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NTC SEED Scholars Take Home Top Honors for Resolution Projects at Clinton Global Initiative University

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Kelsi Seubert
Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: 715.803.1509
Email: seubert@ntc.edu

March 13, 2015 (All day)
(WAUSAU, Wis.) – Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is proud to announce a successful year of international student participation at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), hosted by the University of Miami, March 6 - 8, 2015.
NTC’s international scholars from the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program, which is administered by Georgetown University and funded by USAID, had eight students selected to participate in this year’s CGI U. Graduating SEED scholars submitted their capstone projects at the CGI U as part of the Resolution Project competition. The projects highlighted a community action plan that SEED scholars could implement to better their communities upon return to their respective countries.
The Resolution Project competition is the most prestigious event held at CGI U in which participants submit and present their Commitment to Action plans for formal judging by a panel. Winning commitments are awarded funding by the Clinton Foundation to make their projects a reality. This year, of the 200+ applicants, 55 plans were identified as semi-finalists, 33 moved on to the finalist round and 15 commitments were awarded funding.
Congratulations go to this year’s CGI U Resolution Project winners, Otoniel “Tomas” Saquil of Guatemala and Marling Garcia Membreño of Nicaragua. Tomas’s project, Give Me 5, is focused on special education needs of the youth of Sumpango, Guatemala and is dedicated to his younger sister. Marling’s project, Wells for Well Being, which is also partnered with Nicaraguan/Wisconsin Partners and UW Stout’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, aims to dig a well and bring clean water to her community of Las Macias, Nicaragua. 
Honorable mention also goes to semi-finalist Larissa Guevara and finalist Jesse Gomez of El Salvador.  These soon to be graduates of NTC’s Business programs join an exclusive group of former NTC SEED scholars who have also earned similar recognition. Antonio Peralta of Honduras, Saul Vasquez of El Salvador and Dina Dure of Haiti are also NTC SEED graduates and Clinton Fellows from 2013 and 2014. 
SEED scholars come from Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico, and participate in a scholarship program which draws from marginalized communities and populations in a need and merit based two-year scholarship. Additionally, 2015 represents the final year of the SEED Program both at NTC and nationwide. USAID has chosen to defund the SEED Program in favor of in-country programming. The SEED program, formally known by its acronym of CASS, has been an institution within NTC’s global programming for 27 years. When the SEED program concludes in July, more than 340 international students will have participated at NTC.