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November is CNMI Scholarship Month

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres on Tuesday proclaimed November as CNMI Scholarship Month.

The governor said his administration remain committed to providing CNMI students with financial assistance as they pursue a college education.

He also commended the CNMI scholars for their dedication to higher learning and thanked those who have come back to the Commonwealth to give back to the community.

Torres likewise thanked the community and partner agencies as well as CNMI Scholarship Office staff and administrator Rose Pangelinan for all their hard work and for serving as the students’ bridge to educational advancement.

He encouraged the scholarship office, partner agencies and the community to continue the hard work and the commitment to provide financial help to CNMI students who want to pursue higher education.

According to the proclamation, National Scholarship Month aims to build awareness about scholarships and the different programs provided to CNMI students.

Gov. Ralph Torres poses with CNMI Scholarship Office personnel, lawmakers, and other officials and stakeholders in the governor’s conference room on Tuesday.   Office of the Governor photoGov. Ralph Torres poses with CNMI Scholarship Office personnel, lawmakers, and other officials and stakeholders in the governor’s conference room on Tuesday. Office of the Governor photo

It noted that the CNMI Scholarship Office has expended a total of $65 million in various scholarship programs, and  has employed 65 percent of the scholars in the CNMI workforce.

The CNMI was also the first of the U.S. affiliated Pacific islands to become active in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education programs and initiatives.

In addition, the CNMI continues to participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange or WUE which allows Commonwealth students to enroll in undergraduate programs in other member states and territories for a deep discount on tuition fees.

In academic year 2016/2017, the proclamation states, the CNMI enrolled 54 WUE students and saved $445,452.

Moreover, the CNMI participated in the Western Regional Graduate Program and enrolled two students, saving $29,740.

In fiscal year 2018, the CNMI Scholarship Office distributed $1.94 million in CW education funds.

Of this amount, $629,930.90 went to Northern Marianas College; $653,930.90, Northern Marianas Trades Institute; and $665,482, Latte Training Academy for workforce development training programs.