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3 graduate from Micronesia Conservation Trust scholarship program

(MCT) —The Micronesia Conservation Trust and partners of the Micronesia Challenge are proud to announce and congratulate the first three students to complete their graduate programs as recipients of two regional scholarships available through MCT.

The Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge or BRMC Scholarship Program was inspired by William “Bill” Charles Raynor (Feb. 22nd, 1957-Sept. 1st, 2015), one of Micronesia’s lead conservation pioneers. He engaged in significant and meaningful conservation work in Micronesia for over 30 years. He helped to establish/strengthen several non-governmental organizations that are now leading conservation and sustainable development efforts in Micronesia. He supported and mentored emerging environmental leaders who have the passion and the potential to continue the conservation initiatives and maintain the Micronesia Challenge commitment, which he was instrumental in establishing. His initial contributions to the BRMC now allows two students from the region each year to be supported in their graduate education. The scholarship fund aims to contribute to the development of effective conservation of Micronesia’s biodiversity and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods across the region.

In addition to the BRMC scholarship, the Association for the Promotion of International Cooperation, Sophia University and MCT partnered to initiate the APIC-BRMC Scholarship Program. Two students from Micronesia are selected each year to enroll in the Global Environmental Studies Program at Sophia University for two years in pursuit of a master’s degree. With support from MCT through the BRMC Scholarship fund, the students have internships set up with local partner agencies in their home islands where each of them has a workplan to carry out during his/her semester breaks. Their internships are set up to support their studies, particularly for thesis and research work that is of relevance to the environmental issues and priorities of their local communities.

Becky Furey. Contributed photo

The BRMC scholar to graduate in 2019 is:

  • • Elizabeth “Becky” Furey from Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is the first to complete her graduate program as a recipient of the BRMC Scholarship. She has acquired a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management from the American Public University or APU online program. She successfully balanced full-time employment at Mariana Islands Nature Alliance, full-time single parenthood and being a full-time graduate student. After graduating, Becky will continue working for MINA managing several environmental programs. Even as a student, she had already begun to apply what she learned at APU to build and strengthen the programs she managed at MINA. She also contributed to approved grant proposals focused on natural resource conservation. Her ultimate goal is to keep learning about her islands’ ecology, environmental problems while helping with solutions through resource management programs. Becky is passionate about the environment and she is driven to serve as a steward of the environment and help her communities stay informed about the status of their natural resources to work towards a sustainable future.

The APIC-BRMC scholars to graduate in 2019 are:

  • • Bertha Reyuw from Yap, Federated States of Micronesia is one of two students to be the first to complete the Global Environmental Studies Program from Sophia University through the APIC-BRMC Scholarship Program. She studied the impacts of climate change on women in the FSM and looked at how their roles in climate change adaptation affect the level of climate resilience of families or communities. She received an invitation to attend the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Switzerland, joining TNC delegation in May. Upon graduating, Bertha plans to return to the FSM to continue contributing to the environmental sector.
  • • Bradford Mori from Chuuk, FSM is also an APIC-BRMC scholarship recipient of the first cohort to graduate from Sophia University through the scholarship program. He studied climate adaptation funding mechanisms to assess how adaptive capacity, resilience, and innovation are incorporated into plans and policies and highlighted the advantages/disadvantages or effectiveness thereof. He attended the validation meeting on the FSM National Environment Management Strategy in Pohnpei and the Adaptation Fund inception workshop held in Chuuk. After graduating, Bradford plans to return to Chuuk to continue working with the Chuuk Environmental Protection Agency.