The University of the Virgin Islands will receive a donation of $25,000 from V.I. Rum Industries Ltd., the makers of Cruzan Rum, at an 11 a.m. presentation on Friday, June 13, at the Cruzan Rum headquarters on St. Croix. Donald C. Nelthropp, president of V.I. Rum Industries Ltd., will present UVI President LaVerne Ragster with the donation to support scholarships at UVI.
Since 1987 V.I. Rum Industries has made annual contributions to UVI. With the presentation on Friday, V.I. Rum Industries will have contributed more than $400,000 to the University.
"We believe that by partnering with the University in this manner we can contribute to a well-educated workforce and assist in promoting a better quality of life for our community," Marvin Pickering, senior vice president and chief financial officer for V.I. Rum Industries Ltd. said Pickering is a graduate of UVI's Class of 1985.
"The University continues to be very grateful for its long-term partnership with Cruzan Rum," Joseph Boschulte, UVI's vice president for Institutional Advancement, said. "Over the years Cruzan Rum's generosity has provided opportunities to many students and has helped ensure top quality faculty throughout the University."
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