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July 31 Deadline for Businesswoman of the Year Scholarship (July 27, 2009)

Students are reminded that July 31, 2009, is the deadline to submit completed applications for the Businesswoman of the Year scholarship sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business.

The program provides student scholarships at three higher education institutions in the Mariana Islands: The University of Guam, Guam Community College, and the Northern Marianas College.

Application forms are available from the financial aid offices of all three institutions, at the First Hawaiian Bank branches, and the Glimpses of Guam office. Applications must be submitted by July 31 (those in the CNMI can submit their applications to the NMC Financial Aid Office in As Terlaje, Saipan.

The scholarships are intended to “promote higher education by providing financial assistance for college students in their pursuit of professional careers,” and are open to both full-time and part-time students. The scholarships will be awarded based on merit, eligibility, a written essay, and financial need. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Laura-Lynn V. Dacanay, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Guam and the CNMI for First Hawaiian Bank, said, “We are delighted to be able to open the Businesswoman of the Year Scholarship Program to even more students in the Marianas, thanks to the generous support from the business community.”

Maureen N. Maratita, Publisher of Glimpses Publications, said, “This Scholarship Program is designed to be unique in many ways, and also has the support of community organizations such as the Guam Council of Women’s Clubs, the Guam Women’s Club, the Korean Women’s Association on Guam, and Soroptimist International of the Marianas.”

Funds for the scholarships were raised through the 2009 Businesswoman of the Year Gala, held at the Hyatt Regency Guam on April 25. The sold-out event was attended by hundreds of supporters of the program. The event raises funds for these scholarships and recognizes women who make a difference in business. The 2009 Businesswoman of the Year Maga’haga award recipient is Lorraine S. Okada, executive manager of Carlsmith Ball LLP and president and owner of Managing Consulting Services.

For more information and to download a copy of the application form and the policies, please visit www.nmcnet.edu.



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