Articles: Scholarships Available for Outstanding High School Students in Marshall Islands

Contributed by YokweOnline on Mar 15, 2012 - 06:17 PM

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High school student leaders, grades 9-11, are encouraged to apply for one of eight full scholarships being offered by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to attend a Junior Statesmen Summer School session in the States, and the JSA Diplomat Program in Beijing, China.   This is the second year that DOI scholarships have been available to students in the Republic of the Marshall Islands for the JSA Summer Program, and the first year that the DOI Scholarship offers the JSA Diplomat Program in Beijing, China.

The scholarships cover all tuition costs and round trip transportation to the JSA Summer School of the student’s choice in the USA or the JSA Diplomat Program in Beijing, China. 

Summer school students take exciting college level courses in government and speech while they develop and polish their leadership skills. Three-week sessions of the Junior Statesmen Summer School are conducted on the university campuses of Stanford University (near San Francisco), Princeton University (near New York), and Georgetown University (in Washington, DC).

Highlighting each summer school session is a high-level speakers’ program that gives students a chance to meet and question elected officials, judges, reporters, political campaign consultants, and others in the political arena.  Each night, summer school students debate important political issues in a simulation of Congress.

Admission to the summer school is competitive.  Admission decisions are based on an applicant's academic achievement, leadership, and interest in politics or government.  To apply, students must submit a copy of their high school grades, an essay, and a letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher.

To be considered for the DOI Scholarship for JSA Diplomat program in Beijing, China, the student’s completed application must be received by the U.S. Embassy in Majuro by 3:00pm on March 30th – Applications for JSA Summer Schools in USA must be received by April 16th, 2012.

Darlene Korok, Cultural Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Majuro is coordinating the program for the Marshall Islands.  Ms. Korok can be reached at +690-247-4011.  Jay Maguire, a Junior Statesmen Foundation representative, will be in Majuro Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30, to recruit outstanding students for the summer school and DOI scholarships.  During his visit, Mr. Maguire will meet with interested students and parents.   Students who meet with Mr. Maguire in person will not need to submit a teacher recommendation with their scholarship application.

Students who would like to meet with Mr. Maguire for an admissions interview may call Ms. Korok at the U.S. Embassy +690-247-4011 to set up an appointment.  Student should bring a copy of their application, high school transcripts and three personal essays to the interview.  Acceptance decisions will be announced at the end of the interviews.

For more information about Junior Statesmen Summer School and DOI scholarships, please contact Ms. Korok at the U.S. Embassy at +690-247-4011.

You may find more information on the summer school at www.jsa.org/summer

- United States Embassy, Majuro, Marshall Islands


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