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CFVI Announces Recipient of First Annual Librarian Legacy Scholarship

CRUZ BAY – The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) said it is pleased to announce that Carla Sewer, a resident of St. John who is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Library Science at Texas Woman’s University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Librarian Legacy Scholarship.

The scholarship was awarded from the Librarian Legacy Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation.  This Fund was established at CFVI by the Friends of the Elaine I. Sprauve Public Library (“Friends”) on the island of St. John. 

The Librarian Legacy Scholarship, an annual educational scholarship, is available to Virgin Islands residents who are enrolled in graduate-level programs in the fields of Library Science and Information Studies. 

The program must be accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or a comparable university program.  A scholarship of up to $5,000 will be awarded each year to a full-time or part-time student. Priority will be given to applicants who have resided on the island of St. John.

Carol McGuiness, a member of the Friends, who was the beloved librarian at the Sprauve Library for many years, stated the scholarships purpose is to, “read it forward,  investing in someone who will keep advocating for the love of reading and lifelong learning and to improve the accessibility of the library for the people of St. John and the Virgin Islands.”

“We know that many of our students are faced with challenges that may delay the opportunity of pursuing higher education,” said Marie Thomas Griffith, CFVI Board member and Chair of the Foundation’s scholarship committee.

Now, more than ever, we are kindly asking individuals, businesses and organizations to consider establishing a scholarship fund with the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands.

With the support of partners like Friends of the Elaine I Sprauve Library, Virgin Islands students can continue to thrive in their academic careers and become the future leaders of our Territory.”

If you are interested in donating to an existing scholarship fund or establishing a new scholarship fund, contact CFVI at (340) 774-6031 or e-mail

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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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