F.O.M. 2012 Scholarships awarded by Easter Island Foundation

Easter Island Foundation


In 2011 the Fraternal Order of Moai, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(10) organization founded in 2005, donated a $5,500 to the Easter Island Foundation to fund two scholarships to be offered to Rapa Nui students for use in paying college expenses. The Easter Island Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989, was named by the Moai as our national charity in 2008.

Funds for this gift and other donations to the E.I.F. were raised at Ohana Luau at the Lake 2011 in Lake George, New York.

The Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Committee has selected the scholarship recipients for 2012.

Merahi Atam Lopez


The committee voted to provide the second year of the Tangata Manu Award ($2,500) to Merahi Atam López for continuation of her studies.

In 2011 Merahi was the recipient of The Fraternal Order of Moai Scholarship. Now she is in her second year of graduate school in ethnic anthropology at the Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano in Santiago, Chile. She will combine this with her past studies at the Universidad Internacional Sek so that she can "complement the archaeological works with the history and the sociocultural legacy of the island."

The Moai complement Merahi on winning a second scholarship and wish her the best in her studies this year.

Laura Tarita Alarcon Rapu


The Fraternal Order of Moai Award for 2012 ($3,000) will go to a new recipient, Laura Tarita Alarcon Rapu.

Laura is studying physical anthropology and is in her fourth and final year at the Universidad de Chile. Her goals are promoting the study and research on the island and said in her application that the "new generations of young Rapa Nui have an obligation to act as a bridge between the past who protects us and the present who accompanies us, and we can not stop it, but we can understand it to serve the continuation of our people's cultural beliefs, which is why I look myself as a future Director of the Museum of the Island, working in the repatriation of Human Rapa Nui remains, that are scattered in the world. I chose the study of human remains because I believe they have Mana and therefore, work with them is for me an act of deep respect."

Winning this award will help her to pursue the objectives of the Easter Island Foundation by promoting the study and investigation of the island.

Meanwhile here in the virtual islands, plans for Ohana Luau at the Lake 2012 in June are rolling along and proceeds from this event will help to fund another scholarship next year. Come join the Moai at the Lake and experience fun with a purpose for yourself.

If you would like to support the work of the Easter Island Foundation directly you can make a personal donation and become a Member. Tell 'em the Moai sent you.

Keep the torches burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

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