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NMC Announces NRM Scholarship (Deadline: January 25, 2013)

The Northern Marianas College is reminding all Natural Resource Management majors and those interested in pursuing a career in natural resources that the deadline to apply for the NMC Cari-Pac Scholarship is on Friday, January 25, 2013.

The Cari-Pac Scholarship Program aims to promote higher education by providing financial assistance for college students in their pursuit of professional careers in managing natural resources. The program also seeks to provide current public and private sector employees with opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills and to enhance their career and professional development.

“This is one of only a few scholarships available to part time students, so those who have full time jobs and want to take classes in the evening can still take advantage of the scholarships,” said Ross Manglona, Director of the NMC Cooperative Research Extension and Education Service (CREES).

The Cari-Pac Program is designed to offer an associate degree in NRM, prepare students to pursue or advance careers requiring a broad background in agricultural, marine, environmental, and natural resources management. The program also helps students to transfer to a related baccalaureate degree program at other colleges or universities.

The NMC Natural Resources Management scholarship program provides 15 full-time students with about $1,140 each and 10 part-time students with about $570 each, amounts of which are sufficient to pay for most tuition costs per semester.

Scholarship selection will be based on merit and financial need. The scholarship funds will be also be awarded on the basis of the applicant's community involvement, academic background, letter of recommendation, and a written essay. An interview may also be required.

To be eligible, a student must be a U.S. citizen (or green card holder) and a CNMI resident for the past three years; be accepted and enrolled as a part-time or full-time student at NMC; have a high school or college cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better; and be able to demonstrate financial need.

If selected to receive the scholarship, the applicant must also sign an agreement stating that he or she will work in the Commonwealth after graduating from the Northern Marianas College for a period twice as long as the period for which the applicant received the scholarship.

For additional information about the scholarship or to pick up an application, visit the NMC Financial Aid Office in Building N or call 234-5498 Ext. 1527. Applications can also be downloaded online at

The Cari-Pac scholarship program was made possible through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Resident Instruction Grants for Insular Areas, Award No. 2008-38416-19574.

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