$32,500 in scholarships awarded to NMC students


Thirteen Northern Marianas College students are presented with a total of $32,500 in scholarships from the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution scholarship program. The presentation of scholarships was led by NMC president Dr. Carmen Fernandez, front center, and NMC faculty and staff. (NMC)

Thirteen Northern Marianas College students have been awarded Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund scholarships totaling $32,500.

The scholarship is a collaboration between the APIASF and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution.

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

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

“We want to congratulate all these students on having been selected from…hundreds of applicants,” 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 Co., 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. (NMC)

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