The University of the Virgin Islands received a transformational gift from the Marion & John E.
Anderson Foundation today, August 30, in a ceremony which occurred on the UVI Albert A. Sheen Campus.
UVI is among a group of non-profit organizations in the territory that were selected to be a part of the Family’s
philanthropic efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This investment will be among the most
significant gifts the University has received in recent years.
The Anderson Family will establish the TOPA Endowment with an initial $2 million investment.
Annually, the fund will generate approximately $100,000 in scholarship funding for students who graduate from
one of the local public high schools and enroll to attend UVI. Through the endowment, 20 students will receive
full $5,000 scholarships with 10 dedicated to the Albert A. Sheen on St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses
UVI President, Dr. David Hall said that this commitment will serve as the lead gift in the University’s
campaign to provide free tuition to all students who graduate from one of the territory’s local high schools.
“The University is working with several public and private partners to embrace this ambitious goal that will
have a resounding impact on the lives of the people of the Virgin Islands,” said Dr. Hall. “The commitment
from the Anderson family is received at the perfect time, as we are steadfast in the belief that an educated
workforce is among the most pressing issues the University can address for the territory.”
UVI Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Mitchell Neaves said that the establishment of the
TOPA Endowment will provide many deserving Virgin Islanders with the financial resources needed to
actualize a brighter future. “The impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria continue to make everyday life in our
communities a challenge,” said Neaves. “We thank the Marion and John E. Anderson Foundation for their
Chairman of the Marion and John Anderson Foundation, Judy Munzig said the foundation is very happy
to be the lead gift in the University of the Virgin Islands goal towards making secondary education achievable
for all graduates of Virgin Islands high schools. “The University is so important in ensuring an educated
workforce to drive the economic growth needed in the territory,” said Munzig. “This endowment will benefit
the youth of the territory now and for generations to come.”
Topa Equities VI President, Richard Berry said, UVI is vital to the future economic success of the
USVI. “We have long supported UVI and are thrilled to be able to further our group’s commitment, not only to
UVI, but also to youth of our territory in a significant way,” said Berry. “Numerous of our group’s employees
are either graduates of UVI or have furthered their education at this institution.”
The Anderson Family operates a number of businesses in the Virgin Islands including Topa Insurance
Services, Topa Properties, Bellows International, and West Indies Company, Leeward Islands Management and
Dorchester Insurance Company. Throughout the years these companies have supported UVI’s Afternoon on the
Green, the FUVI Celebrity Golf Classic and the Reichhold Center for the Arts.
The generous gift from the Marion & John E. Anderson Foundation will be invested in the Foundation
for the University of the Virgin Islands (FUVI) as a restricted fund. FUVI manages a number of donor restricted
funds which support the overarching mission of the University.
ABOUT THE MARION AND JOHN E. ANDERSON FOUNDATION
The Marion and John E. Anderson Foundation is a philanthropic organization through which the Anderson
Family supports educational, healthcare, and other community-based organizations including UCLA, Children’s
Hospital Los Angeles, and many other organizations. The Anderson Grants in the USVI have supported
teachers and their students for two decades.