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November is CNMI Scholarship Month

SIXTY-FIVE percent of CNMI scholarship recipients are now part of the local workforce, according to the proclamation designating November as CNMI Scholarship Month signed by Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios.

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Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Tuesday signed a proclamation designating November as CNMI Scholarship Month. Also in photo are Reps. Ivan Blanco, Jose Itibus, and Marco Peter.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“The designation is an opportunity to celebrate the programs and people who make these programs possible because of the positive impact that scholarships can have on the lives of the people of Saipan, Tinian and Rota,” CNMI Scholarship Office or CSO Administrator Rose P. Camacho said.

To date, CSO has spent over $75 million in various scholarship programs, she added.

Through local appropriations, she said CSO was established and funded to provide college access programs and build local and regional partnerships to promote student success in higher education and vocational training.

The scholarship office offers various college access programs to high school students, undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates, and aspiring professional healthcare providers.

In academic year 2018-2019, CSO spent about $2.2 million for its programs, which include the Commonwealth College Access Grant, the Educational Assistance Program Base Grant, Marianas Employment Financial Assistance, Priority Fields of Study, Bachelor’s and Incentive Programs, Prior Learning Assessment, Nursing School Scholarship, and High Achiever Travel Aid.

Graduate and postgraduate students receive aid through the Graduate School Student Loan program.

CSO’s programs served about 860 recipients in academic year 2018-2019.

Moreover, through the Washington University and Mariana Islands program, two CNMI students were able to participate in the summer internship program at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine campus in St. Louis, Missouri in 2017 and 2019.

“The CSO recognized that Pacific islanders are underrepresented in the medical fields and has partnered with one of the top leading medical schools in the nation at WUSTL,” Camacho said.

The CNMI continues to participate in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education or WICHE’s Western Undergraduate Exchange or WUE program, which allows CNMI students to enroll in undergraduate programs in other states and territories with deep discounts on tuition.

For academic year 2018-2019, Camacho said the CNMI has 66 students enrolled in WICHE’S WUE program; three students in the Western Regional Graduate program; and one student in the Professional Student Exchange program.

These CNMI students and their families were able to save a total of $843,951 in tuition, she added.

Camacho thanked the local scholarship providers, including Bank of Guam, the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, Joeten Enterprises, First Hawaiian Bank, Matson Navigation Company, Northern Marianas Insurance Association, the Office of the Mayor of Rota, the Office of the Mayor of Saipan through the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance Program, the Office of the Mayor of Tinian and Aguigan Islands, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, and others.

“The CSO welcomes this annual opportunity to celebrate the power of scholarships and the people who make them possible because of the positive impact scholarships can have on the lives of others,” Camacho said.