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Virgin Islands Association Robert Finch Scholarship Awards

About Robert Finch

Robert Finch, son of Earle and Olyve Finch, served as the first President of the Washington, DC based Virgin Islands Association. Under his leadership, the fledgling organization developed a robust membership with a mission of supporting the people of the Virgin Islands. Robert Finch believed in the power of education and held a Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University and a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, both in Social Work. Robert served his military tour of duty in Frankfurt, Germany and worked first in the Virgin Islands for the Department of Health, Division of Mental Health and then as Director of the Drug and Alcohol Division for the Veteran’s Administration, in Washington, DC. We are honored that his family supports the use of his name and inspiration for this scholarship. 

2018 Robert Finch Scholarship Application

Imani Marley-Husbands
                                                                                                             Virgin Islands Association Imani Marley-Husbands Scholarship Awards

About Imani Marley-Husbands 

Imani Marley-Husbands, a member of the Virgin Islands Association since 2012, graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands with a BA in English in 1996. She is a charter member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated's Rho Omicron chapter founded on the St. Thomas Campus. Imani retired from local government in the state of Georgia, DeKalb County department of Purchasing & Contracting in 2015 and currently works as a Sr. Contract Specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta, GA.

The IMH Humanities Scholarship was established in 2015 to support students who are majoring in disciplines within the Humanities, especially English and/or Communications. While an English Major at the University of the Virgin Islands, Mrs. Husbands found it hard to find funding in the way of grants or scholarships for the Humanities. She vowed upon graduation to fund her own scholarship for students that shared her interest in education.

2018 Imani Marley-Husbands Scholarship Application

Beverly Scatliffe 
Virgin Islands Association Beverly Scatliffe Scholarship Fund Awards

About Beverly Scatliffe

Beverly Scatliffe, a native of the St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, graduated in 1988 with a bachelor's degree with a concentration in accounting from the University of Maryland, University College.   Currently, Ms. Scatliffe is a self-employed accounting professional serving not-for-profit organizations and a mentor to youth at WIN family services.

A member of the Virgin Islands Association since 2009, Ms. Scatliffe, a mother, mentor and strong believer in the education of our next generation, seeks to support current college students. She recognizes that funding is not as readily available to students after the Freshman Year and established the Beverly Scatliffe Fund for book scholarships in 2016 to support two returning college students who are passionate about and involved in community service.

2018 Beverly Scatliffe Scholarship Application

2017 VIA Robert Finch Scholarship Recipients
  • Kyarra Titre, (Central HS)-Tennessee Weslyan University, Athens, TN, Anticipated Major: Nursing
  • Genea Matthias, (Frederick Douglas HS, MD)-Towson State University, Towson, MD, Anticipated Major: Early Childhood Education
  • Alina Baltimore, (Educational Complex)-Xavier University of Louisiana,  New Orleans, LA, Anticipated Major: Applied Math

2017 VIA Beverly Scatliffe Scholarship Recipient
  • Jenisha Stapleton, Bryn Mawr, PA Major: Biology (2015 Finch Scholarship Recipient
2016 VIA Robert Finch Scholarship Recipients 
  • Cadesha Frederick-CAHS, attending University of Tampa, Anticipated Major: Pre-Medicine
  • Jendahye Antoine-CAHS, attending University of the Virgin Islands, Anticipated Major: Marine Biology
  • Jovier Adams, CAHS, attending Alabama, A & M, Anticipated Major: Electrical Engineering
2015 VIA Robert Finch Scholarship Recipients
  •  Areannah Agathe (St. Croix Central High School), Loyola University Marylan, MD Anticipated Major: Biology
  • Terresa Liburd (Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School), Seton Hill University, PA, Anticipated Major: Forensic Science
  • Jenisha Stapleton (VI Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy), Bryn Mawr College, PA, Anticipated Major: Biology/Neuroscience

 2014 VIA Robert Finch Scholarship Recipients
  • Jean Devera (Good Hope Country Day School), University of the Virgin Islands - St. Thomas Campus, Anticipated Major:
  • Sheila Joseph (Charlotte Amalie High School), Brown University, Anticipated Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Michael Stuart Liburd, (Charlotte Amalie High School), Michigan Technological University, Major: Biomedical Engineering
 2013 VIA Robert Finch Scholarship Recipients
  • Brianna Benjamin (Ivanna Eudora Kean HS), University of the Virgin Islands - St. Thomas Campus
    Major:  English
  • Kareem Edwards (Good Hope HS), Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA
    Major:  Mechanical Engineering
  • Christine McAllister (All Saints Cathedral HS), Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
    Major: Physical Therapy

2012 VIA Robert Finch Scholarship Recipients

  • Denesha Babrow (Charlotte Amalie HS), University of the Virgin Islands - St. Thomas Campus
    Major:  Nursing
  • Kelia Bradshaw (St. Croix Central HS), Gannon University - Erie, PA
    Major:  Nursing
  • Asenee Flaharty (STT/STJ Seventh Day Adventist), University of the Virgin Islands - St. Thomas Campus
    Major: Biochemistry

2011 VIA Robert Finch Scholarship Recipient
  • Shenique Jeremiah, Roanoke College, Salem, VA

2010 VIA Robert Finch Scholarship Recipients

  • Jennah-Li Jackson, (Country Day School), Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • Kyturah Laurent, (St. Croix Central High School), Bowie State University, Bowie, MD