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By Candace Le‘i

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (February 14, 2000 – Samoa News)---Local students do not often get the chance to visit face to face with college recruiters, but last week they had the opportunity to spend time with two officials from Chaminade University, a small private Catholic school in Hawai‘i.

Belinda Nagashima (Associate Director for Admissions) and Yvonne Magallanas (a Financial Aid Counselor) toured local high schools and ASCC (American Samoa Community College) to meet with students interested in furthering their academic studies at an undergraduate institution.

Nagashima and Magallanas commented that, "the response from the local students has been great."

"We welcome about 30 students each year from American Samoa," said Nagashima. "Many Samoan students consider it their 'home away from home,' because we have such a large Samoan population. Our Samoan club, Lumana‘i O Samoa, is one of Chaminade's largest clubs."

Students who filled out an inquiry card will be placed on Chaminade's mailing list, and if they apply, their $50 application fee will be waived.

Nagashima indicated that although the cost of attending Chaminade University is approximately $11,600 per year, need-based financial aid and scholarships substantially reduce the amount a student has to pay.

For instance, in addition to financial aid, any incoming freshman may be awarded scholarships of up to $5,000 per year if s/he meets certain academic criteria (which are based on the student's cumulative grade point average).

For transfer students, a transfer grant is awarded (in addition to financial aid) for those students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.

Popular majors at Chaminade include: Business, Education, Criminal Justice, Pre-Medicine, Communications and Psychology.

Chaminade University is the only educational institution in Hawai‘i that offers majors in Forensic Science, Interior Design and Early Childhood Education with a Montessori emphasis.

In addition, Chaminade University boasts of a great relationship between students and professors, with a 16:1 student-professor ratio. Furthermore, they are proud of the strong sense of community found at Chaminade, as "an education at Chaminade focuses on all facets of the individual," noted Nagashima.

In the words of their president, "When you leave Chaminade, I not only want you to have a good career but also a fulfilling life..."

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