Community-funded scholarships deliver $67,000 toward UOG students’ education 

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University of Guam students (from left) Britney Sison, Aisleabesh Maglaque, and Anesha Ignacio are three recipients of 41 community-funded scholarships awarded this semester through the UOG Endowment Foundation. (University of Guam file photo from 2020)

Last week, 32 University of Guam students received extra financial support toward their education with the awarding of 41 community-funded scholarships through the UOG Endowment Foundation. The foundation held a virtual ceremony on Sept. 29 to recognize both the student recipients and the personal and corporate scholarship sponsors, who contributed $67,000 in total.

“Knowing that there are people out there who are doing what they can to assist students like me […] shows me that I’m not alone in this journey,” said Kyona Rivera, a sophomore communications major from Saipan who received a total of $5,750 for the academic year as the recipient of the James & Young Hee Ji Scholarship and the CLASS “G is for Giving” Scholarship.

Katrina Perez, executive director of the foundation, said companies, organizations, and families are inspired to create scholarships for a variety of reasons — whether to support academic advancement in a subject area of importance to them, to carry on the memory of someone influential, or to encourage disadvantaged students to stay the course in their education.

“The UOG Endowment Foundation is tremendously grateful to our generous scholarship donors,” said. “Through their benevolence, they are not only helping to fulfill an individual’s dream… rather, they are helping to ensure that, as a  community, we are safeguarding our collective recovery.”

Senior civil engineering major Viliame Vuetibau, who received a scholarship from SSFM International of $7,825 — the largest of this semester’s awards through the UOG Endowment Foundation, said that having the financial support means there is one less thing to worry about as a student.

“They say it takes a village to raise a child. The same can be said about finishing college,” Vuetibau said. “… completing our degrees seems a lot less stressful with the financial support of our donors and the backing from our communities.” 

The scholarship awardees are as follows:

Student  Major  Scholarship  Amount 
Rodion Balbin B.S., Criminal Justice Frederick J. Horecky Scholarship $500
Rodion Balbin B.S., Criminal Justice LMS Scholarship $2,500
Jacquelyn Cabusi B.S., Chemistry / Pre-Pharmacy Christine P. Lewis Memorial Fund $1,000
Renona Call B.A., Elementary Education James & Young Hee Ji Scholarship $5,000
Noel Brandon Degracia Bachelor of Business Administration Karri T. Perez Entrepreneurial Scholarship $1,000
Lisa Dereas M.A., Micronesian Studies CLASS “G is for Giving” Scholarship $750
Lisa Dereas M.A., Micronesian Studies Micronesian Studies Scholarship Award $1,000
Nicole Duenas M.A., Micronesian Studies Moitik Micronesian Studies Scholarship $5,000
Harley Edeluchel B.S., Agriculture & Life Sciences Patricia & Thomas W. Krise Gap Scholarship $1,000
Ella Fedenko B.S., Biology IT&E Overseas Scholarship $2,000
Anesha Ignacio B.A., Sociology Palau Women’s Club Scholarship $1,000
Aisleabesh Maglaque B.S., Biology – Bio-Medicine Society of Emeritus Professors and Retired Scholars Scholarship $1,000
Maia Manglona BBA, Accounting Matson Empowerment Scholarship $2,500
Tonya McDaniel B.A., Fine Arts James and Robert Sajnovsky Scholarship $1,000
Hannah Mendiola BBA, Accounting JFK High School Class of 1969 Scholarship $1,000
Hannah Mendiola BBA, Accounting Sylvia Blas Mendiola Scholarship for Mothers $1,000
Therese Miller M.S., Biology James A. Marsh Jr. Scholarship in Marine Biology or Water Resources $500
Denzyl Ngiralmau Bachelor of Business Administration IT&E Overseas Scholarship $2,000
Denzyl Ngiralmau Bachelor of Business Administration Kurt S. Moylan Foundation Scholarship $2,500
Denzyl Ngiralmau Bachelor of Business Administration Patricia & Thomas W. Krise 1st Generation Scholarship $1,000
Jennifer Ok Pre-Nursing Society of Emeritus Professors and Retired Scholars Scholarship $1,000
Megan Palacios B.S., Biology – Bio-Medicine Christine P. Lewis Memorial Fund $1,000
Mariana Pangelinan M.A., Teaching – Secondary Math IT&E Overseas Scholarship $2,000
Christian Ramos Bachelor of Business Administration PFM Scholarship $2,500
Christopher Reyes Bachelor of Business Administration Patricia & Thomas W. Krise Internship Grant $1,000
Kyona Rivera B.A., Communications CLASS “G is for Giving” Scholarship $750
Kyona Rivera B.A., Communications James & Young Hee Ji Scholarship $5,000
Abigail Santos B.A., Secondary Education – Math Society of Emeritus Professors and Retired Scholars Scholarship $1,000
Riza Sejalbo B.A., Psychology Cerila Rapadas Scholarship $500
Riza Sejalbo B.A., Psychology CLASS “G is for Giving” Scholarship $750
Britney Joy Sison B.S., Chemistry and Biology JFK High School Class of 1969 Scholarship $1,000
Britney Joy Sison B.S., Chemistry and Biology Palau Women’s Club Scholarship $1,000
Ulysses Story Bachelor of Business Administration and B.A. in Sociology Matson Empowerment Scholarship $2,500
Katrina Mae Tahimik BBA, Accounting Akira Baba Scholarship $750
Hilary Tirazona B.S., Biology – Bio-Medicine IT&E Overseas Scholarship $2,000
Anna Uy B.A., English – Literature CLASS “G is for Giving” Scholarship $750
Anna Uy B.A., English – Literature Robertson Applied Linguistics Award $500
Ami Vice B.S., Biology – Integrative Biology Society of Emeritus Professors and Retired Scholars Scholarship $1,000
Maria Johnnie Villareal M.S., Environmental Science Carriveau Family Scholarship $500
Viliame Vuetibau B.S., Civil Engineering SSFM Engineering Scholarship $7,825
Keoni Wong B.S., Biology – Bio-Medicine CNAS “G is for Giving” Scholarship $500

For any companies or individuals interested in supporting the University of Guam or establishing a scholarship for students, please contact the University of Guam Endowment Foundation at (671) 735-2957 or info@uogendowment.org, or visit https://give.uog.edu.

 

(UOG Release)

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