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NMC Foundation Announces Two-Year Scholarships (August 5, 2009)

In its ongoing effort to advance higher education opportunities for CNMI students, the Northern Marianas College Foundation has announced a scholarship program for NMC students pursuing an associate’s degree at the College.

“The Foundation Board has been working extremely hard to ensure that we make these scholarship funds available in time for the Fall 2009 semester,” said NMC Foundation President Ben Babauta. “Given the economic difficulties that many families are experiencing at this time, we hope many students apply and take advantage of this financial opportunity.”

The NMC Foundation Scholarship program aims to provide recipients $625.00 per semester for up to four semesters or up to the completion of an associate’s degree, whichever is sooner. The College offers associate’s degrees in business administration, liberal arts, nursing, natural resource management, criminal justice, and hospitality management.

The NMC Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to raise funds to support the Northern Marianas College, the CNMI’s lone post-secondary educational institution. The organization is composed of individuals who are dedicated and committed to ensuring that CNMI students receive the utmost support in pursuing their educational goals.

“In addition to the work of the NMC Foundation Board, it’s also important to acknowledge the generosity of many donors who have made this scholarship program possible,” added Babauta.

The scholarships are based on merit and financial need and will be awarded to the recipient on the bases of the candidate’s community involvement, academic background, letters 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 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 NMC Foundation Scholarship.

The NMC Board of Regents recently announced the launch of a scholarship program that provides financial assistance for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education at NMC.

The deadline for submitting applications for both the NMC Foundation Scholarship and the Board of Regents Scholarship is August 21, 2009. Applications and additional information can be downloaded from, or contact NMC’s Financial Aid Office at 234-5498 extension 1527.

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