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Students In The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Qualify For Discounted Tuition At New Jersey University Because Of Irma and Maria

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NEWARK — College students in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico whose studies have been halted by the recent hurricanes are being offered an educational lifeline by New Jersey City University, according to New Jersey dot com.

The state college in Jersey City is offering those students tuition-free study this semester and a chance to continue attending NJCU free in the spring with  scholarship funds. NJCU also will provide students with a housing scholarship of $2,000 per semester.

Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are struggling to recover after they were slammed by hurricanes Maria and Irma last month. Much of Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. John are still without power.

“The NJCU community is supplementing its efforts to provide material resources to those in need by extending to students in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands the opportunity to move forward with their higher education and prepare for careers that will help to rebuild their lives and their homelands,” NJCU President Sue Henderson said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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