WASHINGTON (Press release) – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Insular Affairs announced $1,499,430 in fiscal year 2022 technical assistance program funding for two civic engagement and education programs for island students . $1 million was donated to the Close-Up Foundation and $499,430 was donated to the Junior State Foundation.
“The educational opportunities provided by Close-Up and Junior State Foundation are undeniable, and with the funding made available by Congress, students in island areas will once again be able to take full advantage of these unique learning programs,” said Deputy -Assistant Secretary. for Island and International Affairs Keone Nakoa.
Over the past three decades, Interior has supported more than 10,000 students and teachers from the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the freely associated states of the Federated States of Micronesia. , the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau to participate in the student exchange programs of the Junior State Foundation and the Close-up Foundation.
On May 26, 2022, the Interior also announced a grant to fund membership fees for island areas of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, making students from territories and states freely associated eligible for in-state tuition at participating schools in the western United States.
Information about the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Island Affairs and financial assistance for island areas is available at www.doi.gov/oia