The Protected Areas Network (PAN )is delighted to announce Jovalyn Koshiba as one of the recipients of the Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge (BRMC) Scholarship. With this BRMC Scholarship, Koshiba will be able to pursue her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Chaminade University of Honolulu in Hawaii.
She will be able to complete her degree by taking online courses for about a year and a half. Koshiba is currently working at PANFund Office as a Grants Program Officer where she is responsible for various grant management activities for the organization.
Koshiba is committed in working towards that the achievement of the Micronesia Challenge. With this opportunity, she will be able to explore other innovative ways to establish robust sustainable financing mechanisms for the Palau Protected Areas Network.
The BRMC Scholarship Fund aims to contribute to the development of effective conservation in Micronesia as well as promote sustainable livelihoods across the region. The BRMC Scholarship Fund was inspired by the late William Charles Raynor, one of Micronesia’s lead conservation pioneers who was involved in various conservation work across Micronesia for over 30 years.
He was also instrumental in establishing the Micronesia Challenge and the endowment fund associated with the initiative. He dedicated his life to finding and molding new environmental conservation stewards across the region to maintain the Micronesia Challenge commitment.
Koshiba was born and raised in the Republic of Palau. She currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts with a double major in English and Historical and Political Studies. Ms. Koshiba is the daughter of Fritz and Martha Koshiba and the wife of Elod F. Ngiraingas. Ms. Koshiba expresses her humbleness and gratitude as a Bill Raynor Scholarship Recipient.
She is excited and determined to complete her graduate program and contribute to the development of effective conservation of Palau’s biodiversity and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods across the region.
Ms. Koshiba expresses, “Growing up, environment and conservation has been an integral part of my daily life. My father, Fritz Koshiba, was very influential in terms of education, environment, and conservation. He instilled conservation values and taught me how important It is to perpetuate the environment that cradles the way of life.”
PAN would like to congratulate Ms. Koshiba and fully supports her commitment in pursuing a higher education for the betterment of not only herself, but for Palau, and the region .PAN would also like to encourage more Palauans to take advantage of the numerous opportunities for higher learning ,especially in the field that would support the effective management of Palau’s and the region’s resources. (PR)