WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Junior Statesmen Foundation has announced that Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo, a professor at the Junior Statesmen Summer School, is visiting the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands until March 24 to meet with students interested in applying for one of four scholarships to the JSA Summer School. These scholarships are funded by Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
“Each year, we have dozens of very strong applicants for these scholarships, which makes the selection process very difficult,” says Dr. Caliendo. “The students chosen to participate are among the best and brightest in CNMI and will most likely be future leaders their communities,” he continued, “I'm looking forward to meeting all those interested in these outstanding educational programs, as well as reconnecting with all of the JSA Summer School alumni in the CNMI.”
Caliendo will meet with prospective students for 15-minute interviews after school each day, as well as Saturday morning, at Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan's Saipan district office. Students interested in scheduling a meeting should contact Antoinette Camacho at the Congressman's office at 670-323-2647.
Sablan reiterated his support for the JSA Summer Programs, as well as other JSA initiatives such as the JSA Winter Congress program. “It is critical to our future success that we build local capacity and encourage our young people to develop the skills they will need to be our community leaders one day.
“The funding that Congress appropriates for the JSA scholarships is especially important to students from Northern Mariana Islands, because it costs so much for our students to travel to participate in this program.”
There are four scholarships available to students from the Northern Marianas to attend one of the JSA's Summer Schools at Stanford, Princeton or Georgetown Universities on the U.S. mainland. Four additional scholarships are available for students to attend the JSA Diplomat Program, which is held at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China; however, competition for those four scholarships is among students from all of the U.S. territories. More information is available at www.jsa.org at the link for Summer Programs.
Each scholarship winner will receive a full scholarship of approximately $7,000 to pay for any tuition costs related to attending one of JSA's summer schools. The scholarships are made possible due to the Junior State's more than 20-year partnership with The U.S. Department of the Interior. Students who demonstrate high-achieving grades, strong leadership skills, involvement in the community, and an interest in public service are strongly encouraged to apply for the scholarships.
In addition to visiting schools and meeting students interested in applying for the scholarships, as well as with JSA Summer Program alumni, Caliendo will also reach out to government and community leaders who might be interested in offering support to enable additional students to participate in the program.
Since 1991, the Junior Statesmen Foundation has worked in a partnership with The U.S. Department of the Interior to identify, educate, and train over 1,700 outstanding high school students in insular areas for active, effective, and ethical participation in public affairs. The Junior Statesmen Summer School Program builds leadership skills and confidence on the next generation of insular leaders.
The Junior Statesmen Summer Schools feature college-level courses in American Government, American History, International Relations, Constitutional Law, Economics, U.S. Foreign Policy, Media and Politics, Speech and Political Communication, and the American Presidency.
For more information, or if you are interested in donating for scholarships, please contact Larry Guillemette, Chief Academic and Outreach Officer at 202-591-3728 or via email at email@example.com. (PR)