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Next Generation Scholars Info


MISSION
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 freshman 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. 
 
FOCUS
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.  Scholars 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. 
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
  1. Applicants must be a rising freshman, sophomore, and junior in the 2017-2018 School Year.
  2. Applicants must be attending or planning to attend a local public high school on St. Thomas.
  3. Applicants must be a first generation college bound student - the first person in their immediate family to go to college.
  4. Applicants are also eligible if one or both parents earned their undergraduate degree part time while raising a family.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS
September 22, 2017:  Application Deadline
October 5, 2017:  Selection Notification Deadline (email notifications)
October 21, 2017:  The Induction Ceremony

Applications will be received on a rolling basis. Students that miss the fall deadline, still have until February 23rd to submit the application. Eligible applicants will be inducted into the program during the Spring semester.
 
The Next Generation Scholars Program
c/o The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
P.O. Box 11790, St. Thomas, USVI 0080-4790
Phone:  (340) 774-6031, Fax: (340) 774-3852
Program Coordinator:  Patricia Swan, College Coach