87.2 F
Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, October 17, 2021
HomeNewsLocal governmentInterior Supports Insular Area Students Through Close-Up and Junior State Foundation

Interior Supports Insular Area Students Through Close-Up and Junior State Foundation

U.S. Department of the Interior

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has provided $1,499,100 in fiscal year 2021 for the grant funding of the Technical Assistance Program. The grant is for two civic engagement and education programs for students who live in the insular areas. One million dollars has been announced for the Close-Up Foundation and $499,100 has been awarded to the Junior State Foundation.

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has provided $1,499,100 in fiscal year 2021 for the grant funding of the Technical Assistance Program. The grant is for two civic engagement and education programs for students who live in the insular areas. One million dollars has been announced for the Close-Up Foundation and $499,100 has been awarded to the Junior State Foundation.

“Every year, Congress provides this important support so that the students from the insular areas may participate in the Close-Up and Junior State civic education programs along with students from the other 50 states in the United States,” said Nikolao Pula, acting assistant secretary for Insular and International Affairs.

For the past 30 years, Interior has supported over 10,000 students and educators from the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as the freely associated states (the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau).

This funding will provide opportunities for students and teachers from the insular areas to participate in Close Up’s in-person programs, including both local summits and the Washington, D.C.-based programs for academic year 2021-2022. The civic education opportunities designed for insular area youth creates opportunities for promoting efficient and effective governance.

The Junior State Foundation will support four students from each of the seven insular areas to participate in three-week programs at Stanford and Georgetown Universities, providing a rigorous summer college-preparatory experience and academic boot camp. During these summer programs, students are assigned to develop a community action project in their home islands.

On July 19, Interior also announced grant funding to fund membership fees for the Insular Areas in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, which makes students from the territories and the freely associated states eligible for in-state tuition rates at select schools in the western United States.

Information about the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs and funding assistance for the insular areas can be found at www.doi.gov/oia.

. One million dollars has been announced for the Close-Up Foundation and $499,100 has been awarded to the Junior State Foundation.

“Every year, Congress provides this important support so that the students from the insular areas may participate in the Close-Up and Junior State civic education programs along with students from the other 50 states in the United States,” said Nikolao Pula, acting assistant secretary for Insular and International Affairs.

For the past 30 years, Interior has supported over 10,000 students and educators from the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as the freely associated states (the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau).

This funding will provide opportunities for students and teachers from the insular areas to participate in Close Up’s in-person programs, including both local summits and the Washington, D.C.-based programs for academic year 2021-2022. The civic education opportunities designed for insular area youth creates opportunities for promoting efficient and effective governance.

The Junior State Foundation will support four students from each of the seven insular areas to participate in three-week programs at Stanford and Georgetown Universities, providing a rigorous summer college-preparatory experience and academic boot camp. During these summer programs, students are assigned to develop a community action project in their home islands.

On July 19, Interior also announced grant funding to fund membership fees for the Insular Areas in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, which makes students from the territories and the freely associated states eligible for in-state tuition rates at select schools in the western United States.

Information about the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs and funding assistance for the insular areas can be found at www.doi.gov/oia.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.



JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

STAY CONNECTED

20,771FansLike
4,439FollowersFollow

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more
Print Friendly, PDF & Email