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Junior Statesman Scholarships available for American Samoa high school students

Washington, D.C. — The Junior Statesmen Foundation announced this week that Jay Maguire, a member of their Board of Directors will visit American Samoa from March 19 – 23 to meet with students interested in applying for one of four scholarships to the JSA Summer School.  These scholarships are provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

 “Each year, we have dozens of very strong applicants for the DOI Scholarships, which makes the selection process very difficult,” says Mr. Maguire.  “The students chosen each year are among the best and brightest in American Samoa and will most likely be future leaders their communities,” he continued, “I’m looking forward to meeting all those interested in these outstanding educational programs, as well as reconnecting with all of the JSA Summer School alumni in American Samoa.” 

 Each scholarship winner will receive a full ride scholarship worth approximately $7000 to pay for any tuition-related costs to attend one of JSA’s summer schools. The scholarships are made possible due to the Junior State’s more than 20 year partnership with The U.S. Department of the Interior. 

 Students who demonstrate high-achieving grades, strong leadership skills, involvement in the community, and an interest in public service are strongly encouraged to apply for the scholarships.  

 The JSA / DOI Scholarship Program will award four scholarships to students from American Samoa to attend one of the JSA’s Summer Schools in the US mainland which are held at Stanford, Princeton and Georgetown Universities.  Four additional scholarships are available for students interested in attending the JSA Diplomat Program which is held at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China, however, competition for those four scholarships is among students from each of the U.S. territories.

More information is available at at the link for Summer Programs.

 In addition to visiting schools and meeting students interested in applying for the scholarships, as well as with JSA Summer Program alumni, Mr. Maguire will also be trying to meet with government and community leaders who might be interested in offering support for additional students to participate in the program.

Since 1991, the Junior Statesmen Foundation has worked in a partnership with The U.S. Department of the Interior to identify, educate, and train over 1,700 outstanding high school students in insular areas for active, effective, and ethical participation in public affairs. The Junior Statesmen Summer School Program builds leadership skills and confidence on the next generation of insular leaders. 

 This summer, students attending one of JSA’s Summer School Programs will spend three to four weeks at one of the USA’s prestige schools, including Georgetown University, Princeton University, and Stanford University.  JSA also offers an international program in Beijing, China.

 The Junior Statesmen Summer Schools feature college-level courses in American Government,

American History, International Relations, Constitutional Law, Economics, U.S. Foreign Policy, Media

and Politics, Speech and Political Communication and the American Presidency. 

For more information or if you are interested in donating for scholarships, please contact Larry Guillemette, Chief Academic and Outreach Officer at 202-296-7839 ext. 7728 or via email at 


Supporting a civic education and participation program founded in 1934, The Junior Statesmen  Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation that assists high school students who lead The Junior State of America. The foundation also supports various summer programs, including Summer Schools held at college campuses nationwide and in Beijing, China, as well as a series of Summer Institutes that provide high school students with college-level learning opportunities. The foundation has paid staff in offices in San Mateo, California, and Washington, D.C.  

For More Information Contact: Larry Guillemette, Chief Academic & Outreach Officer

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