VIADC announces annual Scholarship Program for students interested in pursuing higher education

by Mar 17, 2021United States Virgin Islands0 comments

The Virgin Islands Association DC, a non-profit organization founded by Virgin Islands students in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, announces its 2021-2022 Scholarship Program.  Eligible Virgin Islands students are encouraged to apply before the deadline of April 2, 2021.  Information on the application process and the application form can be found on the Association’s website at

The VIADC Scholarship Program has grown to include five scholarships that are awarded each year at the start of the college fall semester.  The VIADC was established forty-one years ago to promote fellowship and foster a sense of belonging and loyalty to the Virgin Islands. The organization is known throughout Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia for its socio-cultural activities including the Summer Fish Fry, Annual Picnic, and the Winter Ball.  In addition to the Scholarship Program, VIADC has conducted food drives for the homeless, hurricane relief drives for the USVI and other Caribbean islands, and most recently donated 10,000 disposable 3-ply masks to the people of the Virgin Islands to combat COVID-19. 

The five awards in the VIADC Scholarship Program are:

  1. The Robert Finch Memorial Scholarship — three (3) $1,000 awards for high school graduates, sponsored by the Association in honor of Mr. Finch, the VIADC’s first President.
  2. The Frett-Joseph Academic Scholarship – two (2) $1,000 awards sponsored by VIADC Lifetime Member, Wistaria J. Joseph, Retired Colonel, USAF in honor of her mother, Florinell Frett Joseph, and grandparents, Ernest and Ovilda Frett.
  3. Arlene Swan Memorial Scholarship – one (1) $1,000 award in honor of Arlene Swan an active charter member of the Virgin Islands Association, sponsored by Ms. Rosalind Connell-Legggett, Ms. Swan’s Colleague and Friend.
  4. The Imani Marley-Husbands Humanities Book Scholarship — for one (1) $250 award for a current college student enrolled at the University of the Virgin Islands, sponsored by Ms.Marley-Husbands, a VIADC member.
  5. The Beverly Scatliffe Scholarship for two (2) $250 awards for students involved in community service, sponsored by Ms. Scatliffe, the 2017-2019 VIADC President.

To be eligible for consideration a student must:

  1. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Be a graduate of a high school in the US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix, or St. John) or be a high school graduate and child of a VIADC member (in good financial standing as of April 1, 2021).
  3. Plan to enroll FULL-TIME in an undergraduate or vocational program during the 2021-2022 academic year.
  4. Complete the appropriate scholarship application and provide the required documents for consideration.