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US Pacific Territory Fishery Capacity-Building Scholarships now available

(Office of the Governor) — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and its education committee members are pleased to announce the availability of up to three scholarships for academic year 2019-2020.

These scholarships support the aspiration of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to build their capacity to effectively manage their fisheries and related resources through employment of their own people. These scholarships cover the cost of tuition and fees and some living expenses.

The U.S. Pacific Territories Capacity-Building Scholarships may be used for the following:

1. Completion of the junior and senior years to obtain one of the following undergraduate degrees:

i) BA or BS in Marine Science at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo, or ii) BS in Oceanography with a concentration in Fisheries Science at the Hawaii Pacific University; or

2. Completion of one of the following graduate degrees:

i) MS or PhD in Marine Biology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology,

ii) MS in Marine Science at Hawaii Pacific University,

iii) MS in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo, or

iv) MS in Biology at the University of Guam.

For undergraduates, there is an expectation that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  will be completed early and Pell grants obtained so the relevant university’s Financial Aid Office can determine the amount of aid needed. The scholarship application can be accessed online at For further details, contact Sylvia Spalding at or phone (808) 522-8220.