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Businesswoman of the Year Scholarships Available (July 30, 2008)

First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business invite students to apply for the 2008 First Hawaiian Bank Guam Business Businesswoman of the Year scholarships for the Fall 2008 Semester.

The program has been expanded this year to provide student scholarships at three higher education institutions in the Mariana Islands: The University of Guam, Guam Community College and the Northern Mariana Islands College.

Application forms are available from the financial aid offices of all three institutions, at the First Hawaiian Bank Branches and the Guam Business Office. Deadline for completed applications is August 31.

The scholarships are intended to “promote higher education by providing financial assistance for college students in their pursuit of profes! sional 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, says, “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 Korean Women’s Association and the Japan Women’s Club and Soroptimist International of the Marianas.”

Funds for the scholarships were raised through the 2008 Businesswoman of the Year Gala, held at the Hyat! t Regency Guam on April 26. The sold out event was attended by hundred s of supporters of the program. The event raises funds for these scholarships and recognizes women who make a difference in business. The 2008 Businesswoman of the Year Maga’haga award recipient is Julienne Duenas, owner and physical therapist at SOAR Physical Therapy.


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