The Micronesia Conservation Trust and partners of the Micronesia Challenge selected five professionals for graduate-level scholarships under two regional scholarship opportunities.
The 2019 Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge program scholars are:
• Carey Demapan: From Saipan, in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Demapan works for the Department of Lands and Natural Resources as the Public Outreach Specialist for the Sea Turtle Program. She will complete her Master’s of Science in Environmental Management at the University of Maryland.
• Jovalyn Ilong Koshiba: From the Republic of Palau, Kosbiba is currently the grants program officer for the Palau Protected Areas Network Fund. She will pursue her Master’s of Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii.
• Lincy Marino: From the Republic of Palau, Marino is a researcher at the Palau International Coral Reef Center. She will complete her Master’s of Science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.
The Association for the Promotion of International Cooperation/ Japan (APIC), Sophia University scholars:
• Elchung Hideyos: From the Republic of Palau, Hideyos works at the Ebiil Society as the Youth/Community Education Program Coordinator. She will complete her Master’s in Global Environmental Studies at Sophia University.
• Annette Rose Ludwig: A Pohnpeian who was raised in Fiji and currently resides in Guam, Ludwig is a research assistant at the herbarium of the University of Guam. She will pursue her Master’s in Global Environmental Studies at Sophia University.
This brings the total number of graduate students supported to 13 from across the region.
The Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge Scholarship was made possible by an initial contribution from the estate of one of Micronesia’s conservation pioneers, William "Bill" Charles Raynor. He helped launch The Nature Conservancy's program in Micronesia and helped establish several nongovernment organizations that now are leading conservation and sustainable development work in their jurisdictions. The scholarship fund supports an opportunity for individuals from Micronesia to undertake either a master or doctorate degree in any resource management/conservation field.
Sophia University has committed to providing full tuition scholarships, APIC is covering travel and room and board expenses and MCT, through the BRMC funds, is covering the cost of internships for the students.