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A new scholarship for students living on the island in REAL ESTATE ST CROIX, attending the University of the Virgin Islands was unveiled last Thursday, as V.I. Waste Management Authority officials remembered the life of Sonya Nelthropp and her desire to introduce more young people to the world of environmental protection.
Nelthropp, who sadly passed away last April, was a driving force behind the creation of the Waste Management Authority. Because of her experience as a biologist, educator, engineer and manager, Nelthropp was hired in 1999 as a technical assistant to the commissioner in the Department of Public Works.

She worked with a small but very dedicated team to create an agency, the Waste Management Authority, that would provide quality waste-water and solid waste management services to the community as well as protect the environment and public health.

“Sonya had a heart as big as the universe,” WMA Executive Director May Adams Cornwall said Thursday at a small ceremony held at the authority’s Red Point Wastewater Treatment Facility on St. Thomas.

Honoring Nelthropp’s wishes, WMA teamed up with officials at Veolia Water North America Caribbean to create a $50,000 endowed scholarship to UVI for undergraduates majoring in process technology on St. Croix.