Senator Duenas Applauds Underwood for Student Incentives at UOG

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Guam – In response to the University of Guam’s President Dr. Robert Underwood’s announcement that they would be giving $1000 grants to freshmen who achieve sophomore status in three semesters and to students who graduate in four years, Senator Chris Duenas applauds the president for motivating students to complete their university education.

“I have always said, we need to stop striving for an ‘adequate’ education, raise the bar, and strive for a ‘higher’ education. Incentives such as these do just that.” Duenas also says “we need to begin taking advantage of the scholarship vehicles available for our students to offset the proposed increases in tuition.”

 READ the release from the office of Senator Chris Duenas below:

In response to the University of Guam’s (UOG) President Dr. Robert Underwood’s announcement that they would be giving $1,000 grants to students who goes from being a freshman to a sophomore in three semesters and to students who finish their education in eight consecutive semesters; Senator Chris Duenas praised the

university president for incentivizing students to complete their university education.

“I have always said, we need to stop striving for an ‘adequate’ education, raise the bar, and strive for a ‘higher’ education. Incentives such as these do just that.” Duenas also says “we need to begin taking advantage of the scholarship vehicles available for our students to offset the proposed increases in tuition.”

In 2011, Senator Chris Duenas introduced and authored three scholarship laws:

• Growing Guam’s Workforce Scholarship Program (P.L. 31-128)- provides economically disadvantaged students the ability to experience post secondary education.
• Building Guam’s Trades Scholarship Program (P.L. 31-180)- benefits students who are seeking careers in the construction industry.
• Every Child is Entitled to a Higher Education Scholarship Program (P.L. 31-129) – requires that each scholarship recipient to work with an academic advisor to develop a contract between the student and UOG detailing the academic plan to obtain a degree within a specific timeframe.

Senator Duenas met with Presidents Dr. Robert Underwood from UOG and Ms. Mary Okada from Guam Community College in the past and collectively agree that these initiatives are “finish line” incentives designed to get students to complete higher education. Public Law 31-129 in comparison with UOG’s education incentive, both have similar outcomes in the intent which is to encourage students upon enrolling with the University of Guam to challenge themselves in academic excellence in a prescribed amount of time. Senator Duenas will be pressing his colleagues to provide funding for the UOG program identified in P.L. 31-129 in the upcoming FY2015 budget.

“Educating our workforce is key to meeting the rising cost of living on Guam and improving the quality of life for our working families,” Duenas said.