The Joeten Daidai Foundation awarded $12,000 worth of scholarships to six CNMI high school graduates. This year, the scholarship amount doubled from $1,000 to $2,000 per recipient. Joeten Daidai Foundation Scholarship recipients were randomly chosen by the six board of trustees. This year, about 40 applications were submitted from graduating high school seniors.
The awardees were selected based on their GPA’s, academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and community involvement. They were also asked to write an essay based on a quote from Maya Angelou, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
The students, whom were ultimately chosen, wrote compelling essays of their life stories and made lasting impressions on the board of directors. Those recipients are Daniel Han of Marianas High School, Mikeala San Nicolas of Kagman High School, Cathryn Javier of Mount Carmel School, Lee Ann Jastillana of Marianas High School, Maria Christine Castro of Marianas High School, and Glengela Guiang of Dr. Rita Hocog Inos Jr/Sr High School. The check presentation was held at the Joeten Susupe executive conference room on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
The Joeten Daidai Foundation, established in 1994, began as a vision of the late Jose C. Tenorio, “Joeten” and his wife Soledad T. Tenorio, “Daidai” with the Foundation’s mission of contributing to educational, religious, and charitable purposes. It was their way of continuously giving back to the community.
The Foundation would not be possible without the unending support of numerous organizations, foundations, and especially the Joeten affiliates and all their diligent employees as well as many other gracious contributors.
Next year, the Joeten Daidai Foundation will begin to award one scholarship exclusively to a child of an employee of one of Joeten’s subsidiaries or affiliates.