2018 Junior Statesman of America Summer School Program Scholarship Awards

Tuesday - June 26, 2018

A ceremony was held at the Governor’s Office to award scholarships to worthy students of the 2018 Junior Statesman Summer School Program, jointly funded by the American Samoa Government and the US Department of the Interior. Pursuant to Governor Lolo Moliga’s strong support of advancing academic opportunities for our students, he directed local funding be increased from $6,000 to $21,000, combined with $34,260 from the Department of the Interior, provided $55,260 in total scholarship funds for the 2018 JSA Program.

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The ceremony was presided over by Secretary of Samoan Affairs Paramount Chief Mauga Tasi Asuega for the American Samoa Government, and attended by Lydia Faleafine Nomura - OIA Field Representative for the US Department of the Interior, JSA scholarship recipients and their proud parents, and staff of the Governor’s Office.


The criteria used for the selection of the Junior Statesmen award scholarship recipients were financial need, academics with consideration to GPA SAT and ACT scores, essays, leadership and community service, presentation during interview process and personal fundraising efforts. All of the 22 students interviewed

were awarded funds however only 14 have committed to attend the JSA program at various campuses including Stanford, Georgetown, and Princeton. Every student is receiving between $2,500 and $5,000 including assistance on airfare if needed. This year JSA is holding a pre and post orientation program for students from the territories, so rather than a 3-week program students will enjoy a 5-week program. The JSA scholarship awardees are:

Georgetown University:

Ameperosa Langkilde - THS Class of 2019, Gloria Park - Pacific Horizons Class of 2019, Yasminna Sanchez - SHS Class of 2020 and Luciano Fuataga - SHS Class of 2021.

Princeton University:

Lessei Perelini - SHS Class of 2019 and Jimi Shun Lin - SPA Class of 2019.

Stanford University:

Aaliyah Shalhout - Kanana Fou Class of 2020, Erin Jessop - SHS Class of 2020, Lisa Vaiau - SHS Class of 2019, Mei-Ling Aga - SPA Class of 2020, Sophie Young - SPA Class of 2020, Talofa Fe’a - THS Class of 2020, Fouaimalo Fuimaono - FHS Class of 2019 and Victor Chen – Pacific Horizons Class of 2021.