Reception Honoring US-South Pacific and US-Timor-Leste Scholarship Program Participants

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When: Jun 5 2013 - 5:00pm until Jun 5 2013 - 6:30pm
Where: East-West Center in Washington: 1819 L St. NW, Suite 600. Washington, DC. 20036
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Reception Honoring US-South Pacific and US-Timor-Leste Scholarship Program Participants


(Left to Right) Department of State Country Coordinator for Timor-Leste, Drake Weisert, chats with Leoneto Elizario, a USTL scholarship recipient. Mr. Elizario's Washington internship was at the Office of the Hon. Eni Faleomavaega , U.S. Representative to American Samoa.
(Left to Right) Department of State Country Coordinator for Timor-Leste, Drake Weisert, chats with Leoneto Elizario, a USTL scholarship recipient. Mr. Elizario's Washington internship was at the Office of the Hon. Eni Faleomavaega , U.S. Representative to American Samoa.

Seven student recipients of the U.S.-South Pacific (USSP) and the U.S.-Timor-Leste (USTL) Scholarship Programs were honored at a reception hosted at the East-West Center in Washington. These scholarship programs assist students from the island nations of the South Pacific and Timor-Leste who are pursuing degrees degree at universities in the United States in various fields that allow them to develop leadership qualities and skills that will contribute to the human capacity and development of their respective countries. They are funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Representing four nations, Fiji, Soloman Islands, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu, each of these remarkable students are perusing undergraduate degrees at the University of Hawaii. They were in Washington DC to participate in a five-week summer internship, a required portion of their scholarship, where they received a professional appointment in an organization or government agency that is engaged in work related to their major fields of study. During their stay, the USSP and USTL students also participate in cultural trips and activities.

East-West Center Visiting Fellow Julio Amador III chats with one of the USSP/USTL internship supervisors. This annual gathering also serves as a
East-West Center Visiting Fellow Julio Amador III chats with one of the USSP/USTL internship supervisors. This annual gathering also serves as a "thank you" for the organizations and individuals that host the program's students.

This group of seven students was led by Mr. Gene Vricella, Scholarship Program Coordinator with the Education Program at the East-West Center. Also attending the reception were some of the students' supervisors in Washington D.C., representatives of Pacific nation embassies, representatives of the State Department and EWC alumni from the Washington, D.C. chapter.

You can learn more about these fellowship programs and other student programs administered by the East-West Center by visiting the Student Programs webpage.

 

2013 U.S.–South Pacific & U.S.–Timor-Leste Scholarship Recipients:

Ms. Charity Kalke ALICK (Vanuatu)

MS candidate in Animal Science, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa 

Internship PlacementDepartment of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park

 

Ms. Maria Celeste DA COSTA ALVES (Timor-Leste)

BA candidate in Environmental Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa 

Internship PlacementEmbassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

 

Mr. Leoneto ELIZARIO (Timor-Leste)

BA candidate in Communication, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Internship PlacementOffice of the Hon. Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa), U.S. House of Representatives, United States Congress

 

Ms. Deepika Shavangni LAL (Fiji)

MS candidate in Natural Resources & Environmental Management, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Internship PlacementCoral Triangle Program, World Wildlife Fund (WWF-USA)

 

Mr. Derek MANE (Solomon Islands)

MA candidate in Political Science, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa  

Internship PlacementUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Washington, DC Information Office

 

Ms. Sandrine Cindy MELTEWOMU (Vanuatu)

BS candidate in Biology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Internship PlacementLaboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

 

Ms. Ana Mendes PINTO DA SILVA (Timor-Leste)

BA candidate in Sociology, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo 

Internship PlacementEvery Child Matters (NGO)

 

Accompanied by

Mr. Eugene P. VRICELLA, Scholarship Program Coordinator

U.S.–South Pacific (USSP) & U.S.–Timor-Leste (USTL) Scholarship Programs

Education Program, East-West Center