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First Hawaiian Bank, Guam Business Magazine award scholarships to 9 NMC students

FIRST Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business Magazine yesterday awarded $10,200 in scholarships to nine Northern Marianas College students.

Marianas Variety president Laila Y. Boyer, second left, and officials of First Hawaiian Bank, Glimpses Publication and Northern Marianas Colleges pose with scholarship recipients. Photo by Junhan B. TodenoMarianas Variety president Laila Y. Boyer, second left, and officials of First Hawaiian Bank, Glimpses Publication and Northern Marianas Colleges pose with scholarship recipients. Photo by Junhan B. TodenoMaureen N. Maratita, Glimpses Publications publisher, and Laura-Lynn V. Dacanay, First Hawaiian Bank senior vice president and region manager for Guam and CNMI, made the announcement in the NMC board of regents conference room yesterday.

The recipients are Nazario Omar Ajoste, who received $1,212.50; Candelaria Aldan, $785; Jatana Cabrera, $1,117.50; Marie Luise Del Carmen, $1,070; Kathleen Ann Laaurio, $1,307.50; Yolanda Lizama, $1,260; Alvijane Manabat, $1,117.50; Keneisha Parks, $1,212.50; and Eldred Sanchez, $1,117.50.

Maratita said the award varies because they were based on the students’ number of credits.

“We also looked at their grade point average, their academic achievements and extracurricular activities including community service,” Maratita said. “We want them to  major in business.”

This year, there were a total of 20 applicants from the University of Guam, Guam Community College and NMC, Dacanay said.

Fifteen scholarship were awarded, including six from Guam.

The program was launched on Guam in 2006, and it started including CNMI students in 2008.

It is funded by the First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business Magazine Businesswoman of the Year Award  program.

Dacanay yesterday recognized one of the nominees, Marianas Variety president Laila Y. Boyer, for taking part in the fundraising effort.

Speaking on behalf of NMC, its president Sharon Y. Hart anddean of academic programs and services Barbara Merfalen said they are looking forward for a more meaningful relationship with First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business.

“Every penny will be spent wisely,” Hart said. “We know our students, especially those who have been chosen this year.”

Since 2006, the program has awarded a total of $138,450 in scholarships to 64 deserving students.