Albert A. Sheen Scholarships are awarded to two V.I. high school seniors who have already been accepted to a college or university to pursue a degree in one of the following disciplines: accounting, business administration, business management, engineering or related fields. The scholarship is named in honor of the late attorney Albert A. Sheen, who served as the legal counsel for the Virgin Islands Telephone Corporation, which is currently doing business as Innovative Telephone. Each student is awarded a one-time $10,000 scholarship to be used for tuition only.
Hector Acosta Jr. of St. Croix and Marcus Norkaitis of St. Thomas were selected. These outstanding individuals were chosen from a total of 36 applicants. Each of them will receive the tuition-only scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Acosta is an 18-year-old honors graduate from the St. Croix Central High School. In addition to excelling in the classroom, he has demonstrated his leadership skills while serving as Class President of the St. Croix Central High Class of 2016, CHS drum major and Youth President at the Trinity Wesleyan Holiness Church. Acosta will enter Morehouse College this fall to major in business management and communications.
Innovative is proud of its significant, long-standing relationship with the University of the Virgin Islands and pleased to award four one-time scholarships of $5,000 to accomplished, recently graduated high school students who will attend UVI in the fall of 2016. The Innovative-UVI Scholarships are awarded to two scholars in each district, and the funds will be used for tuition, books and materials.
St. Croix’s scholarship recipients are Deney Matthew from St. Croix Central High School and Nathalia Seville from St. Croix Educational Complex. Recipients from the St. Thomas-St. John District are Murphy Christopher from Virgin Islands Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy and Trent Stedman from Charlotte Amalie High School. Christopher, Matthew and Stedman intend to study business management; Seville is seeking a degree in computer science.
Jennifer Matarangas-King, vice president of public relations and governmental affairs for the Innovative Companies, said, “Innovative has bestowed over $300,000 in college scholarships to talented Virgin Islands high school graduates over the last six years. Further, we remain committed to providing $60,000 to UVI for scholarships over the next three years as we continue to work closely with the territory’s only university and one of our strategic partners in the development of the next generation of Virgin Islands trailblazers.”
Mitchell Neaves, vice president of institutional advancement for UVI, said, “Innovative Companies recognize the importance of making an investment in the first-year experience of our students. An appropriate level of academic, social and financial support provided to students during their transition to college helps to ensure success. UVI appreciates Innovative’s steadfast commitment to supporting student achievement and cultivating innovation throughout our various university programs.”
“The Innovative Companies are extremely proud of our scholarship recipients, and we wish them heartfelt congratulations as they pursue their academic endeavors. We are delighted to be able to provide significant financial assistance to help them pursue their scholastic and career goals,” Matarangas-King concluded.