December 19, 2019 / 5 mins read

U.S. Virgin Islands – The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) 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 scholarship’s 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.”

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


For more than 25 years the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has been a catalyst for positive change in the Territory through initiatives committed to youth, learning, family support and the environment. With a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors composed of community leaders, CFVI is a trusted advocate and supporter of programs that ensure opportunity and sustainability for current and future generations. Most recently, CFVI has been serving as a vehicle for receiving and distributing funds to support hurricane relief efforts throughout the Territory. In addition to providing administrative oversight to over 100 named funds, and programs, CFVI is focused on meeting the emergency, immediate and long-term needs of children, youth and families in the aftermath of two Category 5 hurricanes. CFVI is a registered non-profit organization entirely supported by individual donors, grants, trusts, corporate donations, and estate planning.