Scholarship Awards

Providing scholarships to students with Rapanui ancestry who wish to further their education is a mission objective of the Easter Island Foundation. We are thrilled, with the help of our partners and donors, to be able to award the following scholarships in 2014:     

Three Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Awards ($2000 each)

Fraternal Order of Moai Ohana Award ($1000)

Three Easter Island Foundation Awards (total $5000)

Friends of Rapa Nui Award ($2000)

Easter Island Foundation Education Award ($2000)

Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award ($2000)

We thank all our donors and partners, especially the Fraternal Order of Moai, who have contributed to our successful scholarship award program. Since our program began in 2002, we have awarded $128,000 in scholarships. Donations received in 2015 will be used for scholarships awarded the following year. To make a donation to the scholarship program, please download the form below or contact us:     

EIF Scholarship Donation Form     

 scholarships “at”      

  Important Information for Applicants    

• Applicants must be of Rapanui ancestry and under the age of 30.

• Applicants must be currently enrolled in an institution or university, be in good academic standing and have completed two years of study.

 • Students must complete the EIF scholarship application form which includes two short essays that describe students’ goals and tell how they will use their education once they graduate. Essays must be written in Spanish, English and Rapa Nui.

 • Applicants must submit a transcript of their grades from the past two years and a signed letter of recommendation from their academic advisor.

 • A recent digital photograph of the applicant must accompany the application; the image may be used to promote the EIF scholarship program and will not be used for any other purposes.    

 • Scholarship applicants selected will receive one-half of the award at the beginning of the year.  Each recipient must file a formal report to the EIF scholarship committee at the end of the first term, describing his/her progress in the area of study.  After the report is received, the second-half of the award will be disbursed. Students who do not submit a report after the first term may not be awarded the second half of their scholarship.    

Occasionally the Scholarship Committee, on its own initiative and with the approval of the Board of Directors, will recommend a scholarship outside of the normal application process to an especially deserving Rapanui student.    

 2014 EIF Scholarship Winners Announced!


EIF scholarship Chair Marla Wold met with some of the 2014 scholarship recipients and their families and Rapa Nui Scholarship Committee members in Hanga Roa in January.

Left to right: Natalia Tuki (Asistente Social, Gobernacion Provincial de Isla de Pascua); Vairoa Ika Guldman (sister of Taniera Ika Guldman-EIF Award 2014); Gislaine Tepano Tepano (FOM Tangata Manu Award 2014); Marla Wold (EIF Scholarship Chair); Ricardo Espinosa (Godfather of Pamina Olivares Paoa – EIF Aaward 2014); Viki Haoa Cardinale (Rapa Nui Scholarship Committee); Francisco Riroroco (grandfather of Paloma Riroroco Olguin – FOM Tangata Manu Award 2014); Kena Tepano Riroroko (Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award 2014); Oscar Jara Pakomio (FOM Tangata Manu Award 2014). L.Passalacqua_photo

Lafquen Passalaqua Hucke (Fraternal Order of Moai Ohana Award  — $1000) is completing her final year of study at Universidad Católica de Temuco, Chile.  She is working on her thesis in Social Anthropology entitled, Traditional medicine practice: medical agents, ethnoclassification, recollection and uses of the medical herbs in Rapa Nui. She is focusing on the documentation of ancient knowledge from oral traditions so that it is not lost. Lafquen is also concerned with the garbage situation on the island and looking at ways to educate tourists and islanders alike about recycling and elimination of debris.
Paloma Riroroco Olguin (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award — $2000) has completed two years of study in Medical Technology at the Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile.  Her dream is to open an early-treatment cancer center on Rapa Nui.  She hopes that one day, with additional medical technology at home, people who suffer from serious illnesses may remain on the island for treatment instead of traveling to the continent and staying there alone.  Additionally, she would like to help reduce the high mortality rate from cancer on the island by providing programs to educate islanders about different types of cancer, symptoms and potential treatments.

Oscar Jara Pakomio (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award — $2000) has completed two years of study in Education at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. He chose the career of education because he loves sports, physical activity and activities in nature. He hopes to return to the island and work towards the creation of recreational activity venues to encourage healthy and active lifestyles to help lessen the effects of obesity, sedentary lifestyle and diabetes. Oscar sees a need for better education of the Rapanui people, and hopes that those who study abroad will return to Rapa Nui to work in their chosen careers.


 Ghislaine Tepano Tepano (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award — $2000) has completed two years of study in Economics and Business at the Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile. She would like to work in Santiago to gain experience in the world of finance and then return to Rapa Nui to start her own eco-friendly and sustainable company, with the goal of helping to preserve Rapanui culture.
Pamina Olivares Paoa (Easter Island Foundation Award — $1500) is in her final year at the School of Architecture and Design, Pontifica Universidad Católica, Valparaíso. The study of architecture has enabled her to combine two subjects she is passionate about: art and history. After she completes her studies, she would like to work towards reinforcing two of the island’s economic mainstays: fishing and tourism. One of her ideas is to develop a long-term project working with other disciplines towards creating a marine reserve for endangered species, with the goal of having a sustainable ecosystem. She is also interested in preserving the ancestral methods of fishing to both revive these traditions and use them for tourism. She envisions development of an interpretive trail along the coastline that emphasizes the importance of fishing and marine resources to the ancestral Rapanui. This trail will help educate visitors about the island’s coastal resources.
Taniera Ika Guldman (Easter Island Foundation Award — $1500) is studying Business Engineering at the Universidad de Chile. Once Taniera was enrolled, she was able to work out an agreement with the faculty at her institution so that students from Easter Island would be able to get a special entry to this academically demanding school. Taniera feels that the greatest challenge facing Rapa Nui today is the increase of population and cumulative waste. The island has a very fragile ecosystem, thus the impacts from the increase of both the population and vehicles  is very damaging. In her opinion, it is important to be able to control the population on Rapa Nui because the existing natural resources are not sufficient for the entire community, which can be seen in the frequent blackouts of electricity and the poor water quality. This situation, plus the amount of waste that is being produced, affects the entire natural and cultural heritage of the island. She feels it is necessary to start with environmental education, so the community can gain more awareness of the real problems generated by cumulative waste and so they can act in favor of common well being through a change in daily habits. She believes this must be tied in to an immigration law that controls the number of people that come to Rapa Nui and should require a type of visa that clarifies who the people are, what their intentions are and how long they are planning to stay. 
Jose Calderon Fati (Easter Island Foundation Award — $2000) has completed 2 years studying Civil Engineering at the Universidad Católica del Norte de Antofagasta. He is interested in a finding solutions to the environmental problems that have arisen on the island in recent years with the gradual increase of the population. He has several long-term projects that he would like to accomplish. These include working with CONAF (Corporación Nacional Forestal) to solve the problem of land erosion; working with SEREMI (Secretario Regional Ministerial) to solve the emerging problem of groundwater contamination; unifying recycling jobs within the municipality to be able to transport waste back to the mainland for reuse; creating a culture of recycling and environmental care in homes using local media such as television and radio; initiating projects that promote clean energy generation; and working on the creation of a marine park in the waters of Rapa Nui that promotes a sustainable ecosystem.
Tiare de la Puente Bernarcer (Friends of Rapa Nui Award — $2000) has completed three years of study in Medicine at the Universidad de Chile, Santiago. When she graduates, she would like to start a project that will be directed primarily towards the Rapa Nui community, mainly intended for people who suffer from chronic diseases that require continuous monitoring. Tiare feels that one of the main problems that Easter Island faces today is the lack of specialist doctors and equipment necessary to diagnose and treat patients with chronic diseases. For this reason, when a person needs medical assistance it is necessary to travel to the mainland for treatment. Although medical specialists from the mainland make periodic visits to the Hanga Roa Hospital, they do not come often enough to treat long-term ailments such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Later stages of diabetes, for example, can produce chronic renal failure and require a hemodialysis machine and trained personnel to conduct the sessions. There is no medical facility on the island today to treat patients with chronic renal failure, so people requiring daily dialysis sessions must move to the mainland, losing the closeness of their family, quality of life and routines of the island, not to mention the emotional and psychological strain involved in this type of intervention. Tiare feels this problem could be solved by the creation of a dialysis center at the new Hanga Roa Hospital with a medical team of doctors, nurses and aides.
Pechquinco Passalaqua Hucke (Easter Island Foundation Education Award — $2000) has completed two years in the study of Education at Universidad Católica de Temuco. After finishing her degree, she would like to continue studying in mainland Chile to deepen her knowledge and later go back to Easter Island to teach in one of the schools there. When she was young, she realized she wanted to be a teacher. She believes in educating children so that they have solid tools to deal with life and to contribute to society. She also believes that children should learn about and be proud of their ethnic background.  Additionally, Pechquinco feels that one of the most difficult challenges in facing Rapa Nui today is the management of garbage. She feels that one way to solve this problem would be limiting the amount of incoming disposable products and changing these for recyclable products.
Kena Tepano Riroroko (Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award — $2000) is studying law at Universidad de las Americas in Santiago. She is interested in continuing her study of law in Chile and abroad, and in using her experiences to help the Rapanui people. Becoming a lawyer, with the roots and vision of a Rapanui islander, is a great motivation to her. Kena feels that one of the greatest issues affecting Rapa Nui today is the increase immigration, which impairs the island’s culture by an increase in pollution, affecting both the environment and health in general, as well as impacting the sustainable development of the island. After she graduates, Kena wants to return to Rapa Nui and help the community discuss this issue and find solution to this problem. This will require the union of the Rapanui people with a willingness and desire to move forward to protect the island, its people and its culture so that they will prevail for future generations. 

 EIF Scholarship Award Winners, Past and Present


A gathering of past and current scholars and family members, EIF committee members and governors (present and former) on 10 February 2013.   

Left to right,  front row:  Catalina Hey (Grandmother of Tiare de la Puente Bernacer); Carolina Hotu Hey (former Governor of Easter Island); Elaine Crumpley (EIF scholarship committee); Barbara Tuki Gaete (Mildred R. Donoghue Award 2010, 2011, 2012). Back row:  Tahira Edmunds  (Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award 2005); Merahi Atam (Fraternal Order of the Moai Award, 2011, 2012); Charlie Love (EIF Board of Directors); Tiare de la Puente Bernacer (EIF Award 2009, 2012, Friends of Rapa Nui Award 2013); Tavake Riroroco Cabezas (Mildred R. Donoghue Award 2010, 2011, 2012); Lafquen Passalacqua Hucke (Fraternal Order of Moai Award 2013, 2014); Marla Wold (EIF Scholarship Chair); Tarita Alarcón Rapu (Fraternal Order of Moai Award 2012; Ananda/Sheree Lipton Award 2013); Rafael Rapu (EIF Award 2012; Brian Scothorne Award and Ananda Foundation/Sheree Lipton Award 2013); Carmen Cardinali, former Governor of Easter Island.  

2103 award winners, left to right: Pamina Olivares Paoa, Lafquen Passalacqua Hucke, Laura Tarita Alarcon Rapu, Marla Wold (EIF Scholarship Chair), Cecilia Hormazabal Araki; not pictured: Rafael Paoa Rapu.

Updates on some of our past scholarship recipients:        


Ana Huke Fuentes (Fraternal Order of Moai Award, 2010) is now working at the Hare Noi Hotel on Easter island.        


 Tiare Carolina de la Puente Bernacer (EIF Award, 2009; 2012; Friends of Rapa Nui Award 2013) has been studying medicine at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago; her EIF scholarship helped to make possible her dream to study medicine at one of the most prestigious schools in Chile. She wants to return to the island and work within the community in the local hospital. She is grateful for the EIF scholarship program as it enables Rapanui students to continue their studies.  In 2012, the EIF held a special fundraiser at the welcome banquet at the Easter Island and the Pacific Conference in Santa Rosa, CA, and raised enough money to present Tiare with a second scholarship to assist with continuation of her studies in medicine.      


Alan Tepano Haoa (Directors Award, 2008) is now working on the island with archaeologist Sonia Haoa.        


Antonio Fernando Muñoz Tuki  (Directors Award, 2007; EIF Award, 2006)  

 Complete List of Past Scholarship Recipients


Lafquen Passalacqua Hucke (Fraternal Order of Moai Award – $3000

Pamina Olivares Paoa (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award – $2500)

Laura Tarita Alarcon Rapu (Ananda Foundation/Sheree Lipton Award – $1000)  

Cecilia Hormazabal Araki (Mildred R. Donoghue Award – $2500) 

Rafael Simón Paoa Rapu (Brian Scothorne Award – $2000 and Ananda Foundation/Sheree Lipton Award – $1000)  


Rafael Simón Paoa Rapu (EIF Award – $2000)  
Laura Tarita Alarcon Rapu (Fraternal Order of Moai Award – $3000)   
Mauricio Tamaru Hey Salas (EIF Directors Award – $2000)   
Barbara Gaete Tuki (Mildred R. Donoghue Award – $2500)   
Tavake Riroroco Cabezas (Mildred R. Donoghue Award – $2500)   
Merahi  Atam Lopez (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award -$2500)  
Cecilia Hormazabal Araki (Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award – $2000)

Tiare Carolina de la Puente Bernacer (EIF  Special Award – $2000)


Vaitiare Tucki Rengifo (Fraternal Order of Moai Award – $2000)
Merahi  Atam Lopez (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award – $2500)
Cecilia Hormazabal Araki (Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award – $2000)
Tavake Maria Consuelo Riroroco Cabezas (Mildred R. Donoghue Award- $2500)
Barbara Gaete Tuki (Mildred R. Donoghue Award – $2500)


Tavake Maria Consuelo Riroroco Cabezas (Mildred R. Donoghue Award- $2500)
Barbara Gaete Tuki (Mildred R. Donoghue Award – $2500)
Tamaru Pakarati Gonzalez (EIF Award – $2000)
Ana Huki Fuentes (Fraternal Order of Moai Award – $2000)


Tiare Carolina de la Puente Bernacer (EIF  Award – $3000)
Jose Mario Fati Tepano (EIF Award – $3000)     


Juana Luna Atamu (Weigand Award – $2000)
Alan Tepano Haoa (Directors Award – $3000)
Maria Eugenia Huke Fuentes (Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award – $3000)
Rutiranghi Tuki Paoa (EIF Award – $3000)     


Juana Luna Atamu (Weigand Award – $2000)
Ioan Haumoana Soler Hotu (Weigand Award – $2000)
Antonio Fernando Munoz Tuki (Directors Award – $3000)
Viviana Ana Hereveri Figueroa (Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award – $3000)
Akivi Hanga-Ho’onu Atan Soto (EIF Award – $3000)      


Juana Luna Atamu (Weigand Award – $2000)
Ioan Haumoana Soler Hotu (Weigand Award – $2000)
Tiare Aguilera Hey (Directors Award – $2000)
Daniela Macarena Araki Gonzales (Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award – $2000)
Antonio Fernando Munoz Tuki (EIF Award – $2000)     


Juana Luna Atamu (Weigand Award – $2000)
Ioan Haumoana Soler Hotu (Weigand Award – $2000)
Noelani Rapahango Lagos (Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award – $2000)
Tahira Edmunds (Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award – $2000)     


Ioan Haumoana Soler Hotu (Weigand Award – $2000)     


Alberto Patricio Genkowsky (EIF Award – $2000)     


Alfonso Rapu Cardinale (EIF Award – $2000)   

For more information about the EIF Scholarship Program or to make a donation, please contact us or download the form below:   


scholarships “at”         

Easter Island Foundation P.O. Box 6774 Los Osos CA 93412         

805-528-8558 (telephone)         

805-534-9301 (fax)