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 eight scholarships in 2015:

Four Fraternal Order of Moai Scholarships  (totaling $7000)

Friends of Rapa Nui Scholarship ($2000)

Easter Island Foundation Directors Scholarship ($2000)

Rosita and Nicolas Haoa Haoa Scholarship ($2000)

The Mana Scholarship for Environmental Studies, supported for 2015 by Pacific Aid Australia and Susie Stephen, ‘Retracing Routlege’ Award ($2000)

Sheree Lipton/Ananda Foundation Scholarship ($1000)


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At the Luau by the Sea in October 2015, the Red Palms Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai generously donated a scholarship for 2016 from the fundraising efforts of their Chicago Area Tiki Tour earlier in the year. Marla Wold (EIF Scholarship Chair), EIF board member Gail Rose, and EIF President Dave Rose were on hand to accept the big check. We are thrilled that FOM has been so generous in supporting EIF’s Scholarship Program! This award of $2000 will be called the Roger Carlson Memorial Scholarship.

We thank all our donors and partners who have contributed to our successful scholarship award program. Since our program began in 2002, we have awarded $134,000 in scholarships. Donations received in 2016 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

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  Important Information for Applicants

• Applicants must be of Rapanui ancestry and under the age of 35.

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

• Students who plan to return to Easter Island to work in their field of study will be given the highest consideration.

• 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.

 2015 Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Winners 


Ariki Merino Rapu (Friends of Rapa Nui Scholarship – $2000) is studying Medicine at the Universidad de Chile.  He chose this career because since childhood he has been inspired to help people. When he graduates, he wants to return to the island and work at the local hospital and contribute the values and knowledge he has learned from his studies at the university. He is concerned not only about health itself, but also about the health system from a cultural, political, social and economical point of view. He believes that as a young Rapanui professional, he understands the main needs that their society has, and can work with an innovative vision and opinion to reach the sustainability that Rapanui society needs and contribute to improve the life quality of the community, while maintaining ancestral values. His interests include sports and cultural music and he treasures the ancestral Rapanui language.

Ma’ara Teave Atam (Fraternal Order of Moai Scholarship – $2000) is studying Architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Valparaíso. When she graduates, she would like to return to the island and teach sustainable construction by recycling and reutilizing elements now considered trash. Her dream is to renovate a zone on Rapa Nui called Hanga Hemú, which is now being excavated for basalt rock by MOP (Ministry of Public Works) and CONAF (Corporación Nacional Forestal). Her future vision includes the creation and launching of a sustainable fish production system using natural methods and incorporating her study of architecture. As an indigenous Rapa Nui, she sees the development of her community primarily from the point of view of welfare, not just the growth of tourism business or development of sports and culture-related activities. She believes that as professionals of the future, the younger generation should assist with sustainable development to help their community.

Americo Loyola Edmunds (EIF Director’s Scholarship – $2000) is studying Agriculture and Livestock Technology at the Instituto Profesional Santo Tomas in Viña del Mar. When he graduates, he would like to return to the island and start a greenhouse project to grow and harvest fresh vegetables year round to maintain a balance of the cost of fresh produce. He feels that one of the most challenging problems facing Rapa Nui today is the lack of fresh water and as far as growing food, proposes to build small reservoirs adjacent to growing areas to maintain a water supply nearby.

Francisca Pakarati
Francisca Martinez Pakarati (The Mana Scholarship for Environmental Studies, supported for 2015 by Pacific Aid Australia and Susie Stephen, “Retracing Routledge’ — $2000) is studying Environmental Engineering at the Instituto Profesional DUOC UC in Valparaíso. Her goal is to improve local knowledge using new technologies. She would like to participate in multidisciplinary teams with local institutions, adapting technical knowledge to the special conditions of Rapa Nui. Her future projects will focus on recycling, seawater pollution, and teaching the island’s children how to care for their environment. She believes the greatest challenge to Rapa Nui today is to develop a sustainable tourism industry, because tourism is the most important economic resource. The number of visitors is unbalanced with the local resources, and for that reason, environmental impacts are greater than the internal capacity of the island. Francisca believes the key to this problem is education.

Oscar Jara Pakomio (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Scholarship – $2000) is studying Physical Education and Health at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Valparaíso. He chose the career of education because he loves sports, physical activity and activities in nature. When he graduates, he wants 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. In 2014, his classes gave him a host of new and fulfilling experiences that made him even more pleased with his career choice. He had the opportunity to fulfill the role of physical education teacher at an educational establishment in the region planning classes, choosing content, evaluating evidence and sharing with students of different levels. After this great experience, he felt totally confident and motivated as he realized that he now has the skills to interact with different children and people to guide and educate them using the knowledge he gained at college related to sports and physical activity. His greatest desire and ambition is to motivate people of Easter Island to choose an active lifestyle and healthy life, practicing a variety of conventional and emerging sports, and to educate the Rapanui people about the benefits these activities provide for health to all generations, thus avoiding various cardiovascular diseases characteristic of the 21st century that affect the people of the island, such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, among others.


Ghislaine Tepano Tepano (Fraternal Order of Moai Ohana Scholarship – $1000 and Sheree Lipton/Ananda Foundation Scholarship – $1000) is studying Commericial Engineering and Finance at the Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago. After she graduates, she would like to start her own eco-friendly and sustainable company on Rapa Nui, with the goal of helping to preserve Rapanui culture. 

Jose Calderon Fati (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Scholarship – $2000) is studying Environment and Natural Resources at Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta. Since childhood, Jose has been interested in the environment, especially the fields of biology and nature. He is keen to find solutions to the environmental problems that have arisen on the island in recent years due to the 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. During the past year Jose had the opportunity to work with children in schools with limited resources to teach them about entrepreneurship and provide a vision for them for future projects. He also participated in science fairs focusing on water resources with some of these children. He found this experience extremely useful and applicable to the Easter Island community, where some youth with a conformist attitude lack a vision for the future.

Pechquinco Paola Passalaqua Hucke (Rosita and Nicolas Haoa Haoa Scholarship – $2000) is studying Education at Universidad Católica de Temuco. When she graduates, she plans to return to the island and work as a teacher to help anyone who wishes to learn in any context, including adults who want to complete their primary or secondary education. Paola believes in educating children so that they have solid tools to deal with life and to contribute to society and she feels that children should learn about and be proud of their ethnic background.  She believes that one of the most difficult challenges 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.

 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 2014) 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 Ohana Award – $1000

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

Oscar Jara Pakomio (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award - $2000)

Pechquinco Passalaqua Hucke (Easter Island Foundation Award - $2000) 

Tiare de la Puente Bernarcer (Friends of Rapa Nui Award - $2000) 

Jose Calderon Fati (Easter Island Foundation Award - $2000)

Kena Tepano Riroroko (Nicolas Haoa Haoa Sr. Award - $2000)

Taniera Ika Guldman (Easter Island Foundation Award - $1500) 

Ghislaine Tepano Tepano (Fraternal Order of Moai Tangata Manu Award - $2000)


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:

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