Bikinian Lulani Ritok Awarded Stanford University Summer Program Scholarship

Interior Department Scholarships Awarded To Four Outstanding High School Students to Study This Summer in the States

The U.S. Department of the Interior and The Junior Statesmen Foundation proudly announce the winners of four full scholarships to the 2010 Junior Statesmen Summer School. The scholarships, funded by the Interior Department, cover all tuition costs and round trip transportation to the Summer School.

Julie Ann “Lulani” Ritok, a Bikinian and a freshman at Majuro Cooperative High School,Tony Dujmovic, a junior at Marshall Islands High School, Ida Najera, a sophomore at Ebeye Seventh Day Adventist School, and Marvin Selvenious, a junior at Marshall Islands High School are the 2010 winners of these prestigious scholarship awards.

Ida, Julie Ann and Marvin will be attending the Junior Statesmen Summer School at Stanford University.  Tony will be attending the Summer School session at Princeton University.

Sessions of the Junior Statesmen Summer School are conducted on the prestigious university campuses of Stanford (near San Francisco, CA), Princeton University in New Jersey, and Georgetown (in Washington, D.C.).

Summer School students take college level courses in Government, as they develop and polish their leadership skills.

Highlighting each Summer School session is a high level speakers program which 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 controversial political issues in a simulation of the United States 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 submit a copy of their high school grades, two essays, and a letter of recommendation from a counselor or an academic teacher.

Tuition, which covers all academic expenses, housing and meals for the month, is $4,500.  Transportation to the school is not included in the tuition.  Hawaiian Airlines has offered substantially reduced airfares to Junior Statesmen Summer School participants in the past, and we are hoping to continue this great benefit this year.

This is the first year that the U.S. Department of the Interior has offered full tuition and transportation scholarships to the Junior Statesmen Summer School to outstanding high school students in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  Other Insular areas involved in the scholarship program include American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Twenty three (23) students in the Republic of the Marshall Islands have been accepted to attend a session of the 2010 Junior Statesmen Summer School.

Darlene Korok, Protocol/Cultural PD at the U. S. Embassy in Majuro, and Karen Prosser, Territorial Recruiter, The Junior Statesmen Foundation are coordinating the participation of the RMI students.

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~ by bikinijack on April 25, 2010.

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