The Latte Training Academy, Inc.

Founders Scholarship Program

Eligibility and Application Criteria

 

Purpose: The purpose of the Latte Training Academy, Inc.’s Founders Scholarship Program is to provide support to students who have fully participated and successfully completed a Latte Training Academy program. The Latte Training Academy, Inc. believes that the continued education and career development of its students is essential to the long-term success of the individual, as well as the overall community in which the student resides. The program aims to provide financial assistance to former LTA students through a competitive process for the continued education and career development of the successful applicant.

Eligibility: To qualify for funding, applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

·         Has fully participated in and successfully completed a Latte Training Academy, Inc. program;

·         Must be a graduating senior at the time of application;

·         Be accepted into an accredited post-secondary or trades institution;

·         Be a resident of the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands at the time of application;

·         Have documented proof of the required amount of community service hours performed for a non-profit organization active and registered in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI);  

·         Provide three (3) letters of support submitted by non-family members; and

·         Demonstrate a minimum required Grade Point Average (GPA) at the time of application through the time of award.

Restrictions: The following restrictions apply for all award applications:

·         An applicant can apply for no more than two (2) focus areas;

·         An applicant who is awarded but fails to begin the courses work at the identified institution will be ineligible for future applications;

·         An applicant may only apply for a period of two (2) years following their graduation from the CNMI Public School System (PSS);

·         Award recipients must provide all required documentation to the Latte Training Academy, Inc. selection committee within the specified time frame. Failure to provide all required documentation will result in the award being granted to the next highest ranking applicant who continues to meet the eligibility criteria at the time of award.

Total Number of Awards Per Award Cycle: Ten (10)

Total Amount of Awards Per Award Cycle: $10,000.00 US Dollars

Award Information:

The CNMI Founders Scholarship Fund is comprised of awards which meet the intent of the founders of the Latte Training Academy, Inc., Mrs. Arielle Buyum, Mr. Julian Aguon, and Mr. Jeremy Sasamoto. The LTA founders envisioned an organization that provided the Marianas with a skilled and diverse workforce through the provision of resources and services not readily available within the region.  Each focus area within the scholarship fund is premised on the passion which motivated each founder to begin the Latte Training Academy.

Focus Area: Hotel & Hospitality

Funding Amount: $2,000.00

Award Fund Name: The Jeremy Sasamoto Scholarship Fund

 

As the only member of the Latte Training Academy, Inc. founding members that was born and raised in the CNMI, Mr. Jeremy Sasamoto strongly believed in the mission of the organization. In pursuing his own education, Mr. Sasamoto left the CNMI to achieve his bachelor’s degree at Washington State University only to return the islands to contribute to its workforce. As a child, Jeremy saw the benefits of the CNMI’s early economic prosperity, however as an adult he witnessed the economic decline of the CNMI. Understanding the need for an educated and trained populous, he recognized the limitations of the resources available in the CNMI. Mr. Sasamoto was adamant that the Latte Training Academy, Inc. serve to supplement to the existing resources available in the islands rather than compete with existing training and educational resources for the people of the CNMI.  

 

This focus area will award two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each. The applicants must demonstrate a desire to enter into a profession within the CNMI’s primary economic driver of the hotel and hospitality industry. This may include any area within the hotel & hospitality industry. Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to public service through the completion of 50 hours of community service, as well as a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average upon application. If prior to entrance into a post-secondary program, the applicant’s GPA falls below the required threshold, the award will be rescinded and immediately awarded to the next highest ranked applicant who continues to meet the eligibility criteria.


 

 

Focus Area 2: Hotel & Hospitality (Emphasis on: Humanitarian & Public Service)

Funding Amount: $2,000.00

Award Name: The Julian Aguon Humanitarian Scholarship Fund

 

This focus area will award two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00. The applicants must demonstrate a desire to enter into the Hotel & Hospitality industry. To be eligible for this award, applicants must have demonstrated a clear commitment to humanitarian efforts through acts of public service which clearly indicate that the applicant has a commitment to improving their environment or aiding others in need.  Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to public service through the completion of 100 hours of community service, as well as a minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average upon application. If prior to entrance into a post-secondary program, the applicant’s GPA falls below the required threshold, the award will be rescinded and immediately awarded to the next highest ranked applicant who continues to meet the eligibility criteria.

 

Focus Area 3: Hotel & Hospitality (Emphasis on: Women in Business)

Funding Amount: $2,000.00

Award: The Arielle Buyum Women in Business Scholarship Fund

*Note: This program is only open to female applicants who meet all other required eligibility requirements.   

 

This focus area will award two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00. The applicant must demonstrate a desire to enter into a profession within business including enrollment in a post-secondary program in business management, business administration, business management, business marketing, finance, business development and other acceptable program areas in the field of business to be specifically applied to their desire to deploy their education in the Hotel & Hospitality industry. Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to public service through the completion of 50 hours of community service, as well as a 3.0 Grade Point Average upon application. If prior to entrance into a post-secondary program, the applicant’s GPA falls below the required threshold, the award will be rescinded and immediately awarded to the next highest ranked applicant who continues to meet the eligibility criteria.


 

 

Focus Area 4: Hotel & Hospitality/ Tourism

Funding Amount: $5,000.00

Award: The Marianas Hospitality Scholarship Fund

 

This award will provide three (3) $1,000.00 scholarships for one (1) student each enrolled at Kagman High School, Marianas High School and Saipan Southern High School, who otherwise meet all eligibility criteria.  All applicants must have completed and received certification in the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) with the Latte Training Academy (LTA). Additionally, the applicant must have applied to an accredited post-secondary institution. All applicants must have a 3.25 GPA at the time of application and must maintain this GPA through matriculation from the Public School System. Applicants must have three letters of reference, including one (1) from a PSS High School Teacher, one (1) from a non-profit organization for which the applicant had volunteered for, and one (1) personal reference.

The program will offer one (1) $2,000.00 scholarship to one (1) student from any Saipan PSS High School.  Applicants should demonstrate an active engagement in the CNMI’s tourism industry prior to application through active employment or volunteer work. All applicants must have completed and received certification in the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) with the Latte Training Academy (LTA). Additionally, the applicant must have applied to an accredited post-secondary institution. All applicants must have a 3.5 GPA at the time of application and must maintain this GPA through matriculation from the Public School System. Applicants must have three letters of reference, including one (1) from a PSS High School Teacher, one (1) from a non-profit organization for which the applicant had volunteered for, and one (1) person who in a management role within the CNMI’s hotel and hospitality industry. 

 

 

 

Please Read Scholarship Eligibilty Criteria and Applicant Requirements Below

 

The Latte Training Academy, Inc.

Founders Scholarship Program

Eligibility and Application Criteria

 

Purpose:

The purpose of the Latte Training Academy, Inc.’s Founders Scholarship Program is to provide support to students who have fully participated and successfully completed a Latte Training Academy program. The Latte Training Academy, Inc. believes that the continued education and career development of its students is essential to the long-term success of the individual, as well as the overall community in which the student resides. The program aims to provide financial assistance to former LTA students through a competitive process for the continued education and career development of the successful applicant.

Eligibility:

To qualify for funding, applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Has fully participated in and successfully completed a Latte Training Academy, Inc. program;
  • Be accepted into an accredited post-secondary or trades institution;
  • Be a resident of the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands at the time of application;

Restrictions:

The following restrictions apply for all award applications:

  • An applicant who is awarded but fails to begin the courses work at the identified institution will be ineligible for future applications;
  • An applicant may only apply for a period of three (3) years following their successful completion of the Latte Training Academy Program;
  • Award recipients must provide all required documentation to the Latte Training Academy, Inc. selection committee within the specified time frame. Failure to provide all required documentation will result in the award being granted to the next highest ranking applicant who continues to meet the eligibility criteria at the time of award.
  • Previously awarded applicants are ineligible for current and future awards.

Total Number of Awards Per Award Cycle: Ten (10)

Total Amount of Awards Per Award Cycle: $11,000.00 US Dollars

Founders Scholarship Award Information:

The CNMI Founders Scholarship Fund is comprised of awards which meet the intent of the founders of the Latte Training Academy, Inc., Mrs. Arielle Buyum, Mr. Julian Aguon, and Mr. Jeremy Sasamoto. The LTA founders envisioned an organization that provided the Marianas with a skilled and diverse workforce through the provision of resources and services not readily available within the region.  Each focus area within the scholarship fund is premised on the passion which motivated each founder to begin the Latte Training Academy. 

Award Name: The Jeremy Sasamoto Scholarship Fund

This fund offers two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each. Mr. Sasamoto was adamant that the Latte Training Academy, Inc. serve to supplement to the existing resources available in the islands rather than compete with existing training and educational resources for the people of the CNMI.  

Award Name: The Julian Aguon Humanitarian Scholarship Fund

Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each. Mr. Aguon, born and raised on the island of Guam, is dedicated to humanitarian efforts and therefore applicants must have demonstrated a clear commitment to humanitarian efforts through acts of public service which clearly indicate that the applicant has a commitment to improving their environment or aiding others in need.

Award Name: The Arielle Buyum Healthcare & Women In Business Scholarship Fund

Note: Eligiblity for the Women in Business funds are limited to female applicants. Scholarship funds which are to be applied to professions in healthcare are open to all applicants.  

Two (2) scholarships to applicants in the amount of $1,000.00 each. Ms. Buyum is a woman in business and therefore female applicants must demonstrate a desire to enter into a profession within general Business or the Hotel & Hospitality industry. In addition, Ms. Buyum is a nurse and therefore males or females entering the healthcare field can also avail of this scholarship.

Award Name: The Marianas Hospitality Scholarship Fund

This award will provide three (3) $1,000.00 scholarships for one (1) student each enrolled at Kagman High School, Marianas High School and Saipan Southern High School, who otherwise meet all eligibility criteria and one (1) $2,000.00 scholarship to one (1) student from any Saipan PSS High School. Applicants should demonstrate an active engagement in the CNMI’s tourism industry prior to application through active employment or volunteer work (please include this in your essay). 

 

Applications Open on August 01, 2018. Applications Close on September 15, 2018