Grants & Scholarships

Grants & Scholarships

Strategic Grantmaking: Collecting Data and Building Models

St. Croix Foundation’s grantmaking provides community stakeholders and businesses with targeted opportunities to positively address the most pressing social needs through strategic grantmaking and scholarship programs that span extracurricular activities, academic skill-building, youth leadership development, community, and capacity building initiatives – and so much more.

Grants & Scholarships

We are focused on awarding high-impact grants with an emphasis on equity and capacity building. The Foundation provides individualized support to grant and scholarship recipients and is developing rigorous practices which build the capacity of our partners while ensuring oversight of the investments we are entrusted to make. Our dedicated grants management team routinely engages our donors and evaluates our Funds to ensure the Foundation’s priorities are aligned with current and emerging needs in our Community.

Our Open Funds & How to Submit an Application

Please review the list of our Grant and Scholarship Funds below. Inquiries and applications should be directed to staff@stxfoundation.org. The following are St. Croix Foundation’s funds which are currently accepting applications.

Grant and Scholarship Funds

The Aston Wayne Harty Community Fund was established in 2023 in honor and memory of the life of Aston Wayne Harty. To support this special fund, click here: https://www.stxfoundation.org/give-now/?fund=St.%20Croix%20Foundation%20Funds

Established in 2013, this Fund supports public school students, educational programs, and cultural activities on the island of St. Croix. DIAM’s past awards include the Roseway Sailing Program, St. Croix Central High School, and the St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. To date, the DIAM Fund has awarded $314,124.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Limited funds are available.
Eligibility: Organizations

The Foundation Scholars Fund was initially established in 2005 by a generous donor who wished to provide support to young adults attending the University of the Virgin Islands and majoring in business. Since then, the Foundation Scholars Fund has broadened to provide scholarships for youth pursuing summer enrichment opportunities, adults pursuing certification or professional development, and traditional scholarships for higher education. To date, the Foundation Scholars Fund has awarded $43,735 in scholarships.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Limited funds are available.
Eligibility: Individuals

The Lang-Wise STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Scholarship Fund was established in the fall of 2022 at St. Croix Foundation by St. Croix resident and engineer Raydiance Wise in an effort to ‘pay forward’ the support she received from multiple organizations when she was pursuing a STEM degree. Recognizing that scholarships help to cover significant costs associated with higher education, this award is designed to encourage students to pursue STEM-related fields of study by offsetting expenses related to travel, clothing, textbooks, and other expenses that become burdensome. The Fund supports graduating seniors from public, private, or parochial schools on the island of St. Croix and has awarded $18,900 to date.

Accepting Applications: May 15
Application Due Date: June 14
Eligibility/ Criteria: Please review the Application Guidelines carefully before applying.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Visit the Foundation’s online grant and scholarship portal at https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=scf
  2. Establish an account for your application
  3. Complete the Application: Answer each question in the application and upload each required attachment and submit.

If you have any difficulties with the portal, please contact Anthony Johnson directly at ajohnson@stxfoundation.org or 340.773.9898.

The Patrick and Amelia Williams Opportunity Fund was established in the spring of 2018 by Junior Gaspard (native son of St. Croix) in honor of his grandparents, who despite great odds maintained a work ethic and standard of excellence that has gone on to impact future generations. Originally launched as a competitive scholarship program, in 2022, the Foundation’s Grants Review Committee and advisors to the Fund assessed through surveys and interviews of past candidates that sustained support for awardees is critical as federal aid decreases and coursework intensifies. As such, the Foundation’s Grants Review Committee invited past awardees to apply for this special scholarship, following them through their senior year at university. Since its inception, the Fund has granted $71,000 in scholarships, ranging from $1000 to $5000, to 14 St. Croix students pursuing degrees in nursing, the culinary arts, engineering, biology, music education, business, and meteorology to name just a few. Students are now attending colleges across the nation including Florida, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Delaware, Washington D.C. Pennsylvania and more.

In 2024, the Patrick & Amelia Williams Opportunity Fund is offering three scholarships to past recipients through an invitation-only application cycle while also opening a competitive cycle for new students in which a minimum of one (1) scholarship, not to exceed $5,000, will be awarded.

Application: Competitive and invitation-only opportunities are available

Scholarship Cycle: Applications may be submitted May 17th through June 14th

To apply for the competitive scholarship:

  1. Please review the Application Guidelines carefully before applying to determine your eligibility
  2. Visit the Foundation’s online grant and scholarship portal at https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=scf
  3. Login to your account if you have applied for a scholarship in the past or establish an account if you are a new user
  4. Complete the application: Answer each question in the application, upload each required attachment, and submit.
  5. If you have any difficulties with the portal, please contact Anthony Johnson directly at ajohnson@stxfoundation.org or 340.773.9898.

Established in the fall of 2022, the St. Croix Educational Complex (SCEC) 20th Anniversary Reunion Committee Fund was conceived by the SCEC’s 2003 alum to support graduating students from the St. Croix Educational Complex who have chosen to further their studies at an institution of higher education.

Administered in conjunction with the Patrick & Amelia Williams Opportunity Fund, the SCEC 20th Anniversary Fund’s goal is to provide opportunities to the next generation of youth, many of whom have experienced significant obstacles but persevere despite great challenges, seeing education as a means to achieving personal/professional success that can then be shared with the next generation. In its inaugural year, the SCEC 20th Anniversary Fund awarded $5,000 to a St. Croix graduate now attending Penn State University.

Accepting Applications: May 17th
Application Due Date: June 14th

Steps to Apply

  1. Please review the Application Guidelines carefully before applying to determine your eligibility.
  2. Visit the Foundation’s online grant and scholarship portal at https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=scf
  3. Establish an account for your application
  4. Complete the Application: Answer each question in the application and upload each required attachment and submit.
  5. If you have any difficulties with the portal, please contact Anthony Johnson directly at ajohnson@stxfoundation.org or 340.773.9898.

Established in 2005, this Fund promotes continuing adult education for residents of St. Croix and provides summer enrichment scholarships to young people, emphasizing culture, academic skill-building, and youth development. This Fund has awarded $66,000 in grants and scholarships since its inception.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Limited funds are available.
Eligibility: Individuals and organizations

In our first 6 months, Community First! served 25 resident clients, providing 1,429 meals and 1,176 beds for temporary and emergency shelter. Let it be forever said it was St. Croix Community Foundations that allowed us to open our doors through the CARE Fund.

~ Community First! 2020 CARE Fund Grantee & Nonprofit Partner