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6 NMC students receive scholarships from First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business Magazine (December 1, 2017)

SIX Northern Marianas College students received a total of $14,670.75 in scholarships from the First Hawaiian Bank and the Guam Business Magazine Business Woman of the Year program.

Maureen N. Maratita, publisher of Glimpses Publications, said they selected the recipients based on their academic abilities, the essays they submitted, and their community involvement. In addition, they must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Started in 2006, the program has been recognizing businesswomen and awarding scholarships to deserving students in Guam and the CNMI.

“We have awarded a total of $234,345.50. We keep account of the money very carefully and minimize expenses so we can pass on as much of the money raised as possible to the students,” Maratita said.

She said funds for scholarships are raised through the annual Businesswoman of the Year Gala.

To date, the program has awarded scholarships to 122 students of the University of the Guam, Guam Community College and Northern Marianas College.

“There are many students in Guam and the NMI who need support, and both First Hawaiian Bank and Glimpses Publications are very happy to support education,” she said.

On Thursday, Maratita presenteded scholarship checks to the six NMC students. She said the amount given to the recipients is based on the total number of credit hours they are enrolled in for the semester.

Andrea Camacho, who received $2,552, is a sophomore majoring in business management.

Chrystalle Joie S. Lloren, who received $2,552, is a freshman majoring in business with a focus on hospitality and tourism management.

“I wasn’t really expecting it. But I wanted to get as many scholarships as I could. My goal is to get my associate degree and move on toward a bachelor’s degree. This scholarship will help me a lot when I transfer to another school to get my bachelor’s degree.”

Dionne A. Deleon Guerrero, a sophomore majoring in hospitality management, received $2,039.

Kelly Marie D. Maligsa, a freshman majoring in hospitality management, received $2,423.75. She said the scholarship was important to support her education. “My mom is in the Philippines. She cannot be with me until her petition is approved.”

Thomas Gregory A. Rabago, a senior majoring in business management, received $2.039. He said he will use the money to enroll in a master’s program in August next year at the University of Guam.

Vicorylie A. Quijano, a sophomore majoring in business management and elementary education, received $3,065. “This scholarship is very important to me because I only work part-time,” she said.

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