The NMI Scholarship Office has so far denied 472 of the 870 grant applications it received for the spring 2013 semester, according to administrator Rose Pangelinan.
The government's scholarship program rejected their applications primarily due to a lack of supporting documents and unmet grading requirements.
Pangelinan said her office received 1,116 applications from the following students: 870 from “ongoing” (on-island and off-island) scholars; 121 from new applicants; and 125 from “returning” students.
As of yesterday, 398 applications by ongoing students have been approved, Pangelinan said, together with 36 new students; and 17 returning students, for a combined approved total of 451.
Pangelinan said that 132 applications by ongoing students are still under review so the 451 approvals may slightly go up in the coming weeks.
The NMI Scholarship Office is tasked to provide financial assistance to eligible CNMI students pursuing postsecondary education. It offers two grants: the Educational Assistance Program and Honors scholarship programs.
This spring 2013, scholars will continue to receive $938.34 for those enrolled at Northern Marianas College and $1,050 per semester for off-island recipients.