Hello again everyone and good morning from I-hop in Federal Way, Washington. Just wanted to congratulate you all for every success you have made in your life this past year and wishing each and everyone of you a very successful 2012.

There is really nothing important to share with our group, it is just that I was so busy I haven’t had the chance to stop in to say Hi. We are doing alright here in the state of Washington, at least now that the SNOW has melted and the roads are cleared up and the power came back within 24 hrs.

To our Ifalik Students, let me remind you of several important things. January is really a busy month for a lot of students for a lot of reasons. And most of the time, students forget the importance of renewing or applying for Financial Aid in January, even if you or your parents have not filed the 2011 taxes. I must say February 15th is the absolute latest for you to turn in your FAFSA. Why? Because it places you on a priority listing of students that can be awarded financial assistance including scholarhips. Most students failed to file on time causing them to loose out on some aids like SEOG, Work Study, and some state funded aids. So I urge you to complete and/or prioritize filling out your FAFSA!

And for High School seniors or transferring students, do not forget that colleges use the same deadline for scholarship priority placements too. So I urge you to get off Facebook Now and finish filling out the forms. :).

Just so you know, I waited too long to help my daughter Jayjay apply for colleges within the state and I am regretting it now, so please do not make the same mistake that I did. Jayjay, my second daughter, got admitted to the University of Idaho but it could have been much better if she got into the University of Washington so she can stay with me and go to college. But it’s too late now.

I still got her FAFSA done way ahead of time and all scholarship forms ready to be mailed, but not meeting the application deadline for the University of Washington was something I regretted. I have already done her scholarship apps for the Yap State as well as the Chuuk State and FSM scholarships, but I missed some deadlines on some other very important scholarships that she could have applied to.

My Summer fun plans were all out the window now that I have to take my daughter to Idaho for her orientation as well as getting her ready to move into her dorm. On top of this, my old boy Junior was selected by his school to represent them in the PEOPLE TO PEOPLE forum in Washington DC. Jun will be in Washington DC for 6 days this summer, probably the same time I will be in Idaho.

Please Uncle Martin and Senator Jerry, give us updates on our Ifalik students. I really want to get in touch with them if only to give them a few words of advise. I may be corny most of the time, but my passion for getting our youngsters educated can pierce the skies. lol :)!

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