These scholarships honor the memory of Ruby Rutnik of St. John who would have been 40 years old, April 9, had she not died tragically in an auto accident at the tender age of 21.
For 17 years, with the encouragement and support of the Virgin Islands community, the Rutnik family hosted a Softball Tournament in Ruby's honor which raised funds for scholarships awarded to over 40 college bound St. John girls as well as some Championship winners from the other Virgin Islands including Tortola. Over $160,000 was given out in awards from 1997 to 2014. After the last Tournament in 2012 the Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund, Inc. Board elected to turn over the endowment fund, totaling nearly $300,000, to the Gifft Hill School, originally founded as Pine Peace School in 1978 for preschoolers like Ruby, who was in that first class. In so doing it has become the cornerstone of a million dollar endowment fund campaign to insure that Gifft Hill School will continue to grow with the community and be able to meet its expanding educational needs. The Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund will continue to award annual scholarships totaling $5,000 to qualifying St. John girls to attend, or who are attending, accredited college or university. To qualify the female student must be a St. John resident whose family or self has resided on St. John for five years or more and who is in need of financial assistance.
Donations can be made to the Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund (RRSF, INC.) and mailed to Gifft Hill School, Box 1657, St. John VI 00831 or by contacting Gifft Hill School Development Office at 340-776-1735.
Applications will also be available through the guidance counselors at Gifft Hill School (776-1730), Eudora Kean High School, Antilles School, All Saints, and Sts. Peter and Gifft Hill Scholarships for students entering pre-school through 12th grade should be applied for directly through the school. For more information kindly call Beth Jones, GHS Development Director (776-1735) or Beth Knight, head of Lower School (775-6595).
PO Box 348 St. John, VI 00831
Tel 340-693-8069 T/Fax 340-775-9014
On behalf of the Rutnik family and the Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the continued support over these years.