Lee Joseph Huddleston of Eugene, Oregon lost his life in February of 2020 while rescuing a group of children who had become caught in a rip tide while swimming off Moch island, in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Lee’s first experience in working with people of nations other than his own was in the years 2012-2013 as a volunteer in Peru, where he worked with at-risk youth at the Instituto Mundo Libre in Lima. He then served the people of Chuuk state as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the Island of Moch from 2014 to 2016. Lee’s adventuresome spirit took him to Kazakhstan in 2018 where he worked for Yessenov University as a teacher trainer. Following that position he returned to work for the Chuuk State Department of Education as Instructional Support Coordinator for the mid-Mortlocks.

He was a graduate of Willamette High School in Eugene and from the University of Oregon where he obtained baccalaureate degrees in International Studies and Spanish as well as a Masters Degree in Language Teaching Studies.

The Lee Joseph Huddleston Memorial Scholarship provides tuition assistance to a student from the Outer Islands of Chuuk attending either elementary or high school anywhere within the FSM. Preference is given to deserving applicants from the Mortlock Islands.


Micronesian students can apply for a Habele K12 tuition scholarship here.

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Established by former Peace Corps Volunteers, Habele is a 501(3) nonprofit supporting Micronesian students.