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$32,500 in Scholarships Awarded to NMC Students (April 6, 2017)

Northern Marianas College has announced that 13 deserving students have been awarded Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) scholarships totaling $32,500.

The APIASF - Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship program is a collaboration with AANAPISIs and the communities they serve that provides scholarships, expands institution capacity and mobilizes local resources to help foster economic development, as explained in the organization’s website.

“We are extremely thankful to APIASF for making these scholarships available for our students,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “They go a long way to ensure that the recipients are provided with the resources they need to reach their educational goals.”

The recipients for the scholarships are: Castro, Maria Christine; Laurio, Kathleen Ann; Lacay, Lorielyn Monica; Somol, Gemma Noelani; Tudela, Roman Franklin; Manibusan, Renee Ann; Lumbad, Oliver; Deleon Guerrero, Dionne Jasmine; Siech, Narleen; Lifoifoi, Rita; Venus, Marc Christian; Magofna, Dominick Jesse; and, Kapileo, Adelpha Lynn.

Each student received $2,500 that can be used for tuition, fees, housing, local transportation, books and allowable expenses for the Spring 2017 semester.

“We want to congratulate all these students on having been selected from a large pool of hundreds of applicants,” President Fernandez said.

According to APIASF’s website, applicants for the scholarship must be full time students in a degree-seeking program and be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity. Applicants must also be citizens, nationals, or legal permanent residents of the United States.

The organization’s website also states that the Coca-Cola Foundation, Walt Disney Company, USA Funds, Walmart Foundation, and Wells Fargo support the APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program.

“Our vision is to see that all Asian American and Pacific Islanders have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin or financial means,” APIASF’s mission states.



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