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International Greek Organization Omega Psi Phi donates $5,000 to UVI

On Wednesday, October 5, Dr. Byron Biscoe, who is Omega Psi Phi’s Assistant District Representative for the Caribbean, presented a check to UVI during a ceremony at the Sheen Campus in St. Croix. (photo sent)

International fraternity Omega Psi Phi Inc. donated $5,000 to the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) to support the university’s strategic initiatives.

During a check presentation ceremony held Wednesday, October 5, at the Albert A. Sheen campus in St. Croix, Dr. Byron Biscoe, who is the Omega Psi Phi Deputy District Representative for the Caribbean, shared that organization, which upholds the fundamental principles of “manliness, scholarship, perseverance and upliftment” provide many opportunities for UVI students to participate in Greek life, serve their communities and become adults with a strong character and integrity.

“We are very grateful to Omega Psi Phi for making this generous contribution to UVI at a time when we are deeply engaged in activities related to achieving the goals of our Greatness Through Innovation strategic plan,” said the president of UVI. UVI, David Hall. “This gift reinforces our longstanding relationship with Omega Psi Phi and symbolizes our ongoing mutual commitment to transforming the lives of Virgin Islanders inside and outside our university walls through service and mentorship.”

The Greek organization, which is active at the Albert A. Sheen Campus (Eta Iota Iota Chapter – St. Croix) and the Orville E. Kean Campus (Zeta Xi Chapter – St. Thomas) led the donation to UVI as part of of its annual College Endowment Fund activities, which are used to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the United States.

This is the first time the University of the Virgin Islands has received a direct donation from Omega Psi Phi International Headquarters. UVI Chapters represent the 13th International District of the fraternity.

Community service activities that Omega Psi Phi has carried out in the U.S. Virgin Islands include supporting seniors’ residences, cleaning up parks and recreation areas, coaching youth baseball teams, and providing swimming lessons, mentoring experiences and discussions with young people in the schools of the territory.

“Omega Psi Phi has always been committed to supporting, empowering and nurturing young men, preparing them for service in and to local communities, and it is our pleasure and honor to make this donation to UVI on behalf of of our members,” said Biscoe, who specializes in eye surgery and diseases and will serve as an associate professor of ophthalmology at UVI’s School of Medicine, which is currently in the application phase of its opening plans.

Biscoe has also been an active fundraiser on behalf of the university, hosting events in both St. Thomas and St. Croix to raise funds to support UVI’s mission.

“We are proud to cherish many of the core values ​​and ideals that the university also holds dear as HBCUs,” Biscoe said.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically black college. There are a total of six chapters in the Caribbean region.

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