FSM Congressional Scholarship for Northwest Region


The FSM Congress recently appropriated $20,000.00 to fund scholarships for students from the Northwest region of Chuuk State. This is by far the largest amount set aside to help students from the small and remote outer islands of Pattiw, Pafeng, and Namwonweito. But how do students from these islands apply for the scholarship? What’s the selection criteria? Is there a deadline?

I had a chance to meet briefly with Senator Otto during his recent trip to Hawaii with the FSM Congressional Chuuk delegation. As a doctoral student at UH Manoa, I needed to know how to access the scholarship funds.

What I learned disturbed me, but not surprising. Essentially, there is no application form or selection criteria. It’s not unusual for congressmen to control the scholarship funds. I offered to create an FSM Congressional Scholarship application for Northwest students to use  and Senator Otto agreed. The selection criteria remains unclear, but at least there is a form that students can now use.

So, if you are from the Northwest region please download the FSM Congressional Scholarship application form, fill it out, get your college Financial Aid Office to certify it and send it to Senator Otto for his decision. For lack of a selection process, I recommend all who are currently enrolled in an accredited 2-year or 4-year institution college, or recently accepted to start in the coming academic year apply.

I would like to encourage Senator Otto and to do the right thing for the future generations of the Northwest. He needs to create a transparent, clear, and fair system of awarding  scholarships for deserving students from the region.

Here’s my recommendations for Senator Otto and his successor:

  1. Standardize the application process by requiring that all applicants use the FSM Congressional Scholarship form.
  2. Create a fair, transparent, and clear selection criteria.
  3. Form a selection committee of fair-minded people to review and select finalists.
  4. Publish the list of recipients, the amount awarded, degrees sought, and name of the college or university attending.
  5. Partner with the Fanapi Foundation (www.fanapi.org) to provide additional student support systems for all the scholarship recipients to ensure their succeed in college.

Apply Now!

Vid Raatior

Vid is the founder of Raatior Ventures. He is an educator by training and a social entrepreneur by vocation. Originally from Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Vid lives in Hilo, Hawaii, works at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, attends UH Manoa, and is the founder of a number of Pacific focused initiatives. Previously, he served for over 10 years at Santa Clara University, 5 years as a teacher and Assistant Director at Xavier High School in Micronesia.


  1. Filemino Kilicho says:

    Vid, thank you very much for posting this particular scholarship for the Northwest students on the net. I will definitely let the Northwest students here at COM-FSM, Chuuk Campus know about it. I’ve printed my copy and will work on it now. Thanks to our Congressman and I hope he (or the successor) will continue to improve on what needs to be done to the form.
    God bless you. You’ve done many great things. Only “Erhai” can fully pay you back.

  2. This is what long term project looks like. It does not look like a sack of rice and a case of turkey tails. I hope our reps from other regions emulate what ur rep has done for ur ppl. Where has this idea been all these years?