Today, we would like to introduce you to Ms. Elchung Hideyos who will attend Sophia University in Japan
As announced previously, MCT has awarded 5 new Graduate level scholarships to students in Micronesia through our two scholarship programs. Each day, we will be highlighting one of them. Today, we would like to introduce you to Ms. Elchung Hideyos who will attend Sophia University in Japan.
Elchung (El) is from the Republic of Palau. She graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies. During the summer of 2017 and 2018, she interned at Ebiil Society, which is a local non-profit in Palau that works with children and community members in teaching environmental science through Palauan indigenous knowledge. Her main project during her internship was monitoring turtle nesting activity and running the annual summer camps. Now she is a full-time employee at Ebiil Society being the Youth/Community Education Program Coordinator. Working with Ebiil Society has shown her that this is the kind of work she wants to pursue in the future. Conservation Biology and Biological Monitoring are what she wants to focus on as well as being able to work with children (the next generation).
Elchung’s passion is to protect and conserve nature and be able to find solutions to the many environmental issues the world faces today. She has been an active member in conservation from a very young age and has participated in many events such as representing Palau in the Our Oceans Youth Summit in Malta in 2017 and assisting in a Seabirds Monitoring trip to the Southwest Islands of Palau. Being from a small island country, she has seen how vulnerable her and her people are with the effects of climate change, global warming, and loss of biodiversity. She wants to be able to positively influence people’s perspectives on living a sustainable lifestyle, being stewards of nature, as well as help keep her Palauan culture alive. “Nature doesn’t depend on Us, We depend on Nature!”