Updated: 7/14/2014 4:56 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION
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DATE: July 11, 2014
AT&T has awarded the University of the Virgin Islands a grant of $30,000 in support of the University’s 2014 Summer Bridge Program. Summer Bridge is a free, five-week, residential program offered on UVI’s campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix. It is designed to strengthen the critical reading, writing and math skills of participating students with intensive classroom work, while improving their chances for success in college. It is open to students who have graduated from high school and are planning to enter UVI in the fall.
Summer Bridge officially started on Saturday, June 21, with a joint opening ceremony videoconferenced between St. Thomas and St. Croix. Following that, individual familiarization sessions were held for the parents of the students who are now living in UVI residence halls. Classes began on Monday, June 23.
“We are grateful to have received this funding from AT&T,” said Maria Fleming, interim director of UVI’s Center for Student Success, which oversees the program. “This generous donation has made it possible for us to accept an additional 10 students into this year’s program. Since the Summer Bridge Program helps give these students a jump start into their college careers at the University of the Virgin Islands, without having to take any remedial courses, the students are more likely to complete their programs in a timely manner.”
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