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Next Generation Scholars

  • Patricia Swan
  • College Coach
  • (340) 777-0990

Program Description

Funded by the Lana Vento Fund for the Virgin Islands, The Next Generation Scholars Program (NGSP) seeks to provide first generation college bound students enrolled in public schools on St. Thomas with the coaching and support necessary to help them achieve their dreams of higher education. Beginning as early as their sophomore year, eligible Scholars are supported in high school through the admissions process, provided further support to ensure success in college, and prepared to be mentors to others in the Virgin Islands. The program works with parents, mentors, donors, school personnel, and educational institutions to prepare Scholars for higher education and success in life. Parental participation is a key component of the program and is done through workshops, seminars, and individual family meetings.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • African American: 100%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 20
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Bryn Mawr College (1)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach (1)
  • Johnson & Wales University-Providence (1)
  • La Roche University (3)
  • Simmons University (1)
  • University of the Virgin Islands (12)
  • Villanova University (1)
  • Virginia State University (1)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 95%