MTEC scholarship applications open


Saipan Southern High School graduate Renafe Inaga receives the Marianas Tourism Education Council scholarship in May 2017. Pictured from left are MTEC board member Glenn Policare, MTEC chair Vicky Benavente, Inaga, and MTEC board member Larry Lee. (Contributed Photo)

The Marianas Tourism Education Counci is accepting applications for the MTEC Scholarship Program, aimed at encouraging graduating high school seniors to pursue higher education.

The MTEC board will award a $2,000 scholarship and a $1,000 scholarship for two seniors from the class of 2018 who have been members of a MY WAVE Club for at least one year in high school.

“We are encouraging the students to participate in a MY WAVE Club, which they can join starting from the 5th grade up to 12th grade level,” said MTEC Chairwoman Vicky Benavente. “The MTEC Scholarship is made possible through the work of the MTEC Board of Directors and from our generous sponsors and businesses who have a stake in the islands’ tourism and hospitality industry.

2017 MTEC Scholarship recipient Renafe Aniga of Saipan Southern High School is studying Hospitality Management at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

-Have at least 1-year membership in a high school MY WAVE Club

-Submission of official transcript from last high school attended showing GPA of 3.0 or higher

-Recommendation Letter from a current or former Teacher, MY WAVE Club advisor, counselor, or administrator

-Essay submission from applicant, describing career pathway/goals and purpose of study (300-500 words essay limit, typed)

-Acceptance letter from university or college applied to

-Three (3) proof of MY WAVE CLUB (MWC) active participation

-Submission of the MY WAVE Club/ Community Involvement Summary

Applications are available at the MVA office or by emailing MVA Community Administrative Assistant Demalyn Pagarao ( or by calling 670.664.3200 for more details. The deadline to apply is 4:30pm on April 30, 2018. (PR)

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