Yap Student Wins Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Yap Catholic High School Rull, Yap

May 5, 0214

Domclancy Tiliwebug, the valedictorian of Yap Catholic High School Class of 2014, was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

He was one of 1,000 Gates Millennium scholars chosen from over 52,000 applicants throughout the United States and the Pacific Region. The Gates Millennium Scholarship is a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at the college or university of the scholar’s choice, and it may be renewed for graduate study in selected academic areas.

Since Domclancy arrived at Yap Catholic High School on day the school opened its doors in 2011, he has achieved a 95 percent unweighted average, consistently earning him first honors as well as two coveted YCHS scholarships: the Father David Ciancimino, S.J. Scholarship (a full scholarship awarded to the top student of 12th grade) and the Father John Hagileiram, S.J. Scholarship (a full scholarship awarded to the top student of 11th grade).

He has also accumulated several perfect attendance awards, missing only one day of school in the history of YCHS.

He has captained the volleyball and basketball teams and served as the engineer and driver for the Yap state champion Robotics Team.

Domclancy serves Mass at St. Francis Assisi Church, volunteers in his village of Gilman, visits elders and prays with patients at the hospital with the YCHS Christian Service team, participates in monthly clearings on the YCHS campus, recruits young people to attend monthly First Friday youth events in the local Catholic churches, and, most recently, led the YCHS Agape junior retreat.

Patrick Nolan, S.J., director of College Counseling at YCHS, explained some of the challenges faced by Domclancy. "He completed an extensive Gates application that included eight essays, while excelling in a demanding senior year class schedule. He managed his time well by arriving to school a half hour early each day and spending several Saturday mornings on campus with his classmates to complete the Gates and other college and scholarship applications."

Domclancy has chosen to attend the University of Portland and will study in its School of Engineering. In addition to receiving the Gates Millennium Scholarship and a very generous academic scholarship from the University of Portland, Domclancy received a Guam-based engineering scholarship, and he is a finalist for both the Bank of Guam Scholarship and the Asian-Pacific Islander American Scholarship.

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