The Pacific Resources for Education and Learning has awarded five scholarship grants to Pacific islanders to support their pursuit of a college degree in education in School Year 2009-2010.
Five scholarship recipients representing the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Republic of Marshall Islands, and Yap State of the Federated States of Micronesia were named at the 2009 Pacific Educational Conference held July 15-17 in Guam.
“PREL is proud to contribute to the effort of these fine educators-to-be in their pursuit of their educational goals for themselves and Pacific children,” said PREL in a statement issued Friday.
Each year, PREL awards scholarships to teachers or teacher candidates who are in the process of completing an accredited teacher preparation program. The scholarships range in awards from $750 to 1,000 and to go to Pacific islanders who are committed not only to reaching their own potential, but providing greater educational opportunities for Pacific children.
One of the greatest challenges for K-12 education is the shortage of qualified teachers. In Pacific schools, the need for qualified teachers is even greater. To increase the number of qualified teachers in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific, the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning established the Pacific Teacher Scholarship Fund.
The 2009-2010 scholarship winners are:
-Kristine Michaela M. Cruz, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Cruz graduated from Northern Marianas and is a full-time student pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in education while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. After graduating, Cruz plans to return to Saipan to teach.
-Charity Faith Ileyagisiug, Woleai, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia
Ileyagisiug, who attended Neighboring Islands Central High School, Woleai, Yap State, FSM, is now a full-time student pursuing her Bachelors of Arts degree in education at the College of Micronesia-FSM in Pohnpei. Her major is Teacher Preparation, Elementary. She plans to return to Yap or one of the outer FSM islands to teach the elementary grade level.
-Jalma Atalig Manglona, Guam
Manglona is from the island of Rota and attended Rota High School. She is full-time student pursuing her associate of science degree at Guam Community College and is looking to start her educational career on her home island of Rota focusing on Early Childhood Education.
-Albina Rikjon, Republic of Marshall Islands
Rikjon attendance Assumption High School in Majuro, RMI, and graduated from McKinley High School in Honolulu. As a full-time student at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, she is working to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and earning her certificate in teaching English as a second language. She looks forward to returning to the RMI to teach English language arts and or ESL.
-Zin Thomas, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Thomas graduated from Marshall Islands High School and, since 2000, has taught 7th grade at Majuro Middle School. During the past eight years, he has taught full time, while attending the College of the Marshall Islands where he graduated with an Associate of Science degree in elementary education and in Teachers of English to speakers of other Languages. Thomas was recently accepted to attend Brigham Young University in Hawaii. His plans are to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in two years and return to the RMI to teach at the elementary level.
PREL is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation that serves the educational community in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific, the continental United States, and countries throughout the world.
PREL bridges the gap between research, theory, and practice in education and works collaboratively with schools and school systems to provide services that range from curriculum to development to assessment and evaluation.
In addition, PREL administers the Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific, one of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories funded through the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.
PREL has service centers in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands, including American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. (PREL)