Speaker Won Pat Announces Junior State of America Scholarship Recipients

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Guam – Speaker Won Pat and Junior States of America [JSA] program Larry Guillemette announced four local scholarship awards for the JSA Summer Session at the Legislature’s Public Hearing Room Friday.

10 high school students from Guam, were selected by JSA to attend Summer School sessions at Georgetown, Stanford, and Princeton Universities for this academic year.

Four students were awarded full scholarships by the JSA and three of the four are members of the Public Policy Institute (PPI) a student High School intern program which operates out of the Office of Speaker Judith Won Pat. 

Combined, the Scholarship awards total in excess of $34,000.00.

The full scholarships were awarded to:

* Dominique Ong of Saint John’s School – Princeton University

* Janhvi Bhojwani of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School – Georgetown

* Ana Bordallo of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam – Georgetown University

* Christian Valencia from Simon Sanchez High School – Stanford University 

PPI member, Anthony Alberto L. Lamorena, a Junior at Harvest Christian Academy was selected last year for the JSA Winter Congress, and was also accepted to attend Stanford University for the summer session.

[In the photo, parents and recipients join Senators of the 32nd Guam Legislature, DOE Deputy Superintendent Rob Malay and Ms. Perez, principal, of Simon Sanchez High School were on hand celebrate the recipients. Students identified L – R,  6th from left –  Janhvi Bhojwani of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, 10th from left,  Dominique Ong of Saint John’s School who will attend Princeton University; 11th from left, Anthony Alberto L. Lamorena, a Junior at Harvest Christian Academy was accepted to attend Stanford University, 14th from left Ana Bordallo of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam will attend Georgetown University  and 17th from left Christian Valencia from Simon Sanchez High School will attend Stanford University.]   

Each scholarship winner will receive a full scholarship worth in excess of $7,000 to pay for all costs to attend one of JSA’s summer schools.

The scholarships are made possible due to the Junior State’s more than 20 year partnership with The U.S. Department of the Interior. Combined, the Scholarship award totals in excess of $34,000.00 for the 2013 academic year.

“I am extremely pleased to learn about and share in the success of these students as JSA scholars,” stated Speaker Won Pat. “Our island has a great number of high-achieving high school students that can be counted among the best and brightest of our nation’s future leaders and decision makers.” 

The group was selected after completing a competitive essay of 500 to 750 words on a political topic that they felt passionate about. Additionally they had to prepare an essay on why they felt they deserved the scholarship.

The summer sessions are intended to provide the students the opportunity to experience college life.  They will be taking college courses designed for entire year but are condensed into a 3 week program.

“Each year, we have dozens of very strong applicants for the DOI Scholarships, which makes the selection process very difficult,” says Mr. Guillemette. “The students chosen each year are among the best and brightest in Guam and will most likely be future leaders their communities,” he continued.

Questions or comments may be directed to Speaker Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., at 671-472-3586/7 or speaker@judiwonpat.com