Almeric L. Christian Scholarship
Almeric Christian Scholarship
About the Honorable Almeric L. Christian
Judge Almeric L. Christian served the Virgin Islands community in many capacities beginning as early as the 1960s. A native of St. Croix, Judge Christian attended elementary and high school in Christiansted and went on to graduate from Columbia Law School. After returning to St. Croix to establish a private law practice, he was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 to serve on a seven-member commission charged with determining which federal laws should apply to the Virgin Islands. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy appointed Christian to as U.S. Attorney. He remained in that position until he was selected to be a District Court judge by President Richard Nixon in 1969. Christian was named Chief Judge of the District Court a year later, where he remained until he retired in 1988. Almeric L. Christian died on 1999.
About the Almeric L. Christian Scholarship Fund
Recognizing the need to provide financial assistance to Virgin Islands residents who desire to attend law school and to return home to live and work, the Virgin Islands Bar Association created this scholarship. Judge Christian graciously lent his support and name to the undertaking. As a result, the annual golf tournament was created.
The first Almeric L. Christian tournament was held in 1987, which successfully raised proceeds from which two scholarships were awarded. Each year the applicants have increased in number creating the need for additional funding. During our past tournaments, we have raised over $15,000.00 annually with the support of the Virgin Islands community, enabling the Bar Association to award scholarships to applicants.
Our work, however, is not done. In the Virgin Islands, we have had a governor, lieutenant governor, senators, cabinet members, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, and numerous public servants and community leaders holding law degrees. We need your support to continue to create a body of well-qualified Virgin Islanders to serve in these various capacities for the years to come. This is not possible without the commitment of our community to uphold Judge Christian’s legacy.
The Virgin Islands Bar Association extends its heartfelt thanks to you for helping us achieve this goal.
Almeric L. Christian Memorial Scholarship Application
An applicant for the Virgin Islands Bar Association Scholarship must be a college graduate who has been accepted to or is attending a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. The applicant must be a permanent resident of the United States Virgin Islands and plans to engage in the practice of law in the United States Virgin Islands within three (3) years of graduation from law school. Each successful applicant shall agree to a commitment of one (1) year of practice or work in the United States Virgin islands for each year an award is received.
In addition to the application, include the following:
1. A letter of acceptance to a law school approved by the American Bar Association or your most recent transcript from that institution if already enrolled in law school.
2. Applicant must take the required number of credits as deemed necessary by the law school attending to be considered a full time student.
3. Three letters of recommendation, one from a former college or law school professor and the rest from individuals that are not related to the applicant by blood or marriage. It is an applicant's responsibility to ensure that letters of recommendation are sent by the June 30 deadline.
4. An essay on your career objectives and how the schooling you plan will prepare you to attain these goals. (Essay must be typewritten.) (A new essay must be submitted each year you apply.)
5. An official copy of your undergraduate college transcript if entering your first year of law school. If presently attending law school, a copy of your latest official transcript.
6. Applicants who are already attending law school must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75. If your school does not grade on a 4.0 system, it is incumbent upon the applicant to clearly demonstrate that they fulfill the 2.75 G.P.A requirement.
7. Applicants who have not started law school must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00. If your school does not grade on a 4.0 system, it is incumbent upon the applicant to clearly demonstrate that they fulfill the 3.00 G.P.A requirement.
8. A copy of your Student Financial Aid form [FAF], or the equivalent thereof.
The monies awarded to the successful candidate will be in the form of a grant, provided the successful applicant returns to practice law in the United States Virgin Islands. However, if the recipient does not return to practice law in the United States Virgin Islands within three (3) years of graduation from law school, the grant will become an interest bearing loan at the rate of nine percent (9%) per annum and repayable within three (3) years from the conversion to a loan.
Completed application shall be mailed to the following address:
Virgin Islands Bar Association
Post Office Box 224108
Christiansted, VI 00822
DEADLINE: Applications, including all information requested pursuant to the foregoing instructions, must be postmarked no later than June 30 for Fall awards and November 15 for Spring awards. Please note that applicants can supplement their applications, if necessary, and submit grades and acceptance letters subsequent to the deadline, provided a letter of intent is included with the application.
Failure to submit all information requested will result in a rejection of the applicant's application.