The Education Committee believes in supporting the students in our public and private schools as they will be the future of the CNMI. This committee is responsible for several key programs at the Saipan Chamber of Commerce: the annual high school workshop, Career Exploration Day, and our most notable program, the Chamber Scholarship.
In the spring of each year, the committee conducts interviews and selects recipients for Educational Scholarships. More information is available under the Events & Programs section of this website. Six scholarships are awarded annually in the amount of $2,000 each. Four are given to high school seniors entering college. One is given to a college student already attending college for more than one year. One is given to a student pursuing a vocational career.
Apply for the 2018 Saipan Chamber of Commerce Scholarship HERE
See past scholarship award ceremonies and recipients HERE
High School Workshops
In the past years, the committee has also undertaken an annual High School Workshop for local junior and senior students at public and private schools. This workshop aims to prepare the students for life after graduation focusing on three key topics: 1.) Interviewing Skills, 2.) Learning to Budget, and 3.) Balancing school, work, and life at home.
See past high school workshops HERE
Career Exploration Day
In December each year, the Chamber holds its Career Exploration Day where high school students have the opportunity to spend one day at a Chamber business to see what the world of work entails; most students also attend the General Membership meeting that same day.
For 2017 Career Exploration Day Applications and information: Click HERE
See past Career Exploration Day activities HERE
Education Committee Co-Chairs
2018 Co-Chairs: Tyrell Pauling (Hyatt Regency Saipan) & Shamika Ratwatte (Ernst & Young)
2017 Co-Chairs: Vickie Izuka (First Hawaiian Bank) & Shamika Ratwatte (Ernst & Young)
2016 Chair: Vickie Izuka (First Hawaiian Bank) & Velma Palacios (IT&E)
2015 Chair: Vicky Benavente (Pacific Islands Club)
2014 Co-Chairs: Velma Palacios (IT&E) & Janice Tenorio (IT&E)
Education Committee Meeting Dates:
The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30am.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Wednesday, July 10, 2018
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019