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Community Foundation of V.I. Starts Estelle Parrott Scholarship Fund This Year

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) is pleased to announce the availability of a new CFVI scholarship — the Estelle Parrott Scholarship — which will be available for the first time for the 2019-2020 academic year.

This scholarship will be funded annually through the Estelle Parrott Scholarship Fund, which was established at CFVI to honor the memory of Estelle Christian Parrott. 

Parrott was known as a very generous woman who cared deeply for the community and particularly for the young people of the U. S. Virgin Islands, which had been her home. Estelle believed in the importance of doing one’s best and working hard to improve and to continue to learn.

Her commitment to “education as the backbone to any society” and to “helping others move forward and not stay in one place,” are reflected in the scholarship, which will provide a grant of $1,000 to be used to pay for education-related expenses of a young Virgin Islander who is experiencing financial challenges.

The recipient of the Estelle Parrott Scholarship will be a student enrolled in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of study at the University of the Virgin Islands and will be selected from the pool of all CFVI scholarship applicants as part of the annual CFVI scholarship committee review.

Students may submit a CFVI scholarship application through April 15, 2019, using the following online portal:

All applicants (new and returning) must create an account with Foundant before they begin the application process. Applicants will then receive a confirmation email once the account has been established.

For any questions or technical assistance, contact CFVI Grants and Programs Manager, Khadija de Lagarde, at or 340-774-6031

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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