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January 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata is delighted to announce the nominations of 22 excellent students for consideration by the service academies.

Each year, these nominations are selected on the high quality of the students’ combined academic records, essays, along with letters of recommendation from their teachers, church leaders and local community leaders, plus the required verification that they have already applied separately to the academy or academies of their choice.

December 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata is delighted to congratulate John Iosefo of American Samoa upon the announcement of the prestigious Charles B. Rangel Fellowship in International Studies from Howard University.

November 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed House passage of a bipartisan effort she has supported, the National Sea Grant College Amendments Program Act of 2020, S. 910, often called the Sea Grant Reauthorization Bill.

Congresswoman Amata cosponsored the House version of the same priority (the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2019, HR 2405), and voted for it in the House National Resources Committee.

September 29, 2020 Press Release

Pago Pago – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata congratulated three local organizations upon federal grant notifications for their youth programs teaching sexual risk avoidance. Together, the three grants total $929,206 for these efforts in American Samoa. 

The three grants are as follows:

September 1, 2020 Press Release

Pago Pago — Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed notification of an education grant for the Close Up program from the Interior Department’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA).

OIA is providing a grant of $672,978 to the Close Up Foundation for their youth opportunities in the Insular Areas, specifically designated to the Close Up Insular Area Program, with the federal funding via OIA’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP).

 

August 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted the opportunities for American Samoa’s youth in the STEM fields that are emphasized in the global economy and often in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Amata spoke at the STEAM Family Expo, which included parents, students, organizers, sponsors, teachers and administrators from the STEAM Academy and the STEAM Partnership.

July 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed an education grant for American Samoa of over $4 million for Head Start. This federal funding is through the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) — the second HHS Head Start grant since late June.

Specifically, this discretionary grant to the American Samoa Department of Education is for $4,061,430 as designated to Head Start, the early childhood education program. Last month, Congresswoman Amata also welcomed a similar Head Start grant of $1,170,572.

June 26, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed an education grant for Head Start of over $1.17 million through the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS).

Specifically, the discretionary grant to the American Samoa Department of Education is for Head Start projects, an early childhood education program, at an amount of $1,170,572. As a national program, Head Start has been working with children for 55 years.

June 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is the original cosponsor on a bill introduced in May with Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan of CNMI to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational opportunities in American Samoa and the Northern Marianas.

May 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata Amata is delighted to congratulate a student, Serenalia Iona, upon acceptance to one of the nation’s prestigious service academies. Congresswoman Amata was notified that Serenalia Iona has been offered an appointment by the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, pending final medical review.