TSL Foundation is named CNMI Scholarship Provider of the Year

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Posted on Dec 10 2019
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Tan Siu Lin Foundation administrative officer Mel Naputi, center, receives the CNMI Scholarship Provider of the Year award from CNMI Scholarship Office administrator Rose Pangelinan Camacho, left, and financial aid representative Coryn Achas at the CNMI Scholarship Fair held last Nov. 30 at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe. (IVA MAURIN)

The Tan Siu Lin Foundation, the charitable arm of TanHoldings, is the inaugural awardee of the very first CNMI Scholarship Provider of the Year plum.

The award, which is intended to become an annual honor, was presented by the CNMI Scholarship Office at the Scholarship Fair last Nov. 30 at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center, to celebrate the power of scholarship and the people behind them.

“We are pleased to work with the CNMI government and our educational institutions in providing assistance to students, who aspire to improve themselves and prepare for their future through their continued education,” said TSL Foundation executive director Merlie Tolentino.

The TSL Foundation believes that students who are given opportunities to receive education and training are not only helping themselves and their families but also the community.

“We would also like to commend the NMC Scholarship Office for doing its best to help as many students as it can,” Tolentino said. “The TSL Foundation acknowledges that the NMI Scholarship Office faces challenges in getting resources for its program, but it continues to persevere in these trying times and reach out to deserving students.”

At the Scholarship Fair, CSO administrator Rose Pangelinan Camacho also recognized all the scholarship providers in the CNMI, including Bank of Guam, Saipan Chamber of Commerce, Joeten Enterprises, First Hawaiian Bank, Matson Navigation Co., Northern Marianas Insurance Association, Office of the Mayor of Rota, Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance Program, and the Office of the Mayor of Tinian and Aguigan Islands.

“We want to recognize all the scholarship providers in the CNMI,” Camacho said. “They have made a positive impact on lives, in our community, through their financial support and contributions and their continued support in helping our students obtain their educational goals.”

Education in the CNMI is made more accessible through the help of scholarship providers. Every year, the CSO provides avenues for these resources to be made available to students on the island.

For its part, the TSL Foundation has helped more than 100 students and remains committed to helping CNMI students in the years to come.

“Keep up your strong work and never stop learning,” Tolentino said. “The Tan Siu Lin Foundation, your family, and our very giving community will always find ways to help you realize your goals. It is our hope that, once you complete your study, you will give back to our beloved Commonwealth and inspire other students to work on achieving their dreams, too.”

For more information about scholarships, contact CSO at (670) 664-4750 or visit www.cnmischolarship.net.

Iva Maurin | Author
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at iva_maurin@saipantribune.com
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