Last Mile Scholarship helps 10 students complete their degrees

Last Mile Scholarship helps 10 students complete their degrees

Last Mile Scholarship helps 10 students complete their degrees


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Top (left to right): Mary Grace Abad, Sydney Aguon, Micah Carlos, Rodger Dela Cruz, Daniel Dimag Bottom (left to right): Ryu Espinosa, Lee Ha Noul, Rosania Olegeriil, Kristian Simbulan, Cianna Yanger

Ten students who are in the home stretch of their degrees have been given a financial boost to the finish line. Each has received $1,200 through the Last Mile Scholarship, a new scholarship launched in July meant to help senior-level students who might not be able to complete their degrees due to personal or financial hardship. 

Of 34 applicants, 10 were selected by a committee headed by Senior Vice President and Provost Anita Borja Enriquez. 

“We are thrilled to provide this amazing funding support as an integral part of the University of Guam’s College Affordability Initiative,” Enriquez said.

The award is meant for students who are within 30 credits of graduating who have exhausted other sources of financial aid, have a demonstrated hardship, or have a financial constraint in regards to income. 

“When I was notified about winning the award, I was elated,” said scholarship recipient Cianna Yanger, who had been doing freelance graphic design work to help pay for school. “With this scholarship I can focus more on my studies.” 

Yanger plans to eventually open her own creative studio but wanted to complete her degree first as she said she has seen the benefits of higher education in her field.   

For other recipients, the scholarship money makes it possible to finish their degree requirements after having taken time off for childbirth, family illnesses, and other circumstances that made time and money more scarce.

“I think it’s a great way to give that extra push to those who are close to graduating,” said Mary Grace Abad, a secondary education major who plans to be a math teacher after graduating this December.

The scholarship recipients are:

  • Mary Grace Abad, Secondary Education – Math 
  • Sydney Aguon, Secondary Education – Physical Education
  • Micah Carlos, Secondary Education – Physical Education
  • Rodger Dela Cruz, Mathematics and Secondary Education – Math 
  • Daniel Dimag, Psychology
  • Ryu Espinosa, Biology with Japanese Minor
  • Lee Ha Noul, Health Science – Public Health with Health Service Administration Minor
  • Rosania Olegeriil, Criminal Justice and Public Administration
  • Kristian Simbulan, Secondary Education – English for Education
  • Cianna Yanger, Undeclared

Various scholarship opportunities are available throughout the year to students of all academic levels and major. Students can find them posted at