thank you for helping us surpass our 1999-2000 Annual Fund goal by some 20 percent. Read below about the difference these gifts and grants have made at UVI.
You must have recently read or heard of the national awards our faculty and students have won in recognition of their outstanding achievements, which were supported by these resources. Here are but a few examples of the national recognition gained by our faculty and students:
– Dr. Camille McKayle received the Millennium Award for Excellence in Teaching from the White House making her one of only six other such faculty members selected from HBCU’s;
– Four of our science and mathematics students (Keller Allen, Andie Hodge, Stanford Mings, and Barry Volson) won top prizes at a national undergraduate science and technology competition;
– Sabrina Martyr, a chemistry major, won an undergraduate scholarship award from the National Institutes of Health as one of only 13 other students selected nationwide;
– Seven UVI students were selected by the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund for awards for the 2000-2001 academic year (Leona K. Oscar, Sean J. Richardson, Heather Waring, Marlene Turnbull, Bonnie Ayala, Astrid Julian, and Tanisha N. Mills)
– James Hunt, a humanities major, was recently awarded a scholarship from the Gates Millennium Scholarship which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Hunt is one of only 1,000 GMS scholars selected from 62,000 nominees. Impressive, indeed, for an institution of our size. I believe you will agree that the Territory’s public institution of higher education has done a great job of attracting resources and has used those resources well.
On behalf of the entire University, I thank all who have contributed through their gifts to this success. We have proved your investment in UVI to be a very sound one. I urge you to continue to invest in your University. Your help is needed now more than ever as we work not only to maintain what we have achieved, but to move to even higher levels of excellence. The atmosphere at UVI is alive with anticipation of a new era of service to our students and the entire community. Our pledge is to continue to build aggressively on the solid foundation your support has already helped us to achieve. Believe me, the best is yet to come.

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