May 31: Reception Honoring US-South Pacific and US-Timor-Leste Scholarship Program Participants

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May 31, 2012: Reception Honoring US-South Pacific and US-Timor-Leste Scholarship Program Participants
(Click to Enlarge) Timor-Leste's ambassador to the US, Constancio Pinto, was among the dignitaries who met the USSP/USTL scholarship students at an evening reception at the East-West Center in Washington.
(Click to Enlarge) Timor-Leste's ambassador to the US, Constancio Pinto, was among the dignitaries who met the USSP/USTL scholarship students at an evening reception at the East-West Center in Washington.

WASHINGTON, DC (May 31, 2012) – Nine 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, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Tonga, 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.

(Click to Enlarge) USSP students with group coordinator Gene Vricella, and his wife, Professor Jill Robinson.
(Click to Enlarge) USSP students with group coordinator Gene Vricella, and his wife, Professor Jill Robinson.

This group of nine 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.

 

2012 U.S.–South Pacific & U.S.–Timor-Leste Scholarship Recipients:

Mr. Pelágio Doutel DA COSTA SARMENTO (Timor-Leste

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

Internship PlacementInternational Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

 

Mr. Manuel DA CRUZ (Timor-Leste)

BA candidate in Management Information Systems, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Internship PlacementOffice of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation (NSF)

 

Mr. David Lagilagi DUGUCANAVANUA (Fiji)

BBA candidate in Business Administration, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Internship PlacementHuman Resources Office, The Philips Collection

 

Mr. Simote Totauhelotu FOLIAKI (Tonga)

BS candidate in Agriculture, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Internship PlacementAnimal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

 

Ms. Isaura Maria Paulina FREITAS GOMES (Timor-Leste)             

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

Internship PlacementNOAA Coral Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

Mr. Jonas Floriano GUTERRES CORREIA (Timor-Leste)

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

Internship PlacementEmbassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

 

Ms. Rebekah Hirimaia ILAVE (Papua New Guinea)

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

Internship PlacementDisability Employment Program, Asians and Pacific Islanders, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

 

Ms. Nikola-Maria KOMAILEVUKA (Fiji)

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

Internship PlacementPacific Islands Unit, Asia & Pacific Department, Pacific Islands Unit, Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

 

Mr. Celestino XIMENES (Timor-Leste)

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

Internship PlacementOffice of Congressman Eni Faleomavaega (D – American Samoa)


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