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Summer Enrichment Program & Scholarships  

Marc Stridiron
 Marc Stridiron
(@Marc Stridiron)

Hi All-

I’ve seen some questions on this board about educational opportunities and extra-curricular activities for V.I. students (particularly home schoolers), so I thought I’d post this information. Hope it’s of value…

Virgin Islands High School students are encouraged to apply for admission to the 2007 Junior Statesmen Summer School, a challenging and dynamic month-long program for academically talented Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors. Summer School students take exciting college level courses in Government and Speech, debate controversial topics in nightly Congressional simulations, meet and question government leaders in a high level speakers program, and develop and polish their leadership skills. The program is held on the campuses of four of America’s most prestigious universities: Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.; Yale University in New Haven, CT; Stanford University, near San Francisco, CA; and Princeton University, in New Jersey.

The U.S. Department of the Interior will award four scholarships (two for full tuition and two for half tuition) to the top applicants in the territory. These scholarships also cover round-trip airfare to the program. Students who do not receive DOI funding will be able to apply for local scholarships provided by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands and other local organizations. Fundraising groups will also be formed on both islands to coordinate and support the students’ fundraising efforts.

The Department of the Interior has sponsored and supported Junior Statesmen’s efforts to recruit students from U.S. Insular areas for over 15 years. Almost 100 students from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia attend the program each year. More than two hundred Virgin Islanders (including me) have participated in the program since 1991, with fifteen students attending last year.

Interested students and parents can attend informational meetings which will be held at all of the territory’s high schools over the next two weeks. I’ll also be discussing the Junior Statesmen program this evening on Talk2 at 8:30 PM, so please take a look. If you’re interested, or have any questions, please contact me at 714-6640 or

Posted : November 28, 2006 8:47 pm

Thanks for the post. I've heard a little bit about the program in passing, but the interview on Talk2 (I only caught the first half) really opened my eyes. The scholarship from Interior doesn't hurt either. I just imagine how much better off we'd be if our government "leaders" had gotten this kind of training when they were in school. Maybe you can covince your collegues to start an Adult school?

Can you tell us when you'll be visiting the schools?

Posted : November 30, 2006 10:46 am
Marc Stridiron
 Marc Stridiron
(@Marc Stridiron)


Here's the schedule for the school visits. Any school that isn't listed will be scheduled in the next few days.

We will also hold a few information sessions for interested students, parents, and teachers. The St. Thomas sessions will be held on Thursday, Decmber 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 and on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Justice Department's Law Library (located on the ground floor of the GERS complex). The St. Croix session will be held on Friday, December 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Superior Court Library.

St. Thomas
WED., NOVEMBER 29th 12:45 PM Montessori School
THU., NOVEMBER 30th 11:00 AM All Saints School
FRI., DECEMBER 1st 12:45 PM Church of God Academy
TUE., DECEMBER 5th 1:00 PM Saints Peter & Paul School
WED., DECEMBER 6th 12:30 PM Antilles School
THU., DECEMBER 7th 11:00 AM Charlotte Amalie High School

St. Croix
TUE., DECEMBER 5th 8:30 AM Manor School
10:00 AM Central High School
2:00 PM Country Day School

WED., DECEMBER 6th 9:15 AM Good Hope School
10:30 AM Seventh Day Adventist School
12:45 PM St. Joseph’s High School


Posted : December 4, 2006 1:26 pm
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