Guam Society of America Scholarship Awards – 2015

The results of the 2015 Guam Society of America Scholarships were presented at the Annual Guam Society Liberation Picnic held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Burba Lake Cottage and Pavilion, Fort Meade, MD.  The winners announced at the picnic are:

$1,500 Brigida Lizama College Student Scholarship – Joelle Marie Rosete Blas.

Joelle Blas attends Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, Virginia.  She is in her senior year pursuing her Major in Information Science, with Minors in Leadership Studies and Business Administration.  Joelle is a 2012 graduate from Gar-Field High School, Woodbridge, Virginia.  Joelle currently works as an intern for Science Application International Corporation (SAIC), supporting the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), a U.S. Government Agency.

GPA:  3.14

Guam Society service hours:  47 hrs

Activities:  She is also a member of the Alpha Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Theta Phi Chapter and is in the CNU President Leadership Program. Joelle was selected into CNU’s International Honor Society for Computer and Information Discipline: Upsilon Pi Epsilon.  She was the 2014 Guam Society Cherry Blossom Princess and served as a student intern for the Guam Congressional Office in Washington, DC in 2013.

Parents:  Joelle is the daughter of Mike and Juvy Blas from Woodbridge, Virginia.  Her father is from the village of Dededo, Guam and her mother is originally from Zambales, Philippines.

$1,200 College Student Scholarship – Diana Marie Cruz.

Diana is a 2014 graduate of Great Mills High School, Great Mills, Maryland, and is attending the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD pursuing her Associates Degree in Engineering.  She plans to complete her four year degree in Mechanical Engineering.

GPA:  3.69

Guam Society service hours:  26 hrs

Activities:  She plays on her college’s Women’s Softball Team and was on the Dean’s List in 2014.  She worked as an intern at MedStar Saint Mary’s Hospital performing preventative maintenance on patient care equipment.  Diana has been an active member of the Guam Society of America; volunteering for events such as the 2014 Memorial Day Picnic, the annual Christmas Party, the 2014 Chamorro Night, and playing on the Guam Society Softball Team.

Parents:  Diana is the daughter of Anthony ‘John’ Cruz (Dededo, Guam) and Janet Rios Cruz (Barrigada, Guam).


$600 Guam College School Student Scholarship – Marc Concepcion Catahay.

Marc is a 2012 graduate of George Washington High School, Mangilao, Guam.  Marc attends the Guam Community College, Mangilao, Guam where he is pursuing a degree in Visual Communications.  Marc is currently a student intern for the Guam Congressional Office in Washington, DC.

GPA:  3.16

Activities:  Marc was active as a volunteer supporting Relay for Life island beautification and environmental awareness projects on Guam, as a member of the Marine Mania Recycling and the International Coastal Clean-Up Programs.  He has volunteered as a CCD teacher for San Vicente School, Barrigada, Guam.  Marc received recognition in the Pacific Daily News and Guam Community College local talent features.  He created a video promoting education advancement in his community.

Parents:  Marc is the son of Marciano Catahay and Maria Rios from Barrigada, Guam.


1,500 Brigida Lizama High School Scholarship – Breannah Woodley.

Breannah Woodley is a 2015 graduate of Westlake High School, Waldorf, Maryland.  Breannah plans to pursue her degree in Political Science at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas in the fall of 2015, with goals of eventually becoming a defense attorney.

GPA:  3.13

Guam Society service hours:  26 hrs

Activities:  She was the 2015 Senior Class Treasurer.  She  participated in Junior ROTC, Mixed Choir, Cheerleading, and numerous volunteer activities at Westlake High School .  Breannah also provided volunteer support for the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Armed Forces Retirement Home.  She is an active member of the Guam Society, volunteering and supporting the 2014 Chamorro Night, Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery, the Memorial Day Picnic, and other Guam Society events.  She supported the Society’s by contributing over 25 service hours for the Brigida Lizama High School Scholarship.

Parents:  Breannah is the daughter of Irian Woodley and Christine Woodley from Ipan, Guam.


$600 High Student Scholarship – Tasi Anna Yanger.

Tasi is a 2015 graduate of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam, Agana, Guam, and will be attending Kapiolani Community College/University of Hawaii pursuing a degree in Marketing.

GPA:  3.54

Activities:  Tasi was active in community service on Guam, supporting after school tutoring, volunteering for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society, Saint Dominic’s Senior Care Home, and the Chamorro Lunar Festival.   She was on the Varsity Paddling Team, and founded the Polynesian Dance Club at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam.  Tasi danced professionally for the Tevakanui Tahitian Dance Company and Natibu Las Vegas.

Parents:  Tasi is the daughter of Leo Yanger (Mangilao, Guam) and Charleena Yanger (Hagatna, Guam).