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SHEFA assisted 1,032 scholarship recipients in FY 2018

FOR fiscal year 2018, the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance program processed 3,044 applications and awarded $2,850,800 in scholarship funds.

Of the total applications processed from fall 2017 to fall 2018, 1,032 had been approved.

SHEFA’s annual report, which was recently approved by the board, listed five reasons why most of the applications were denied:

Oscar M. Babauta
  • • The applicant failed to complete the application package.
  • • The applicant did not meet the maximum award duration for financial assistance.
  • • The applicant did not maintain 12 credits at the end of the term.
  • • The applicant did not maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • • The applicant failed to enroll full-time for each term he or she was seeking assistance.

The SHEFA report showed that 624 recipients enrolled at the community college; 322, university; 72, online university; and 14, vocational or trade school.

There were 506 scholarship recipients pursuing a bachelor’s degree; 406, associate degree; 79, master’s degree; 27, advanced or doctorate degree; and 14, certificate.

Business and education degrees were the top chosen majors with 177 and 165 students, respectively.

Liberal arts ranked third with 113 students followed by criminal justice and medical and allied service with 73 each. There were 41 students who studied social science and fine arts; 40, accounting; 36, computer science technology; 31, hospitality and tourism; 30 rehabilitation and human service; 28, biology; 22, environmental studies; 15, engineering and related fields; 10, civil engineering; and 178, all others.

Most of the recipients graduated from Marianas High School — 410 students. Saipan Southern High School was the next with 242; Kagman High School, 190; Mount Carmel School, 60; Grace Christian Academy, 20; Marianas Baptist Academy and Northern Marianas College-General Education/Adult Basic Education, eight each; Saipan International School, seven; Northern Marians Academy, five; Eucon International School, one; and other schools, 81.

According to the SHEFA report, 138 recipients resided in Kagman, 104, Dandan; 83, Koblerville; 64, San Vicente; 61, Garapan; 60, Chalan Kanoa; 55, Fina Sisu; 44, San Antonio; 38, As Lito; 37, Gualo Rai; 33, Susupe; 26, Tanapag; 24, San Roque; 24, Navy Hill; 24, Capital Hill; 23, Chinatown; 22, Chalan Kiya; 20, Chalan Laulau; 20, Chalan Piao; 20, Papago; 16, As Perdido; 15, Kanat Tabla; 14, Sadog Tasi; 11, As Matuis; 11, As Teo; 8, As Terlaje; 7, Lower Navy Hill; 7, Puerto Rico; 7, San Jose/Oleai; 4, Achugao; 3, As Gonno; 3, Mount Tapochao; 2, Afetnas; and one each from Airport Road, As Mahetog, I Denni in Lower Base and off-island.

SHEFA board chairman Oscar M. Babauta thanked the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation and the Saipan mayor’s office for their continued support, saying they have created opportunities and improved the lives of the people who continue to further their education and sharpen their skills.

“We hope with every year that passes we see an increase in graduates returning home to share their knowledge and provide their skills and services for the betterment of our community,” he added.

The other members of the SHEFA board are vice chair Juan “Shine” K. Tenorio, Francisco D. Cabrera, Ursula Lifoifoi Aldan, and Raymond M. Muna.

The program administrator is Merissa Rasa.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said the SHEFA board and the staff are doing a “superb job” in taking care of future island leaders and productive citizens who are pursuing education at colleges and universities and trade schools.

“I am a staunch believer that an educated population has greater potential in skillfully identifying problems and then finding ways to solve them in the name of a better, safe, healthy and peaceful community,” the mayor said.

SHEFA is funded through the annual poker license fee collections.