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Tourism council scholarship deadline on April 14

(Press Release) — The Marianas Tourism Education Council reminds graduating high school seniors that the deadline for the MTEC Scholarship Program is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14.

The MTEC board will award a $1,000 scholarship and a $500 scholarship for two seniors from the class of 2017 who have been members of a MY WAVE Club for at least one year in high school. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

• Have at least 1 year membership in a high school MY WAVE Club

• Submission of Official Transcript from last high school attended showing GPA of 3.0 or higher

•   Recommendation letter from a current or former teacher, MY WAVE club advisor, counselor or administrator

• Essay submission from applicant, describing career pathway/goals and purpose of study (300-500 words essay limit, typed)

• Acceptance letter from university or college applied to

•   Three proofs of MY WAVE Club active participation

•   Submission of the MY WAVE Club/community involvement summary

Applications are available at the MVA office or by emailing MVA community projects manager Martin Duenas ( or community programs specialist Ryan Calvo ( or by calling 664-3200 for more details.

MTEC: Appreciate diversity

As part of its annual school presentations, MTEC is encouraging students to appreciate and celebrate others, including the diverse visitors who come to the Marianas.

Most recently, MTEC presented at Koblerville Elementary School on April 6, 2017, where they taught students which countries most of visitors from The Marianas come from and shared some common greetings from those countries. MTEC also presented various careers in the tourism industry and urged students to learn Korean, Chinese, or Japanese to be able to communicate with tourists better when they enter the job market.

MY Pros’ member Nola Hix addresses students during the presentation of the Marianas Tourism Education Council at Koblerville Elementary on April 6, 2017.  Hix shared about her career experiences and the importance of treating others well.

Guest speaker Nola Hix of MY Pros organization shared her career experiences and some personal advice with the 5th graders at Koblerville Elementary.

“Treat others like you want to be treated,” said Hix, in urging students to be kind and accepting of others.

The Marianas Visitors Authority also shared about the purpose and activities of the office, including various marketing and promotions activities in foreign countries.

Marianas Visitors Authority community projects assistant Demalyn  Pagarao, standing in red; Marianas Tourism Education Council president Vicky Benavente, standing in blue; and MY Pros’ Nola Hix, seated in black; join 5th graders of Koblerville Elementary for a photo following the MTEC presentation on April 6, 2017.  Contributed photos

“This particular MTEC outreach focused on the value of freedom and harmony among our students,” said MTEC president Vicky Benavente. “We also emphasized that visitors choose to come to the Marianas because it is a safe and peaceful travel destination.”

MTEC was selected as this beneficiary of Saturday’s Pacific Islands Club Saipan’s Hafa Adai 5K, which was joined by 1,500 participants.