GCC’s DelaCruz Awarded FHB John Lee Scholarship


Guam – Guam Community College sophomore Floregine delaCruz now has more help to continue her education. 

DelaCruz is the second recipient of the First Hawaiian Bank John K. Lee Jr. scholarship. The $1,500 award is given out annually in honor of the late John K. Lee Jr., former First Hawaiian Bank Guam and CNMI region supervisor and GCC Foundation board member.

“This scholarship will really help because I’m going to graduate from GCC and move over to UOG next semester,” delaCruz said. “I’m very grateful to First Hawaiian Bank and to the family of Mr. Lee for this opportunity.”

[L-R: Danilo Bilong, GCC Program Specialist; Dr. Mary Okada, GCC President; Regina delaCruz; Mrs. John K. Lee, Jr.; Floregine delaCruz, scholarship recipient; Laura Lynn Dacanay, FHB Sr. VP and Guam CNMI Region Manager; Ed Untalan, FHB VP and Maite Banking Center Manager.]

DelaCruz will graduate from GCC in May with an associate degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Her entire AA degree will transfer to the University of Guam, where she will enroll in fall semester as a junior, majoring in accounting.

“We want to thank First Hawaiian Bank and Mrs. John Lee for this opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC President/CEO. “It is a wonderful way to honor Mr. Lee’s memory, as he was an ardent supporter of GCC and its students for over 20 years.”

“We are pleased to offer this annual scholarship in honor of the late John K. Lee who believed strongly in the power of education to transform lives,” said Laura Dacanay, First Hawaiian Bank Senior Vice President/Guam-CNMI Region Manager.

DelaCruz was presented with her scholarship check on April 3 at the First Hawaiian Bank Maite branch.