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Mahalo donors of the Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship, I am so grateful for your generosity and kindness. With your help, I will be able to take one more step toward giving back to my community here in Hawaiʻi. I hope to remain an honors student in college while completing my freshman year. Mahalo Nui Loa for your support!I am planning to get my bachelor's degree in Animal Science and continue on to Veterinary school.
Aloha, Mahalo nui loa donors of the Class of 2020 Aloha 'Aina Scholarship! I extend my appreciation for your kindness as this will help me to achieve my goal of obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. My ʻohana and I are so grateful as it will allow me to pay for my textbooks and material for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. I plan to continue focusing on my studies, engaging in more community activities, and participating in projects within my field of study. Mahalo nui loa!Aloha ke akua, Abigail MacalintalI aspire to be a Mechanical Engineer who chooses not to shy away from the lofty ideal of changing the world but constitutes positive change. As a first-year student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, I am currently a part of the Society of Women Engineers, the Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program (NHSEMP), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. I am particularly looking forward to engaging with haumāna ranging from Kindergarten to Seniors in High School through the NHSEMP program. I enjoy incorporating ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi as I help to lead STEM projects while encouraging our new lāhui to find a passion that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into their everyday lives.
Mahalo donors of the Makaloa Scholarship for providing me with additional funds to support my college career. I will be attending UH Hilo as an Exploratory Studies student and with that I can take different classes in areas that I am passionate about and will thrive in academically. I would like any profession in the medical field as there is a major lack of workers there. Whether I become a doctor, nurse, or surgeon, it will greatly benefit my community here in Hawaiʻi.
Aloha nui scholarship donors and representatives, I extend my deepest gratitude for your generous support. It is an honor to my family and me to receive these prestigious awards and not have to worry about monetary needs. My career goals are focusing on food sustainability in Hawaiʻi and expanding it through the medium of the Hawaiian language and culture. By researching in the Hawaiian language newspapers about famous places of Hawaiʻi and agricultural techniques, I can restore places to its natural beauty. Ultimately, I want to become a resource of data-based knowledge that my community can rely upon and a great leader for my generation. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors! I am so grateful for your generosity which allows me to focus on Outdoor Product Design and Development and takes the stress off my family and me. I am excited to grow as a designer! I've recently changed my major to something I am very much interested and invested in, which will require me to grow as a sewer and creator. I hope to start a small business sewing Hawaiian print clothing and swimwear to promote Hawaiian culture and design, and I am excited to see where this will take me. I can’t thank you enough for this amazing scholarship donation!
I can’t express how much this show of generosity means to me. That sign of faith and support, that notion that someone believes in me, gives me a boost of confidence. I hope to further my skills in writing and someday publish my very own novel. I'm looking forward to meeting others who share my love for writing at UH Mānoa. In addition, the experiences I'll have in this new environment promise to provide a lot of new material for future stories. After the challenge of college admissions and endless assignments, this support serves as a reminder of future possibilities. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors! Your generosity has had an enormous positive impact not only on me, but the students who have received these awards before me and those who will receive them in the future. These scholarships will allow me to achieve one of the biggest goals I have: becoming the first in my family to earn a college degree. In my last year, I hope to help with research on campus, continue my place as Chair of the Society of American Foresters, volunteer more, and compete well on the University Timber Sports Team! From the deepest part of the hearts of my family and me: mahalo, mahalo, mahalo!
Mahalo nui for your generosity and kindness by awarding me this scholarship. I'm very proud to be able to call myself a Kamehameha Schools alumni and to be able to further my education. If not for this award and financial aid, I would probably have had to take a few years off to work, so I am very grateful for this aid. I hope to be able to make the best out of my college education and make my family and my school proud. I plan on becoming a licensed architect at a firm focused on environmental sustainability, and I wish to use my position in life to help those less fortunate than me. Once again, mahalo nui loa.
Mahalo nunui loa donors of the Green Machine, Holomua, and Kamehameha Schools Class of 1980 Scholarships for giving me the opportunity to continue pursuing my academic endeavors. With your help, I will be able to use my social work degree to help others as well, giving back to my community and society coming around full circle. Mahalo again!
Alissa Maree NakamuraScholarship:
Mahalo donors, I am so grateful. I always knew that if I wanted to go to college, I needed to work hard in school and apply to scholarships. This award will help assist me in paying for tuition and books required for school. In the next academic year, I hope to join the top 10% in my school to get into the honor society of our program. I promise I will work extremely hard to accomplish my goals, knowing that I have someone in my corner. My dream is to eventually open up a clinic for families that are struggling to make ends meet, but still need quality healthcare.
Thank you donors for the opportunity to be chosen for this scholarship. This means a lot to me as I will use these funds to better my experiences and sharpen my skills in carpentry. I hope to gain as much knowledge as I can from some of the best to implement what I have learned doing commercial or residential construction in my future career and jobs. My long-term goal is to either join the carpentry union or branch off and start my own business. With the knowledge that I am learning, I can give back to my family and build a better future.
I am honored and more than grateful to accept this scholarship. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I saw that I was awarded with a scholarship. I called all my family members just to share the news and my excitement. These funds will go directly towards my tuition and achieving my ultimate goal of earning my degrees in Hawaiian language and women’s studies. Without your generosity, it would be that much more difficult to pay for my tuition and schooling. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and makes such a huge difference in my educational journey. I see myself working as a counselor and advocate for indigenous women. Mahalo nunui!
Mahalo to the donors for selecting me as a recipient. I imagine that there were many applicants, and I am incredibly grateful to be blessed by your generosity. The monetary support will alleviate some of burden and stress that is associated with college fees and tuition. I pray that our Father in heaven finds favor over me, gives me wisdom and understanding, provides me a supportive friend group, and keeps me safe and healthy as I work to pursue my nursing degree at the University of Portland. Mahalo nui loa for helping to make my dreams come true.
Alyssia Fernandez RuizScholarship:
Mahalo donors of the Douglas and Sandra Akina Scholarship. I want to thank you for providing me with your scholarship so that I may have the opportunity to further my education after high school. With this award, I will now be able to pursue a degree in education which will help me become a teacher at Kamehameha Schools Maui to prepare the future generations to better our Hawaiian community. I want to again mahalo you for your generosity in providing me with this award.
Aloha e donors of the Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship and Warren Nakupuna Ah Loo Memorial Scholarship. I am very thankful for your generosity because it will allow me to obtain a college education without having to worry about the burden of tuition and it motivates me to continue to strive for academic success and pursue a career in medicine. I plan to major in human biology and am excited to immerse myself in a wide range of clubs including Stanford Medicine, Women in Medicine, Stanford Running Club, and much more. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend medical school and return home to Hawaiʻi to serve my community.
Mahalo for your generosity and selecting me for this scholarship for 2022-2023 academic year. This means a lot and will help me achieve my education goals. I plan on working for a community health care center as a physical therapist. I also see myself working with kids as a coach, learning as much as I can and giving back to my community.
I would like to share my sincere gratitude. Your generous donations will help make my dream of attending Dartmouth a reality, and I am honored to be representing my lāhui there. My interests span the fields of astronomy, anthropology, and environmental studies. From a Western standpoint, these disciplines may not appear to be connected; however, they are very much interwoven from a Hawaiian perspective. There has been a disconnect between astronomers and the indigenous population, which is problematic. My vision is to help rekindle the ancestral ties to astronomy while supporting current research and technology on our mountains and help ensure it is carried out respectfully. Without your support, this would not be possible.
Mahalo! Thanks to your help I will be able to attend the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and major in marine science with little to no financial burden. My future plans are to either work for DLNR or Kamehameha Schools in land and water management. Once again thank you for this opportunity to give back to my lāhui! I will also be able to be more active in the community and make connections that will help me in the future. Once again mahalo for investing in my future!
Mahalo nui loa! I am so thankful for your support. The funds provided will help me pursue my scientific and artistic passions by allowing me to purchase supplies necessary for study and artistic creation. My plans are to attend USC and receive a degree in environmental studies with minors in drawing and painting. I'll return back to Hawaiʻi and contribute to the protection of Hawaiʻi's land, species, and natural resources. I'll also advocate for a Native Hawaiian approach to sustainability and climate change response. Beyond my career, I plan to use my art minors to beautify and inspire the communities in Hawaiʻi by painting murals.
Mahalo e donors! As the time to pursue further education nears, it is very reassuring that there are people out there who are willing to support young students like me. I hope to become well-rounded, educated, and successful in media. I am very excited to be attending a college that can support my aspirations as a filmmaker as well as deepen my relationship to Hawaiian culture. I intend to double major in film and Hawaiian Studies, to learn about sustainability and agriculture through a Hawaiian lens. I am passionate about being a filmmaker and am working to aid the ʻaina of Hawaiʻi through storytelling. Mahalo!
I want to send my deepest mahalo to the donors of the Kamehameha Schools Association of Kauaʻi. This money will help my ʻohana and me immensely by helping to pay for all the costs college presents. With this, I will be able to pursue and achieve my dreams. Post-college, my ultimate goal is to return home and become a pediatric oncology nurse. Your kindness, compassion, and generosity will be remembered forever. Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo from the bottom of my heart.
Mahalo donors of the Edwin Mahiai Copp Beamer Scholarship, I am so deeply thankful for your generosity as it will allow me to finish my final semester at HPU. Your scholarship is instrumental in allowing me to afford my last semester and to finish my degrees. I’m hoping to continue on my current trajectory and make it onto the Dean’s list one more time before I graduate. I am an aspiring writer, singer, actor, streamer, and intend to pursue all of these things for my remaining time in school as well as after. Again, mahalo nui loa for your generosity.
Mahalo donors! I am very thankful for your generosity because it gives us hope in times when there is stress and worry about finances. What I hope to achieve this year is to stay on track and keep my grades up with the reminder that this also gives my ʻohana someone to look up to and be proud of. My plans and aspirations regarding college/post-secondary education and a future career is to attend law school and become an attorney. Mahalo for this great experience.
Mahalo nui loa to the donors of the Makaloa Graduate Scholarship fund. Your generosity has allowed me to shift my focus from the costs of my educational pursuits and focus on my learning. Without this donation, continuing my education would be simply unattainable, and both my family and I remain forever grateful for your support. I intend to begin my career as a mental health counselor for children in Hawaiʻi’s schools, and concurrently work toward obtaining my PsyD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on child psychology. It is my hope that I can use my education and background to support the underserved local youth population.
To say that I am eternally grateful for this financial gift to assist me in my pursuit of a doctorate degree in education is an understatement. Receiving this scholarship and being able to share the news with my daughters made me feel so proud and I thank you for giving our family this moment to rejoice together. I hope to inspire other Kanaka ‘Ōiwi students, especially mothers, at all degree levels, to see the value in investing in their education and to be unafraid to commit to their future. Being able to bring my teenage daughters and toddler alongside me on this journey has been a huge blessing!
Thank you for this sum of money I’ve been blessed with. This is an investment I will use in my life to bolster our community as I plan on continuing my education to obtain a business degree. I choose this college as it will benefit me academically and spiritually. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors of the Pauahi Scholarship! This means a lot not only to me but to my hard-working parents who put in countless hours to help pay for my education. I hope I can come back and do good for the community. I plan to gain an education in business at the University of San Francisco. Later, I want to come back to Hawaiʻi to help people struggling in this field.
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1974 scholarship! I am most thankful and honored for the scholarship as it will assist me with obtaining my master’s degree. I have the honor and opportunity to attend Johns Hopkins School of Nursing this coming fall. As I enter this next step in my life, higher education is important to my family and me and I appreciate the chance to experience this adventure on the east coast. Mahalo again for the gracious donation and assistance.
Mahalo donors. I am truly and sincerely grateful. This year I have struggled balancing many things and a series of unfortunate events that included the passing of my grandmother. Yet amid the struggle, your support has been a reminder that even on days when we wake up to clouds, the sun still remains. Mahalo nui for your support and the warmth you have provided amidst what felt like a storm. I look forward to pursuing my interests to best support the people of Hawaiʻi and carrying the legacy of our kūpuna through attending law school in pursuit of my J.D., then working in government in various capacities starting at the state legislature.
To the donors of the David and Julia Desha Scholarship, I would like to extend my warmest aloha and greatest appreciation with you all! I thank you for supporting me along my journey as I strive to achieve greatness within the hospitality industry. I am very honored to be able to receive this opportunity and represent my island home of Kauaʻi. As a college student, receiving support such as being an honored recipient goes a long way and motivates me to push harder! Mahalo nui loa for your generosity and for continuing to impact the lives of many Native Hawaiian youth and young adults each year!
Aloha donors, I just wanted to thank you for picking me for the Allen A. Bailey Scholarship, I am very thankful for your consideration for picking me as one of the many students for this scholarship. With this scholarship opportunity I will be using this to further my education in teaching. I have been working with kids for the past three years and I really enjoyed working with them. I think that education is really important and I am looking forward to being able to educate future generations. I really appreciate this because it allows me to pay for graduate school. Mahalo nui.
Mahalo to the donors of the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Parent Teacher Organization Scholarship and the Theodore Richards Scholarship. I thank you greatly for your generosity. The funds I’ve received will aid my journey of self-discovery and development in college. I want to uncover as much as I possibly can about music and its effect on the individual. From this, I can teach young musicians what I've learned, and inspire them to act upon their own creative instincts. Thank you so much!
Mahalo donors of the Makaloa Scholarship, I am so grateful to receive this award. It is a significant contribution to my academic journey that cannot be understated. This gift will lessen the burden of tuition for my parents, who fund my work in college. This upcoming year, I hope to thrive in all of my courses, make new relationships, and gain a better idea of what I want to become. Once again, mahalo for this great award!
Mahalo donors! I’m so thankful that this scholarship will be able to let me conduct my own research project in Hawaiʻi this upcoming fall on Kīlauea & Hawaiʻi’s beautiful volcanoes. As a chemistry major and geology minor, I hope to one day be able to use my skills to come back home and serve the lāhui and the ʻāina that has raised me. Mahalo.
Aloha and mahalo nui to the donors of the Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship, no ka lokomaikaʻi. Everything I have received is truly a big, much needed, kōkua to my family and me. The aid from this scholarship is my financial assistance guiding me through my first year of college. I hope to make the most out of every penny I put towards my education and I hope to one day look back at this gift as a factor in my success; to somehow be able to give back to the āina in conservation and the lāhui by educating the younger generations about their culture.
Mahalo donors of the Dorothy Martin Scholarship! I am so grateful and honored to receive this award. This means a lot to my ʻohana and me because it will help me to go to my dream school, Claremont McKenna College. I recently visited CMC and fell in love with the campus, the people, and its academics. I am so excited to major in environmental analysis and Japanese, and I hope that my degree will help me to pursue a career in the field of conservation biology. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors of the Kalino Foundation Merit-Based Scholarship. I am eternally grateful for your generous gift, as this will lift a burden off both my parents’ and my shoulders. This award will help pay off my tuition and my college living expenses which I am so thrilled about because it will be my last semester before I graduate with my bachelor’s degree. My plan after I graduate from college is to enroll into medical school. I would like to become an oncologist because I've had people in my life who had cancer, some survived and some tragically passed, and I want to do whatever it takes to save more lives from this awful disease. Mahalo for granting me with this scholarship.
I would like to say mahalo for your generosity in giving me this scholarship. It has been a very stressful experience trying to manage senior year while worrying about financing college, and by offering this scholarship to me, you have relieved me of some of that stress. Your contribution will benefit my family and me greatly and will allow me to pursue becoming an engineer. I hope that with this money, I will be able to repay both my family and the community following my time in university.
Mahalo nui loa for your generosity and support during this exciting time. College is very expensive, and your gift of aloha and support really goes a long way in helping my ʻohana. I hope to dive deep into my studies at Dartmouth, always holding true to my Hawaiian beliefs and indigenous practices. I hope to attend law school after my undergraduate studies, concentrating in corporate law, whether it is advising corporations on Native Hawaiian issues or working directly in the community to support the many ongoing legal battles. Once again, mahalo for this amazing opportunity and for supporting me!
Mahalo donors! I would like to sincerely thank you for this scholarship. I am looking forward to continuing my educational pursuits this upcoming semester. Without scholarships funded from generous donors such as yourselves, my dream of becoming a college graduate would not be possible. There is no place like home, and I plan on attending college on ʻOahu and earning my bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, to become competitive in the workforce, and ultimately provide for my future family. I would like to sincerely thank you once again for your kindness and generosity.
Mahalo for making my dreams come true. As a first-generation and low-income student, thank you for entrusting me with the responsibility of upholding the legacy of the Kalino Foundation, Kamehameha Schools Class of 1962 Scholarship, and Rebecca Kunipo Ching Scholarship. You have entrusted the very best of this generation with the hope and faith needed to become the best and brightest versions of ourselves – thank you. I plan to obtain my master's and PhD in nursing after graduating with my bachelor's. I whole-heartedly envision myself working as a pediatric endocrinology nurse practitioner helping children with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Mahalo nui loa.
Mahalo donors of the Mahiʻai scholarship. I am super thankful for your generosity as it will relieve a lot of financial stress for the upcoming financial year. This means a lot to my ʻohana and I as the money awarded will be solely used for the cost of books, supplies, and tuition. This generous donation will only help push me forward in my academic journey! Looking into the future, I am very excited to graduate in the year 2024 with a Bachelor’s in Tropical Agroecology. Mahalo nui loa.
Mahalo donors! Your support of my education is a tremendous blessing allowing me to pursue a master’s education in finance and accounting as a first-generation college student. I will continue my research on a future, post-occupied Hawaiian Kingdom political economy. Because of your aloha, I am closer to carrying out my kuleana of serving the lāhui as a finance practitioner and scholar by working in educational endowments and obtaining a doctorate degree to increase the representation of Native Hawaiians in business and business education, which will result in an expanded economic safety net for our people to actualize their ancestral prerogatives and bring about an aloha ʻāina economic future.
I would like to say mahalo nui to the donors of the Makaloa Undergraduate Scholarship. I greatly appreciate your generosity and support that this scholarship is granting me. This means a lot to me and my family. This scholarship will go towards paying my tuition and in the long run will contribute to my goal of becoming a Registered Nurse, where I hope to eventually work within my community. I look forward to being able to help and contribute to the health and well-being of all those I encounter. Once again, mahalo!
Mahalo donors! I am extremely grateful for your generosity as this truly provides a sense of relief and the ability to attend college for mechanical engineering. I strive to do well in school and plan to join a few clubs that volunteer in the community. This will ensure that the award money is not just assisting me but others as well. I hope to become a successful mechanical engineer in Hawaiʻi and plan to work on projects that could entail renewable energy power plants and pollution reduction plans. Mahalo nui for this amazing award that is propelling me towards a bright future
Mahalo for the two scholarships that I received from the Pauahi Foundation. I am so thankful because it helps me with going to college and getting a higher education. I hope to continue for the next four to eight years. I want to go into graduate school and get my doctorate in psychology to work mostly in family and marriage counseling.
Daniel Ah HeeScholarship:
Mahalo donors! Your generous scholarships enable me to pursue my goal of changing Hawaiʻi and the world by bringing positive, disruptive change through STEM. Without your support, I might not have been able to enroll at my dream school. I intend to major in computer science and plan to pursue an MBA, to create a tech startup that makes revolutionary technological solutions. I have many goals that I want to achieve including developing more efficient and cost-effective thermoelectric generators to help solve our energy crisis, combat climate change and its adverse effects, and make living in Hawaiʻi more affordable. I am so thankful for this opportunity you have given me.
Mahalo donors of the Trudi and Hiram de Fries Educational Scholarship. I am very thankful and appreciative for your generosity and investment into my schooling as I pursue a career in nursing and begin classes in the Chaminade nursing program this fall 2022. I would ultimately love to be able to work in geriatrics or be a hospice nurse. This scholarship means a lot to me as it will help to alleviate the financial burden for tuition, books and all that comes with being a full-time college student. I am truly blessed to have your support and cannot mahalo you enough.
David Brody SoongScholarship:
Mahalo nui loa donors for the opportunity to further my education at an esteemed institution. This scholarship means very much to my family and me because in recent years we have been struggling financially and with this scholarship, you have helped in unimaginable ways. I will be getting a bachelor's degree in business. I would like to start a not-for-profit organization that addresses substantial issues in Hawaiʻi and takes action to help those who are struggling or at risk of facing health issues and addictions in the future. If given the proper education, the people of Hawaiʻi would know how to avoid struggles like these. Mahalo
I am very blessed for your donation of the Makaloa Scholarship-UG. Your donation has played an important role in my educational journey and preparation for my career, goals, and endeavors. With this financial support, I feel confident and driven to pursue and further my education. I plan to study agriculture, life sciences, and electrical engineering and become a resource within our community, providing opportunities and agricultural programs that will support sustainability by utilizing engineering methods. Mahalo!
Mahalo to the donors of the Frank & Ruth Midkiff Scholarship, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Parent Teacher Organization Scholarship, Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship, and Pauahi Scholars. Being able to receive scholarships like these will do great lengths to help my family and me afford the cost of my tuition. I hope to pursue a degree in the field of law or international relations and minor in Japanese to become a lawyer one day or work internationally for the U.S. government. Your generosity will forever mean the world to me, and I will work and do my absolute best to make you proud.
To the donors of the scholarships, your contributions to my education have instilled hope and relief in my family by helping to pay for college. With this gift, you have invested in a young woman who will inspire change through conversations about the earth, build relationships with people and companies around the world, and motivate young Native Hawaiians towards STEM fields. I am someone who doesn’t come from a fortunate background, but I am already changing the narrative. I hope that one day, I may thank you all in person, but for now, thank you for investing not only in my future, but the future of this planet.
Mahalo donors! I am very thankful for your generosity because if it were not for your scholarships, I would have to take out loans to continue my education as well as struggle to afford my books for classes. To my ʻohana, these scholarships mean there is one less burden on their plate as I can be independent. I hope by the end of the academic school year, I am able to graduate with honors and a bachelor’s degree in social work upon acceptance in the master’s program. I would like to say a big mahalo from my family to yours.
Mahalo nui loa donors of the Hawaiʻi Lodging and Tourism Association Pouhana Hokele Scholarship. I was very ecstatic to learn that I had been offered this scholarship. I’ve always wanted to go back to school since I graduated high school in 2019, but with living independently I simply couldn’t afford to go to college. With your help, I now have the opportunity to work my way up to my dream career and graduate with an associate’s degree in hospitality and tourism. This has lightened my financial burden, which will allow me to focus on the most important aspects of school. Mahalo again for your thoughtful and generous gift.
Mahalo donors! I am extremely thankful and cannot even explain how ecstatic my family and I are as your contribution has taken away some of the financial stress of attending a very expensive university. I plan on making the most out of each year as I get my degree in mechanical engineering and will be doing research on artificial intelligence at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering. I hope to go through the accelerated master's program and plan on coming back home to help advance the tech industry in Hawaiʻi. I am honored to be a recipient and will be a strong representative of Kamehameha Schools in college and thereafter.
Mahalo to the donors of these two scholarships. Thank you for your generosity! These mean so much to my ʻohana and me. This helps us out tremendously as my parents work so hard to take care of the four of us. I am looking forward to gaining knowledge in business management that will help me get an internship and a great job. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1991 Scholarship. I am thankful for your generosity. This gift will help this academic year by helping me to complete my Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. I hope to achieve a fulfilling career by the end of this year in either cyber security or software engineering. I also plan on getting additional certifications and licenses in A+ Certification, Security+ and CompTIA CySA+ Certifications in the future to further my career and have aspirations to work on my master's degree. Mahalo.
Mahalo donors, I am incredibly grateful for this generous scholarship toward my higher education goals and for deeming my story worthy enough. Coming from a low-income family, I have been fully supporting myself for the past 4 years as I do not have anyone I can rely on for financial help. I cannot express enough that this award will incredibly and positively impact my financial freedom. My passion is artistic storytelling. My studio practice, design projects, and multi-media installations allow me to explore my relationship with my indigeneity, womanhood, society, and the ʻāina. I desire to harness these perspectives to connect on deeper levels with my culture and uplift my lāhui.
I would like to extend a most heartfelt appreciation and genuine gratitude to the donors of the Eli D. Paneʻe Sr., and Aileen E. Paneʻe I Mua Scholarship, George Hiʻilani Mills Scholarship, and the Lance (KS ’83) & Andrea Hussey (KS ’83) Leong Scholarship for providing me with this generous gift to pursue a future career in medicine. Due to your generosity, I can start my second year of medical school with a clear focus on my studies and acquire the tools necessary to help serve our people. Thank you for your belief in me as well. Mahalo nui loa iā ʻoukou pākahi āpau. Thank you so very much to each of you.
Mahalo donors of the Homer David Kahilialau and Thelma Mabara Burge, Sr. Scholarship, Johnny Pineapple Scholarship, and Sarah Keliʻilolena Lum Konia Nakoa Scholarship for your generosity, kōkua, and kākoʻo toward my education. I’ve always wanted to attend college after graduating from high school, and I am so grateful to know that it is more attainable financially. Through this learning journey, I hope to connect to great kumu, classmates, and people in the Hilo community while also connecting to the ʻāina and moʻolelo of this wahi. Once again, mahalo nui for supporting me!
Mahalo donors of the Kūnuiakea Scholarship, I am extremely grateful for your generosity and aid in supporting my academic journey as I work towards protecting and preserving the ʻāina of Hawaiʻi. Thank you for helping me and supporting my educational and career goals as I continue to work towards completing my undergraduate degree. I plan on attending UH Mānoa to obtain my master's and Ph.D in environmental management before working in the conservation and management of native Hawaiian land, plants, and resources. Mahalo nui loa!
Gabrieli Gonzalez- KeolaScholarship:
Mahalo! With this scholarship, I’ll be able to work less, focus on my education, and spend more time with my daughter. I hope to get the training and pass the state board test to work either in a nail salon or do facials to gain experience. I want to make people feel comfortable in their own skin and enhance their beauty with my services, which from my perspective is a form of self-expression and creativity. Once I feel ready, I would like to open a salon that has a daycare room for client’s children. Thank you again for opening up new opportunities for my future.
Mahalo donors! With this scholarship, I can continue to focus on my studies and all that college provides. The support that my mom and I receive from generous donors like you contributes to my educational success. I hope one day to follow in your footsteps by giving back to the Hawaiian community. I am a junior majoring in civil engineering, and have been interning with an environmental engineering firm called Brown and Caldwell since this past summer. I have learned many meaningful technical and social skills. I have also learned about the design and construction process of a project and am excited to learn more through hands-on experiences. Mahalo nui loa!
Mahalo nui for extending a generous hand to me and many adolescents that are eager to make something of themselves. Your kind offer will help me to become the first member of my immediate family to graduate with a college degree. I plan to study Hawaiian language and culture, and a few other languages and cultures such as Spanish, Japanese, French, ASL, and Māori. I strive to use these as tools of communication to achieve my dreams for a future career which are to travel and work toward helping people of different backgrounds around the world connect and better understand each other through language.
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i Parent Teacher Organization Scholarship for supporting me through my future. I appreciate the support. I look forward to playing volleyball and getting a degree so I can come back home and help my community as a paramedic. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors of the Makaloa Scholarship, I deeply appreciate your support in my future endeavors at Stanford University. Without this, I would not be able to pursue education without worry about my financial situation, and I am forever thankful for your generosity. With this gift, I wish to pursue my passion for computer science, STEM and its overlap in humanities, life, and more. I plan to explore research and internship opportunities and discover more about myself and Stanford’s academics in the coming years.
I am a parent of three children with developmental disorders and I have been my father’s main caregiver for the past 18 months in addition to working a full-time job. Despite this, I have finished my course load with excellent academic achievement and am close to beginning my dissertation. My research will confront the barriers facing Native Hawaiian students in the UH Community College System to improve their matriculation and persistence through the college educational pipeline. I could not have done this without your financial support! He mahalo no ia outou patahi apau loa!
Mahalo to the donors of the Dr. Lori Ann Kim Scholarship. I am so thankful for your generosity because it will help my ʻohana and me to pay for some college expenses like dorming and tuition, and it pushes me to become successful in my future career as a veterinarian. I hope to graduate from high school with an honors diploma, and plan on giving back to the communities that helped me by participating in community service events this summer. Mahalo nui loa for granting me this scholarship that will help me gain so much success. I am so very thankful.
I cannot express how grateful I am for these honors. As a rising senior at MIT, double majoring in computer science and environmental engineering, I have had to shift a lot of time toward my studies. This support allows me to pursue positions and classes that have the greatest impact on my community and education. I am developing machine learning models to understand Native Hawaiian forestry distribution and hope to develop open source software for the community to understand the environment and make informed decisions about land-use and forestry. The legacy that your kindness has created is inspiring, mahalo nui loa for your generosity!
Mahalo donors of the Waipa Nishimura Memorial Scholarship for your generosity in helping me to get through the next school year as a college freshman. Anything helps and this scholarship is more than I could possibly ask someone for. Receiving this scholarship means that I will have that much of a financial burden lifted off my shoulders. I’m looking to not only gain a job in advertising, but to start up my own environmentally-friendly business. I hope to honor this scholarship and perform to the best of my ability in and out of the classroom. Mahalo nui.
Haley Kanoelani OkamotoScholarship:
Aloha mai! I am extremely grateful for your generosity. I am a first-generation college student, and the first in my immediate family to enter into a graduate program. Through the guidance of my parents and Kamehameha Schools, I have learned to value my education. This gift will also allow me to focus my energy towards my schooling. Ideally, I'd like to either work for or create a grant-funded program to serve Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students who are pursuing a post-secondary education. Upon graduating, I am hopeful that I will be able to move home to Kauaʻi and serve the community that raised me. Mahalo for your kindness.
Mahalo nui loa for your generous monetary donation that will help me finish my Associate’s in Architecture Engineering and Construction Technologies at Hawaiʻi Community College. I hope to complete a business degree at UH Hilo, and then return to my home community to help start a business to provide affordable housing.
Mahalo nui to the generous donors of the Edwin P. Murray and Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi PTO Scholarships. Through your scholarship, you are helping me to further my education and become a strong ʻōiwi leader as someone who can go back into the lāhui to make a difference for the people of Hawaiʻi. Post-college, I hope to return to Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi as a kumu teaching Hawaiian studies, māla or hula. In the long term, I hope to make my way through KS as poʻo kumu, poʻo kula, or even as far as becoming a trustee of Kamehameha Schools.
Henna Chong TimScholarship:
Mahalo donors of the Kunuiakea Scholarship. I am so grateful for the opportunity to enrich my education and begin my journey as a student and future healthcare provider. I plan on earning my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and coming back home to provide care to my people.
Mahalo McClellan ʻohana for your scholarship. My time on our school’s speech and debate team has been filled with many laughs, tears, and memories I will cherish forever. Mahalo also to the donors of the John A. and Georgia J. Meyers Scholarship for your generosity which has encouraged me to pursue a business degree in design and innovation management. I hope to use this degree, and possibly a law degree along the line, to help the lāhui grow. I am beyond thankful for these scholarships which are a gift to my ʻohana and me as I attend an out-of-state college and strive to do my absolute best.
Hunter Kaulana Ah LooScholarship:
Mahalo donors of the Michael “Mikey” Miyake Scholarship and Waipa Nishimura Memorial Scholarship. I am extremely thankful for this opportunity as you help not only me but also my family, and because of you, our financial challenges are slowly getting resolved. This gift will help me because I now have more to spend on books and laptops and can settle into college with fewer worries. My goal this year is to make an immediate impact on the football team but also find the passion and interest for my major. I plan to either enter the sports business industry or work my way up in a global business. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors! I am a first-generation student and the first to attend graduate school. My parents, grandparents, and cousins are all so proud that I have made it this far. This scholarship will help me with the cost of school and allow me to focus more on performing well in school. I hope to learn about how I can serve rural and underserved communities as an established physical therapist. Following graduation, I plan on working as a traveling physical therapist so that I can experience and learn from as many different places, people and cultures that I can across the nation. Once again, thank you for your support and generosity!
Mahalo Kamehameha Schools Class of 1995 and donors to the Benedict Kalamaku Lee Loy Scholarship. I am very appreciative that I will be able to focus on education instead of having to make ends meet. I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies Malama ʻĀina. My kuleana to the lāhui is to educate those around me, including my peers, nieces and nephews, and sometimes even my kūpuna, and perpetuate all the ʻike acquired, new and old, and put it into action. Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo!
I am incredibly grateful for your generosity and belief in me. This scholarship will help our ‘ohana worry less about financing my education. I will use this wisely as I make my move to the East Coast. I hope to immerse myself in my Princeton community, especially in their sustainable agriculture program, and share the knowledge of aloha ʻāina with them. I plan to write for the Daily Princetonian and the Princeton Undergraduate Blog. I am looking forward to traveling abroad, hopefully for language or cultural studies to connect with new people. Once again, mahalo for supporting me in my future endeavors.
Mahalo donors of the David and Julia Desha Scholarship. I am so thankful, as this will help me achieve the future I want. I was blessed to receive a merit scholarship from my school of choice and this money will go towards my room and board. This means a lot to my ʻohana, as it takes the load off of them and will help me to become the businesswoman I’ve always wanted to be and it’ll ensure that I’ll be able to give back to my lāhui one day. I hope to grow in my first semester in college and end this year on a high note. I plan to go to Santa Clara to obtain a Bachelors degree in Accounting. Through my four years there, I look forward to expanding on my knowledge and exploring my new home. My goal is to become a C.P.A. or a Financial Advisor. Me ka mahalo nui!
India Kawelolani ChingScholarship:
Mahalo donors! I am transitioning to becoming independent in my own finances. This will allow me to stay in school and continue my journey through college. I will be able to learn and prepare for my career ahead and will be ready to take on any challenges in my future. Further along in my future, I want to be able to continue giving back to my community and to the people that have supported me throughout my educational journey. My goal is to participate in efforts to restore and protect Hawaiʻi’s natural resources and to advocate and educate our community about the issues concerning our environment. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors, I cannot put into words how thankful I am. It’s been so difficult these days, but the end result of becoming a kumu ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and supporting our lāhui is worth it. I graduated from Waipahu High School and since then I've been volunteering alongside my former kumu. When I get my degree, she will retire so that I can take her place. I love working with her, and our students are amazing. Whatever the future holds for me, I’m set on teaching at a public school because that’s where I came from and I want to give back to students who come from a similar environment.
Mahalo donors for your generosity! I am beyond thankful as this will allow me to pursue a degree on the East Coast, where I will be experiencing all the seasons for the first time in my life! I hope to pursue a multi-disciplinary degree, honoring my passion for social and political infrastructures and interest in philosophy. I am also hoping to study abroad for a semester in Florence, Italy! After my undergrad, I hope to return home to attend law school, where I plan to practice and give back to the communities that have shaped me. Mahalo piha, me koʻu aloha āpau.
Thank you KSHPTO. I am thankful for this because it will help my family so much. The cost of the college was one of the biggest factors in what college I was going to go to, so this money will help me worry less and focus more on my academics. I hope to study civil engineering and maybe return back home to work and help my family.
I would like to thank the donors for their generosity. Your gift will allow me to pursue my academic career. I hope to also make lifelong friends at the university and participate in collegiate athletics as a member of the water polo team. My plan is to obtain a master’s degree in business with a focus in entrepreneurship, with the ultimate goal of returning to Maui, and eventually owning a venue, through which I will continue the mission of service to others that has been instilled in me through my KS education. The venue would house a combination of for-profit and non-profit events that will benefit our community in multiple ways.
Mahalo donors of the Gladys Kamakakuokalani ʻAinoa Brandt, Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association - Maui Region, and Makuakāne Inspirational Educator Scholarships for your kōkua and kākoʻo towards my educational journey. I will carry these blessings with me and will be able to finish my master’s program because of your generosity. I look forward to graduating in the spring of 2023 with a Master of Education in Teaching. Then I hope to obtain a full-time teaching position as a Hawaiian Immersion teacher. Mahalo nui a piha!
Mahalo to the donors of the Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship for awarding me with a scholarship. This will be very helpful for my family to afford my college education as well as continue to support my brothers' high school education this upcoming school year. The gift will go a long way in helping me achieve my future goals and career plans. I hope to continue to maintain my study habits in college and this scholarship is another motivation for me to do well in school.
Mahalo to the donors of the Richard Marks and T.C. Yim Scholarships for your generosity and contribution to my future. I look forward to representing Native Hawaiians in the healthcare field and making our community proud. I hope to be a nurse practitioner at community health centers across Hawaiʻi and provide services in underserved communities.
I am immeasurably grateful for your generosity. The cost of tuition has been a formidable concern as the program I am in recommends not working while in school due to the intensive, accelerated workload. That, in addition to caring for my 92-year old grandmother more than occupy my time, so this scholarship is a huge blessing. My goal is to finish my program strong - to gain competence as a nurse so I can start to serve our lāhui as a nurse and one day, nurse practitioner and public health advocate. I will work with Native Hawaiian families in underserved areas, providing the medical care they need across their lifespan. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors for this generous award. As a self-funded, first-generation graduate student, the gift you have donated is truly life changing for me. One of my greatest concerns about returning to school for a MBA program has been the financial burden that such an education brings. Your generosity will enable me to graduate in far less student debt than previously projected, changing the trajectory of my business and future. I will now be able to invest more deeply into the company I’ve founded, the work I am doing with small businesses, and the impact I can make on my Big Island community. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Mahalo donors of the Pauahi Scholars Scholarship. I am so grateful for your generosity and want you to know that this means so much for me and my 'Ohana. College has always been my goal and you are helping me turn that into a reality. I hope to be able to gain all the knowledge that I can through my next years in school. Mahalo for your kindness.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this scholarship. It means so much more to become a teacher knowing that I had people rooting for me from the start. You don’t know how much of a blessing it is to receive this scholarship. School has always been my passion. I’ve been taking college classes since my ninth-grade year in high school, I knew that once I graduated, college classes would no longer be free. Although my family is rich in love, financially, we struggle. I promise that I will become a teacher and I will better my community. Thank you again, may you all be blessed.
Thank you so much donors of the Frank & Ruth Midkiff Scholarship for this! I am seriously struggling to pay for my college and many of the scholarships I have applied for have been denied. I am looking forward to becoming a computer scientist and computer science engineer and working for different companies that need online defense. I feel less stressed knowing there are kind people out there like yourself helping college students out. God bless!!!
Mahalo donors! This award means so much to my family and me. College is expensive, so I can’t explain how much every bit helps. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn from the best. I am planning on getting my bachelor’s in computer engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, because they have one of the best engineering programs in the country with a high post-graduation employment rate, and many opportunities for internships and co-ops. My ultimate goal is to come back to Hawaiʻi and give back to the community and the ʻāina. Me ka mahalo nui.
Mahalo donors! I am grateful for your support. As a first-generation scholar, your generosity will help me not only pay for college but achieve my goals of coming home to serve our community. I hope to learn how public health can help to address issues in Hawaiʻi to create a future that is healthy and sustainable. Mahalo nui again for your kokua.
Mahalo donors of the Pauahi Foundation Scholarships, I am very thankful for your generosity because my mother and I struggle to pay for things due to her health. This is a great opportunity for me to get my life started so I can continue to take care of her, and so that she has food on the table and gets her medications. I hope to get through this year with As and Bs, and I am looking forward to becoming a traveling nurse. Mahalo nui, I will forever be grateful for your generosity.
Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo donors of the Francis and Phyllis Chun Scholarship! I cannot express to you how grateful I am to receive this scholarship or even how thrilled I was to see the award on the scholarship portal! For me, this lessens the financial burden that college rests on me. I am excited to jump straight into my university coursework in the fall, and build those connections in the science world. I will continue to work hard. From the bottom of my heart, mahalo nui loa.
Jennifer Marie CarterScholarship:
Mahalo for your very generous scholarships which have been bestowed upon me. I am grateful for your support as it means a lot to my ʻohana and me. Your gift will help me immensely this academic year as I continue my journey in pursuing my master’s degree. I plan to continue my education by pursuing a doctorate in January 2023. Upon completing my doctorate, I would like to open a social service agency on the island of Hawaiʻi. I choose to live my life making a positive difference in my community. Your kindness is truly appreciated. Thank you again for your generosity and support.
Mahalo nui!! I am beyond grateful for this scholarship and the opportunity to further my education. This gift will help my family and me in so many ways. In this next school year, I am striving for a 4.0! I love school and setting new goals for myself. I plan to receive a bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas Christian University, and also a master’s degree. I hope to then return home to provide rehabilitation in both English and 'ōlelo Hawai'i to Native Hawaiian kids. Again, mahalo nui for this opportunity and it will definitely be used for the betterment of my future.I
Mahalo nui loa donors of the Johnny Pineapple Scholarship for helping me and many adolescents eager to make something out of themselves. During this time, young native Hawaiians are needed to step up for the preservation of our culture and language and I am grateful to have this opportunity. I will be majoring in Hawaiian Language & Studies to grow in my knowledge. Ultimately, I see myself being an environmental lawyer to help preserve our sacred Hawaiian land. I am committed to becoming a future leader for our nation and the following generations. Once again, mahalo for all the kōkua in my future journey.
Mahalo donors of the Nanea Scholarship! This means so much because I normally work a lot to help pay for school. Now, I can use this extra time to do an internship at an optometrist’s office and study for the OAT to get into optometry school. My ʻohana is also very thankful because times have been really tough because of COVID. I plan to become an optometrist and return to Hawaiʻi to help the community that raised me. One thing that comes to mind is I will help others who also want to go into optometry by offering internships for work experience. Mahalo everyone!!!
Mahalo donors of the Hawaii Island New Knowledge Fund THINK scholarship. I am very grateful for your generosity in regards to this scholarship. This means a lot especially because I am entering grad school and I am very nervous about paying for tuition. I will try my best to live up to expectations and succeed in Optometry school.
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1954 “Na Kanalimakumaha” Scholarship, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Parent Teacher Organization Scholarship (KSHPTO), Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship, and Vaughn G. A. Vasconcellos, KS ’71 Scholarship for your generosity. I am so grateful to have received these awards. It is a huge part towards a successful future. I plan to graduate college, be prepared to take the MCAT and get into medical school, after which I hope to become a pediatrician and work within my community Again, mahalo!!!!
I would like to sincerely thank you for your support and generosity. Going to college hasn’t been easy, especially on the East Coast so far away from home. As someone from a financially unstable family and as a student paying for college on their own, I am at a loss for words. I will passionately pursue my degree through your help, and am excited to return to school in the fall and jump into more advanced coding classes, dedicate more time to craft, as well as building a network on the East Coast for students like myself from Hawaiʻi. From the bottom of my heart, mahalo nui loa.
Joseph Nakoa IIIScholarship:
Mahalo donors for your generosity. This opportunity to represent KS Alumni means a lot to me and these funds will greatly assist my educational endeavors. I have made a commitment to expand my professional toolbox in order to give back to the people and places that have made me who I am. My studies this year will build upon this as I am beginning my PhD in Environmental Life Sciences and will be working through the ASU Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science located in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. I hope to transition into this new university and begin the first of my three research projects. Mahalo!
On behalf of my parents and I, mahalo nui to the donors of the DeWitt Wallace Scholarship for investing in my future! With the ever-increasing price of college, this money will go a long way in lifting the financial burden of funding my post-secondary education and inch me closer to achieving my dreams. I hope to attend law school after graduating from college, before eventually coming home to serve as a public interest lawyer. I also hope to run for office to tackle the many political issues impacting the lāhui – from the overrepresentation of Native Hawaiians in our criminal justice system to investing in a regenerative tourism model for Hawaiʻi. Again, mahalo nui!
Mahalo donors! I am immensely grateful for your generosity, and for your faith and trust in me as I pursue my music career. One of my main inspirations is the fact that I get to represent Hawaiian people on a national level, which is a great honor. This scholarship means that much more focus can be put on school and the preparation of a career rather than how I’m going to finance the next year of schooling, I am so incredibly grateful. Mahalo and I hope to represent you all and our people well!
Mahalo donors! I am so grateful to have been chosen as an awardee of these scholarships. These will help me pay for my college tuition. My parents have both my sister and me to provide for so this will aid in taking some weight off their shoulders. I hope to obtain my PhD in Psychology and this will enable me to do so. I wish to be able to give back to the community as a KS alumni and offer sessions in ‘ōlelo. I also hope to travel the world to experience new cultures and meet new people, as well as experience life on my own. Again, thank you so much!
Mahalo nui loa donors! Your generosity is greatly appreciated by my ʻohana and me in my continued effort to earn my Associate’s in Liberal Arts, Hawaiian Studies, and a certificate in Integrated Industrial Technologies. Mahalo nui loa again for the wonderful gift that I will take full advantage of towards my future education.
Mahalo nui loa donors! I am grateful for your generosity and for believing in me. This scholarship is a big help to my parents who currently support my education financially. This scholarship isn’t only an investment towards my education but my career. Along with going to school, to get a head start in my career, I’ve started marketing for a restaurant and my own eco-friendly business. Going to school has been helping me understand the best way to run my business, which in turn is giving me hands-on learning experience.
Mahalo to the donors of all these scholarships! Thanks to your generosity, I am able to attend my dream post-secondary institution. These gifts have helped my family and me afford my education. Not only are you supporting my education, but me as an artist. I hope to thrive at Berklee and in the community as a composer. Studying film scoring and composition, I hope to hone my voice as an artist and storyteller. I am also looking forward to learning multicultural music in Hawaiʻi and Boston. After college, I plan to continue writing music for the concert hall and media (film/TV/video games). Many thanks to all the donors and supporters!
Mahalo donors of the Class or 1973 scholarship. I am extremely grateful for your contribution towards my future. This gift will help me tremendously in my goal of earning my bachelor’s degree and becoming a registered nurse in pediatrics as I enjoy working with children and helping others.
Mahalo donors for gifting me with this amazing blessing. This award means the world to my ʻohana and me because it allows me to further my education without the worry of the financial cost. This will allow me to start my career path and provide me an opportunity for this upcoming academic year. I know that the jump from high school to college will be difficult, but this award has taken a lot off my shoulders. After graduating from UH Mānoa, my hope is to return home to Maui to become a nurse. Mahalo nui loa!
I’m beyond thankful for the donors as their contribution will support my journey to furthering my education. Receiving a scholarship not only supports my ʻohana and me financially, but greatly increases my desire to give back to my community. I'm really looking forward to furthering my education in the environment. I hope to approach my undergraduate experience with a strong work ethic, participate in various internship opportunities and create bonds with students as well as staff. Mahalo!
I am deeply humbled and grateful for the opportunity you have given to me to further my post-high education by helping me financially. This award means so much as I was contemplating whether I would be able to continue my education because of my financial hardships. My family and I are so thankful for your generosity because it lessens the burden placed upon all of us. This coming school year I will be able to attend aviation school and I hope and pray that I will make you all proud of me. Mahalo nui loa.
Nui ʻino koʻu mahalo iā ʻoukou e nā mea i hoʻolako mai i nā waihona kālā ʻo Homer David Kahilialau and Thelma Mabara Burge, Sr. Scholarship, Kamehameha Schools Class of 1961 Scholarship, a me Lee Ann DeLima Scholarship. Mahalo nui no ko ʻoukou kākoʻo ʻana mai i koʻu hānai ʻia ʻana. He mea kēia e kōkua iaʻu e komo i ke kulanui, e hana i ke kekele lae pua, a e lilo i kumu Hawaiʻi e hānai aku i nā hānauna Hawaiʻi e hiki mai ana.
He leo mahalo nui kēia iā ʻoukou e ka poʻe kaʻana mai i ka waihona kālā o ka Makaloa Scholarship UG. Nui koʻu pōmaikaʻi i ko ʻoukou kōkua ʻana mai ma koʻu ala ʻimi naʻauao ma ke kulanui ʻo Hawaiʻi ma Hilo, i Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani. E kōkua ana kēia kālā iaʻu ma ke kūʻai i nā pono hele kula, a e maikaʻi ʻino loa ana kēia makahiki kula aʻe ma muli o kou kōkua ʻana mai. I kēia makahiki kula aʻe, he manaʻolana nui koʻu e koho i kaʻu hana me ke akamai i mea e hoʻohanohano i ke kaiāulu o ka poʻe Hawaiʻi me ke aukahi ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. Ke aloha nui me ka mahalo ʻoi kelakela iā ʻoukou! na Kahuakaʻi Iaea-Russell
Mahalo to the donors of the Makaloa Scholarship! I cannot thank you enough for your generosity and pure care for the future generations and their post-high education. College is very expensive and a huge investment for the future, and I'm so appreciative and glad you were able to provide for my learning. I hope to be a great nurse one day and I thank you for your aloha.
Mahalo donors! I was thrilled to learn of being selected and am deeply appreciative of your support. In July of 2020, I registered for college due to the pandemic. After having worked in the hotel and tourism industry for most of my life and being laid off for over a year, I decided on a career change. I recently landed a part-time dream job with a local plant nursery, which has all been possible with the help of donors like yourself providing stability to my son and I as we navigate the importance of a college education. This year I will transfer to UH to pursue a degree in business and agriculture. Mahalo piha!
Mahalo donors of the Douglas K. K. Chung Memorial and Kamehameha Schools Association of Kauaʻi Scholarships. I am very grateful to be gifted with these funds that will help me towards my goals in life. I hope to stay on top of my schoolwork this year while also being employed so I can get some real-life experience. I want to be a firefighter. Thank you again.
Mahalo! By receiving these awards, I will be able to attend Stanford University where I will develop into a well-established marine scientist capable of working directly with the Native Hawaiian community. Through this program, I aim to help bridge the gap between western science and indigenous knowledge by working with native communities to preserve Hawaiian coral reefs. Specifically, I will teach my community about novel scientific methodologies, whilst teaching my western associates the importance of indigenous knowledge and values. With your gift, I will greatly represent and uplift the next generation of kanaka scientists. Mahalo nui loa!
Mahalo to the donors of the Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship. Selecting me for this scholarship will make it easier for me to focus on college and lessen the sacrifices my parents will make on my behalf. I intend to major in psychology and minor in criminal justice, before applying to law school. I intend to work towards becoming a juvenile justice lawyer to advocate for youth and justice in government. Your contributions have brought me one step closer to achieving my dreams. Mahalo.
I would like to thank the donors of the Frank & Ruth Midkiff, KSHPTO, and Kekunaʻaiʻaliʻi Scholarships. Your gift means that I can attend my first choice of colleges, which will set me up for success. I am grateful to be able to live and learn at Oregon State University, where I feel welcomed and am excited about the opportunities and new experiences. Your gift also sends me a message of encouragement that I can accomplish my goals. I am interested in finance and financial literacy. I hope to use what I learn in my business degree program to help others meet their goals. Mahalo!
I would like to say a huge mahalo to the donors for this scholarship. I can now look forward to my senior year without having to worry about finances and finish off strong! I plan to be a successful project manager in Hawaiʻi within the construction industry. There are many specialties this field has such as plastering, architecture, carpentry etc. However, to be successful, they must all ensure their projects are meeting their goals and deadlines. This is where my career as a project manager comes in. As a current business management major with a track in innovation and change, I look forward to starting my future career. Mahalo!
I would like to give a big mahalo to the Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i Parent Teacher Organization Scholarship for their contribution. My family will have to pay for my schooling for this first year, so the scholarship that was awarded will help to take some of that weight off their shoulders. I hope to get my bachelor's degree in business. After that, I either hope to get my master's or go into law school in order to serve my community. Mahalo a nui loa.
Mahalo nui to the donors of the David A. Mortensen KS ’71 D.A.M Scholarship. I am so blessed to have been awarded this scholarship which will help with the costs as I continue my education in Public and Emergency Health / Sports Medicine. This means so much to my ʻohana and me because I will be a first-generation college student. I plan to take advantage of everything the university has to offer, become an EMT and eventually work my way up to becoming an air evac or go into sports medicine. I hope to obtain the knowledge and skills to not only advance myself but also to help the community.
Mahalo donors to the Pauahi Scholars scholarships. I am very grateful for this award and am very thankful for your generosity. This means so much to my family and me. I hope to take this and use it to the best of my ability towards my future. I am planning on taking my academic and athletic talents to new heights at Long Island University studying sports management. After college, I want to pursue a career in coaching and/or play volleyball professionally. Mahalo!
I am incredibly thankful for your generosity because this means that someone is willing to help not only me but many other students to get a college education, taking at least a little bit of weight off our shoulders. This year, I hope to graduate high school and transition to college. I plan to work toward getting a degree in biology, after which I hope to be able to go to medical school and am leaning toward being a radiologist or anesthesiologist. Again, I just want to say mahalo!
Mahalo! I am very thankful for this opportunity and plan to put your generosity towards my education and future professional development in natural resource management of our Hawaiʻi ecosystems. As school and living costs are becoming more expensive, this gift will greatly help with getting back in the saddle for my graduate degree and help afford necessary materials for my studies. During the academic year of 2223, I am planning on taking graduate courses, as well as forming my thesis question which will relate to planning improved management protocols to protect forests throughout all of Hawaiʻi.
Mahalo nui loa donors of the Kamehameha Schools Association of Kauaʻi Scholarship. It means a great deal for me and will help me pursue my dreams of acquiring more knowledge of the people and world around me. I am very excited about this next journey in my school life. I cannot wait to see what the world outside of Hawaiʻi and my family can offer and be able to bring it back to the islands. I would love to write stories that either relate or trace back to the origins of my ancestors and write a book in Hawaiian that explores more than just the traditional genres of Hawaiian literature.
Kaluhea Fay DudoitScholarship:
Mahalo donors! I cannot put into words what these scholarship awards mean to myself and my ʻohana and I am forever grateful for this amazing opportunity. College and higher education are very important to myself, my family, and my future and I cannot thank you all enough for supporting and helping me to achieve my goals. I am interested in pursuing degrees in both marine science and Hawaiian studies to bridge the gap between science and culture, to hopefully be able to teach science at a Hawaiian immersion school. I mahalo you all for helping me along my journey. Mahalo a nui loa iā ʻoukou pākahi a pau!!
Aloha nui donors for your support. I am a Native Hawaiian lawyer with a deep commitment to serving our community as a long-time beneficiary of Hawaiian-serving organizations. As a military spouse far from home, my chosen path has helped me to nurture my connection to Lāhui Hawaiʻi, increasing my knowledge about legal structures and colonial history to prepare myself for a career in nation-building research and development. Your gift will help purchase software, books and pay for professional writing tutoring, to ensure that my work will be of the highest quality and benefit to the lāhui. I hope one day soon you will be able to have haʻaheo in my writings and accomplishments. Mahalo!
Kamalu Kaawa RichardsonScholarship:
I am very thankful that you’ve picked me. This gift is a great factor in my college education as I want to go back to Pacific University next year but without these scholarships there was a high possibility of transferring as this past year was already tight for my family and me. I hope to get through college with great grades in hopes to make the people who helped me along the way proud. Some plans I have is getting my degree in kinesiology and then using it to get a job back at home on Molokaʻi so that I can give back to my community. Mahalo.
Mahalo donors! My family and I are so thankful for your generosity. This gift will ease the stress of finding money to pay for tuition and supplies while in my first year at UH Mānoa. I hope to achieve excellent grades this year and learn a lot, network, and get a solid foundation in business and start my continuing education journey.
Mahalo donors of the Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship. I am very thankful for this scholarship because it will help me pursue my dream career. It also allows me to be more at ease knowing this will help with the cost of college. I hope to be able to reach my goal this year with the scholarship given. I plan to get my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Grand Canyon University. After I graduate from GCU, I want to attend the University of Hawaiʻi – Hilo to get my masters. I am still undecided but am leaning towards clinical psychology.
Mahalo nui loa. I am so humbled and grateful to be a recipient of the Gladys Kamakakuokalani ʻAinoa Brandt Scholarship. This award will help me in my final leg to accomplish my goal of attaining my doctorate degree in education. It is through your generous support that more Native Hawaiians are able to pursue college in order to elevate the consciousness of our lāhui. My hope is to one day have my own non-profit organization to support the efforts of Hawaiian culture-based education in all schools in Hawaiʻi. Mahalo nui loa iā ʻoukou pākahi me ka haʻahaʻa loa.
Mahalo donors! As a past recipient, I reflect on the fact that you decided to invest once again in me, and for that, I am truly grateful. Your generosity will help offset the costs of my education. Working towards a master’s degree has provided insight into a depth of knowledge that I otherwise never could have imagined. Because of that, I am interested in pursuing a Ph.D. Ultimately, the goal has always been the same: to return to Hawaiʻi to work as a law enforcement agent. Community involvement has always been central to who I am, and I genuinely am looking forward to being able to give back. Mahalo again!
Mahalo donors! I am so thankful for the financial support that you have given me. Your generosity has aided my financial situation in striving for higher education. This gift will allow me to focus on my studies and future aspirations, instead of worrying about the exorbitant cost of college. I aspire to pursue a career in the science field, which will most likely be engineering or computer programming. I look forward to accumulating as much knowledge as I possibly can in order give back to the community in Hawaiʻi and improve the quality of life here with a growth mindset and community conscience.
Kapri Tulang-De SilvaScholarship:
Mahalo donors! I am so thankful for your generosity. Attending a prestigious university and attaining an advanced degree are aspirations I hold dear to my heart but place financial stress on my family. This award will significantly help to ease that burden. Because of you, I can attain the knowledge and pursue degrees needed to help me give back to communities in Hawaiʻi. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I plan to further my teaching and leadership skills by pursuing a master’s degree in education and a law degree. Ultimately, I would like to pursue a legal career most beneficial to improving education for Hawaiʻi’s youth through reform. Mahalo nui loa for believing in me!
Mahalo to the generous donors of the USS Kamehameha Scholarship! I am deeply appreciative to have been selected for this special award. With this financial assistance, I am given the opportunity to pursue my studies at Saint Martin's University. I hope to become the best version of myself while learning and growing towards becoming a registered nurse, be the change I want to see in the world and care for others as if they were my own family. I hope to make my family, teachers, and community proud!
Mahalo donors of the Makaloa Scholarsip (UG). I’m very thankful for your generosity. This scholarship will reduce the cost for my parents. It’s a blessing knowing my sister will also be attending college in 2022/2023. I’m set to graduate this next year, and I plan to further my education in an electrical apprentice program to get a journeyman license. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors of the Gladys Kamakakuokalani 'Ainoa Brandt Scholarship. I am so grateful to have your support during my final year of college. I will be the first in my family to graduate college and cant wait to reach more of my long term goals. Your scholarship is assisting me in affording college while student teaching full time to complete my licensure program! I hope to achieve another year of growth and health ! Mahalo nui loa again!I overall goal with my degree is to return home to Waimea on the Big Island and teach in the same public school that I have attended. Growing up I was always reminded that it is okay to leave home for school as long as you return to Hawaii and give back to your community. Teaching and education the next generations will be my kuleana and return to my community.
Mahalo donors! I am humbly honored that I have been selected. This scholarship will help me to obtain my M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling. The financial burden has lessened and I'm grateful for that. This year I hope to focus more on my studies and gaining more experience. I look forward to the day that I get to be a therapist, educate others about the benefits of therapy, and help families change their lives not only for themselves but the generations to come. Thank you again for the support!
I am writing to express my deepest mahalo. This is a huge blessing and an achievement that I am truly proud of, which will provide me some support and help my ‘ohana greatly as I continue my academic endeavors. I wish to pursue a degree in criminal justice and be on the pre-law track. My hopes are to return home to become a lawyer and advocate for the Hawaiian people. I realize that as a lāhui we are faced with pressing and prominent issues frequently and I truly want to make a difference. Mahalo again for your generosity and support. It is truly an honor.
Mahalo donors of the Kunuiakea Scholarship, I am grateful for your scholarship support, especially during these difficult times. This scholarship has helped to lighten the load of the financial burden that comes with pursuing a nursing degree. My ultimate goal is to graduate with my bachelor's in nursing from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. I look forward to serving in my community and one day giving back to nursing students as you have done for me. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors of the Keaholoa Investment and Finance Scholarship! I appreciate your generosity and contribution to my academic career. Your award has helped me immensely with college tuition. I have taken AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Statistics, as well as the Economics of Personal Finance in high school, and I am looking forward to a deeper exploration of these topics. By attending a school like Menlo College, which primarily focuses on business, I hope to attain a successful career in finance. It is an honor to receive this scholarship, and I will work hard to ensure it is put to good use. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity!
Mahalo donors! I am incredibly grateful that you have selected me to be a recipient of this scholarship. The burden of paying for school is always worrisome and with this generous scholarship I can go through school knowing that there are people supporting my educational journey. This scholarship will help with buying items that would be needed for this upcoming academic year like software for digital rendering and materials like chipboard or cardboard for physical models. This year I hope to keep working towards building a portfolio so I can apply to an internship over the summer. Mahalo!
Aloha Kamehameha Schools Class of 1960, I am very grateful for your generosity in allowing me to be a recipient of your scholarship. It means a lot to receive financial support along my journey to higher education. After graduation I plan to use the skills I learn through the Indigenous Peoples Law master program to support my community. I hope that one day I will be in a position to financially support youth just as you have with me. Thank you for the opportunity to be a recipient of this scholarship. Ua nui koʻu mahalo iā ʻoukou.
Mahalo donors of the Pauahi Scholars, Mary Atherton Richards, Kamehameha Schools Maui PTSO, and the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1970 Scholarships. My ʻohana and I are truly grateful for the support given to me as I begin this next journey of my life. With losing my dad at such a young age, it meant that the financial responsibility was left to my mom who has two children to support in college. These awards have inspired me and given me the strength and courage to be able to achieve my goal of becoming a nurse one day. It truly wouldn’t be possible without you. I am so grateful for this opportunity. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors! I’ve been dreaming of the day I go off to college since my 6th grade college prep program, and because of you, it’s coming true! Never in a million years did I think I’d be fortunate enough or of the caliber to attend an Ivy League school! I cannot express how grateful my ʻohana and I are for your benevolence. With this I will be able to purchase my textbooks and other academic needs for the fall. I hope to major in political science, join political unions, indigenous programs, and the Cornell Daily Sun, the student-led publication. I am beyond excited as I take my first steps to becoming a future lawyer. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors as you have shared your generosity with my family and me. As I am about to begin my educational journey on the continent, your kindness and kōkua helps relieve worry about the finances. I am majoring in human development and family sciences, after which I plan on becoming an educator to give back to our lāhui, and you are one of the firsts that are helping me do so. I am so honored to be gifted this scholarship. From the bottom of my heart, mahalo nui.
Mahalo e donors of the KSHPTO Scholarship, for supporting my life-long passion. This scholarship means so much to my family and me. My parents have always encouraged me to further my education and to always learn new things. I have such a passion for learning, with your scholarship I will be able to cover my academic fees and continue to pursue art and attain the skills that will better my future as an artist. I plan to major in art design at Hawaiʻi Community College, and possibly further my education at an art institute. Mahalo!
Mahalo nui loa donors! Thanks to you, I am able to attend Amherst College in Massachusetts to further my education. With your support, I can learn the skills needed to help protect our lāhui and the injustices we face. The environment is crucial to Hawaiians and with the education you have helped me receive, I can help protect it. I plan on studying environmental science or a similar major, and hope to become an environmental lawyer or work at the Department of Land and Natural Resources or Department of the Interior on a federal level.
To the donors of the Makaloa scholarship, I extend my heartfelt gratitude for your support from my ʻohana and me. As a first-generation college student, pursuing a doctoral degree seemed impossible, but with supporters like you that changed. I hope to repay this kindness in the future by paying it forward throughout my career by acting as a mentor for keiki with humble beginnings and big dreams. This scholarship will help me cover my costs of living as I pursue my final year of vet school. As a clinical student I will be unable to continue my two student jobs, so this support is a huge breath of relief for me. Mahalo piha!
Mahalo donors of the Makaloa Scholarship-UG for giving me the support that I need to achieve my future dreams. I feel empowered and encouraged to achieve more beyond my years of high school. I plan to earn a college degree within the fields of animal science or horticulture, which I love. Thank you for your generosity.
Mahalo donors of the Pauahi Scholars, KSHPTO, and Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship for your generosity towards my endeavors of gaining a higher education. The support you share is truly appreciated as I move towards this next chapter of my life. I hope to use these scholarships to pursue a degree and career in the environmental sciences and journalism. I do this with the intent of giving back to my community in the coming future.
Kekailani Wong YuenScholarship:
Mahalo donors! Thanks to your wonderful generosity, I will use this scholarship to obtain my law degree at the William S. Richardson School of Law. I am inspired by the kamaʻāina who have come home to attend law school to create a difference in the Hawaiʻi community. I hope to help build opportunities for disadvantaged communities and inspire young women of color. I grew up in Hilo, and I’ve had the strongest support system consisting of family members, friends, and mentors. I’m so grateful I can add you donors to the list as well. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Association of Teachers and Parents "Hō'ihi Aku, Hō'ihi Mai" Scholarship. This scholarship is beyond appreciated and will allow me to reach my childhood dream of becoming a pilot. This scholarship takes the weight off my shoulders and gives me the reassurance that if I can dream it, I have the potential to make it a reality. So, from the bottom of my heart, mahalo.
I would like to give a special mahalo to the donors of the Charles P.M.K Burrows Hui Lama Science Award. My family and I are immensely grateful for this scholarship, which represents a tremendous amount of support for my future in a scientific career. I am honored to have been selected. As I move forward through my educational journey at Cal Poly Humboldt, I aspire to continue in some field related to the study and conservation of bird populations. Birds and ornithology have been at the center of my life, and I truly look forward to entering a professional field in which I can study what I love most. Mahalo!
I wish to extend a heartfelt mahalo to the donors for the generous aid they are providing for me. Education is incredibly important to my family and me and this scholarship will greatly relieve us of financial stress. I am so grateful. I plan to get my BFA in graphic design, then start freelance graphic design work in order to build a professional portfolio. When I have enough client work and professional experience, I want to join an established design firm with the ultimate goal of starting my own design firm or act as an art director for projects that I am passionate about. Mahalo!
Thank you Kamehameha Schools Class of 1960 Scholarship donors! I can’t express how grateful I am to you for believing in me. This means so much to my family and me. Knowing that people are there supporting my education and career dreams makes the motivation of achieving them grow. Architecture school has brought a new approach to the way I look at the world and how impactful architecture can be to a community's growth and prosperity. With my degree, I hope to design buildings that positively contribute to a thriving lāhui. Mahalo, I appreciate this so much!
To the donors, mahalo for your generosity and consideration of my future as well as that of many others. The funds you have given me will be put towards my tuition. This year, I want to focus on adjusting to college life and establishing a good routine and habits that will ensure my success in the coming months. I hope to earn a degree in biology, attend medical school and come back to serve Hawaiʻi as a physician. This community has done so much to get me here, it is only right that I pay it forward.
Mahalo nui loa for your great generosity. This means the world to me and my ʻohana because it is one of the few scholarships that we received so we couldn’t be happier. It will assist in creating representation for the Hawaiian community and allow me to share my ideas on a larger scale. I plan to learn and develop my skills so that I can enter in the animation industry and produce work that allows me to showcase my imagination. Along with that, I hope to use animation to shed light on Hawaiian issues and show more representation for Hawaiians in media. Mahalo again for this gift.
Mahalo donors for giving me this opportunity to continue and focus on school. I will be able to use it not just for classes but for the supplies necessary for my environmental designs major. After graduating, I plan on becoming a licensed architect and working towards creating sustainable, affordable housing that locals and Native Hawaiians can benefit from. Living here in Hawaiʻi is not cheap, our houses are getting older and land is too expensive, putting our people in not the best of living situations. My goal is to give back and take care of those who took care of me and help those who need it. I am beyond grateful.
Mahalo nui loa donors of the Charles S. Iwata, Jr. Memorial Annual Scholarship, donors of the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1996 Scholarship and the Makuakāne Inspirational Educator Scholarship. I am incredibly thankful for your kind and generous donation that will go toward helping fund my tuition for this coming school year. This will help alleviate the out-of-pocket cost that I normally pay every semester. I hope to finish school within this next year and get started on my journey of creating a Kula Kamaliʻi ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in my moku of Koʻolauloa. Mahalo piha again for helping me on this journey.
Mahalo Nui to The Hawai'i Island New Knowledge Fund THINK! Your investment in my education is greatly appreciated. I intend to make you proud that you chose me and I promise to not only complete my post high school education, but will return to Hawaii Island and serve my community in the hopes that I may pay it forward.
Mahalo donors of the Theodore Vierra Scholarship! I am very thankful for your generous scholarship. This means a lot to my ‘ohana and me financially because this made paying for college a little bit easier. I hope to achieve more experience in my architecture major and get a better understanding of the dos and don’ts in my major. My plans for my post-secondary education are to get my master's degree in architecture, before going into the workforce. Mahalo again for picking me, I really appreciate it!
Thank you so much donors, your overwhelming kindness have truly impacted my family and me. This generous scholarship will allow me to continue my education with substantially less financial stress, allowing me to devote more of my time towards my education. Being an out-of-state student so far from home would have been so much more difficult without this and has opened so many doors for me. I hope to attend the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to achieve my dreams of becoming an aerospace engineer hopefully constructing more fuel-efficient planes and spacecraft using new technology. I sincerely appreciate your immense generosity.
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Association of Maui Scholarship, Kamehameha Schools Class of 1961 Scholarship, and Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship. I am truly grateful and humbled by your awards given to further my education. It will be a tremendous help financially and your generosity will go a long way as I begin my journey at Pepperdine University. I plan to study hard and learn as much as I can while in college as this will lead to a prosperous career that will allow me to give back one day. Mahalo nui loa again for your generosity.
Mahalo donors of the Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship. With this scholarship I will be able continue my education and pursue my dreams of working in a museum while teaching others about the rich history that we have. This means so much to my family and me because I will become the first member of my family to go to college. While in college I hope to get an internship at a museum or in other areas that will help me understand my field of study and prepare myself to achieve my goals. Thank you so much again, and with your help I will be able to achieve my goals of getting a degree and also making my family proud.
Mahalo to the donors from the Dr. Pauline Frederick Scholarship and the Francelia Stillwell Sportsmanship Scholarship! Your generosity means so much to my ʻohana and me as I begin this last stretch into the journey to adulthood!! I aspire to obtain my bachelor’s degree in business in the hopes of becoming a successful project manager.
Mahalo donors, I am extremely honored to be a recipient of this scholarship, which will go directly towards my tuition and gives me the confidence needed to succeed in such a rigorous program. I successfully completed my third year ranked 12/120 students while continuing to take advantage of extracurricular opportunities such as an internship in France, that have shaped me into a well-rounded future veterinarian and leader for our Hawaiʻi community. As I will be on the road traveling for my clinical year, I hope to achieve a vast knowledge base from across the country so that I can return home as the best veterinarian possible. I greatly appreciate your support!
I would like to extend my deepest appreciation. I’ll be able to pursue my dreams of giving back to our community without having to worry about the burden of financial expenses. I plan on taking advantage of UH Mānoa's BA/MA program and I already earned college credits in order to obtain my master's in under four years while also minoring in Hawaiian language and being in the honors program. I plan on attending law school and practicing here in Hawai'i. This gift will always resound in every action I take toward my goals, and I cannot state how much it means to my ʻohana and me - mahalo nui.
Mahalo no hoʻi to those behind the Aliʻi Chang scholarship! I could not continue my education and work in a field underrepresented by wahine and as a kanaka without your support. I am very grateful for your generosity and am thoroughly excited to use these funds to further my future research. Know that your contributions have direct ties to efforts towards revitalizing populations of threatened and endangered native species. Again, mahalo nui loa to all involved and I hope to continue to make a positive contribution to our community.
Mahalo donors of the Desha-Mulholland Scholarship. Thank you for your generosity and for supporting my goals in the field of psychology or sociology this academic year. This means a lot to my family and me because this has helped contribute to my tuition this next school year. I'm looking forward to using my future degree, along with my life experiences, to help others and provide support in my local community.
Mahalo Nui Loa for your generous scholarship towards my education and for helping make my dreams come true. You have not only given me a generous gift, but you have also given me the ambition to help better my future and achieve my desire to become a teacher. I promise to do my very best and will never forget those who have helped me along the way. Having your scholarship will allow me to work towards my degree and give me the opportunity to teach and make a difference in the Keiki of Hawaii. Mahalo Nui Loa, Lacey AlvarezAs a future teacher of Hawaii, I look forward to being to teaching and having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children. I'm aware I have the power to inspire, heal, comfort, and build a child’s character. My personal philosophy is “Those around you, are a reflection of one’s self”. When entering my classroom my students will feel comfortable, safe, secure, excited, and important. They will be eager to learn and be excited to see what the day has in store. As a teacher, I would be sure to give my students my whole focus. I would be prepared for my day and have a positive mindset. I’d build healthy relationships with my students and gain their trust and respect. I’d be able to capture their attention and keep them engaged. I believe in the quote “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron”. – Horace Mann, I love this quote because I feel you can’t be heard if they aren’t interested. They won’t learn if they aren’t listening and you can’t teach if they aren’t inspired. I’d want my students to enjoy learning, feel inspired and stay engaged. I plan to make learning fun, exciting, and interesting. I would include visuals, hands-on activities, arts and crafts, songs, books, and even short video documentaries to teach different lesson plans. I would use different learning strategies to help them learn and develop the skills they need to accomplish student-led goals. Every day would be a different activity and something new to keep students engaged and interested. As a teacher and a leader, I plan to provide both guidance and inspiration for my students. I want to help them learn, develop, understand and accomplish goals of their own and help them prepare for their future. In my classroom, we would follow weekly curriculums and daily schedules. I would set a routine for my students to help them develop time management and the ability to stay focused and on task. Having a routine will also help with classroom jobs and responsibilities. For example, If I gave my class Student Jobs, the jobs would consist of a morning fish feeder, table cleaner, bell ringer, and calendar helper. This routine would provide the students with tasks to stay focused on and job responsibility. It would also give the students the idea of a scheduled routine and what to expect during the day. Having my own classroom would give me the opportunity to provide students with a safe, structured, clean, nurturing, and sufficient learning environment. As a teacher, I would acknowledge what my students say or do, and encourage their persistence and efforts. I would give them specific feedback on their questions and actions. I would model a positive attitude and provide demonstrations. I would create or add challenges when appropriate and ask questions. I would give my assistance or direction when needed, and provide my students with appropriate information or feedback. For example, when my student raises their hand or approaches me with a question, concern, or comment, I would give them my direct attention using eye contact and active listening. Then I would respond by answering and acknowledging my students’ questions, comments, or concerns to the best of my ability. I would encourage my students to ask questions, get involved, and participate in lessons or discussions. I would present lesson plans to inspire and motivate my students to learn and want to participate. I would get students to engage by asking them questions based on the information I presented or things we wanted to learn about or discover. These are some of the strategies I would use on a daily basis in my classroom. I will stress the quote “There is no elevator to success. You all have to take the stairs.” I want my students to know, that nothing comes easy and we all will have to work for it. If they have questions or don’t understand something, don’t hesitate or take the easy way out. Ask me, and I will help you or show you. We will all learn together. We may not all learn at the same pace, or in the same way, but we are all capable of learning. I love the quote “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination”—Jimmy Dean When conflict or misbehavior occurs, as a Teacher I will do my best to deal with the situation calmly and mindfully. I will be sure to address the situation and support my students in resolving conflicts. I also feel good values must be taught in order to help children develop good character and make good decisions. I look forward to having a classroom of my own one day and becoming an inspiration and positive role model for children to look up to. I plan to share my wisdom and open my heart to young individuals who need guidance and inspiration. Those are my plans for the future, and the teacher I plan to be. Sincerely, Lacey Alvarez
Mahalo to everyone who has contributed to this scholarship. As a first-generation, low-income, and formerly houseless student, this award helps tremendously and allows me to pursue an education that the rest of my family has only dreamed of. I hope to start working on a 501c(3) nonprofit program that serves as a dropout prevention program for homeless and displaced youth and to begin working with other educational agencies such as the Department of Education and other community organizations. We will forever be indebted to kind donors such as you who have made this all possible. Mahalo nunui!
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1975 scholarship, I am thankful for your generosity as this will help me achieve my educational goals of becoming a dental hygienist. I can’t thank you enough for this gift, I will be applying it towards tuition and I hope to achieve a successful start to my next journey.
Mahalo donors of the Mary Atherton Richards Scholarships. I am thankful for your generosity which will prove to be very beneficial in my future endeavors. This gift will allow me to pursue a strong and stable education to one day give back to my community like it has done for me. This year I hope to start my life of independence and gain valuable skills through my experiences at Seattle University. Mahalo again for your contribution towards my college education.
Mahalo donors! This means so much to me because my family has been struggling financially and with personal issues. This will be going towards my tuition and contribute to my education. I will be a part of the ROTC and need the skills and knowledge to do the job correctly. To be able to study at a university that is one of best will help me on my educational journey. At the end of the year, I hope to reach the best of my abilities and perform my tasks proficiently. I hope to find a way to give back to the foundation.
Mahalo donors of the KGMB/KHON Video Production and William K. and Julia T. Kapololu Scholarships! These monies will allow me to attend a university with an incredible communications program and be able to compete for internships in Chicago with its large media market, which will help me in my career. I aspire to be a producer for ESPN, possibly making 30 for 30 documentaries. This also enables me to continue to play football and represent our school to the whole nation. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors of Makaloa Scholarship for your generosity. I will use this opportunity to the best of my ability by getting my business degree and pre-law certificate while playing softball for the Vulcans. I can’t wait to use the new skills I acquire to help my community by creating affordable housing, following in my mother’s footsteps into the real estate field and becoming a real estate attorney. Mahalo again for your gift! My ʻohana and I are greatly appreciative!
Mahalo nui loa! I am truly grateful. I take college very seriously and without this, I would be struggling, and wouldn’t be able to be in school right now and be a good role model to my four children. My plan is to open a holistic health clinic with free health services for the needy, homeless, and low-income individuals. I also want to have an organic farm that grows the herbs I need for my practice and involve the community. This will also have a daycare center and youth outreach program to teach about farming, holistic health, and careers in the health or STEM field.
mahalo nui iā ʻoe no kēia manawa kūpono a makemake wau e ʻike ʻoe i ka nui o kēia mau haʻawina e kōkua nui iaʻu e hele i ke kula i mea e puka ai me koʻu kēkelē kulanui. ʻAʻole hiki iaʻu ke hoʻomaikaʻi hou aku i nā mea kākoʻo e like me ʻoukou e hoʻokō nei i kaʻu moemoeā e loaʻa i koʻu kēkelē ma ke kulanui. He 4 ka'u mau keiki e pono ia'u ke kokua i ke ola a kokua mai kekahi mea ia'u a me ka'u mau keiki e ola.
I cannot express how grateful I am by being a recipient of your scholarship. I really thought school was far out of reach, but I dared to dream and act upon what would make my life more fulfilled. To further my education is something I really want to do for myself and for my family and this scholarship has gotten me a step closer in the right direction. I get to further my knowledge in the education field and to be a role model to my son and my family. Again, mahalo for impacting my life in a way I will be forever grateful for.
Mahalo donors of Kamehameha Schools Association of Maui Scholarship and Kamehameha Schools Maui Parent Teacher Student Organization ʻAʻapueo Scholarship. I am so thankful for your generosity which will help me successfully finish my college career in environmental science at the University of Denver. I am passionate about protecting natural resources and look forward to returning to Hawaiʻi. With your support, I am one step closer to achieving my goals and I can’t thank you enough.
I am deeply humbled to be awarded this scholarship. I would like to acknowledge the invaluable role donors like you play in nurturing the educational development of keiki. This will alleviate some of the burden of attending graduate school, allowing me to focus on my intellectual aspirations. I look forward to applying myself to maintain a high level of academic distinction and sharpening my research and analytical skills to find a legal specialization that I enjoy. I hope to mentor the youth of Hawaiʻi and demonstrate how honoring our values can propel our educational and career pursuits. I consider your support to be a critical source of strength and encouragement. Mahalo!
Aloha! I want to express my gratitude to the donors of the Edwin P. Murray Scholarship as well as the Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi ʻo Kamehameha Scholarship. Your generosity means the world to me and I will utilize these gifts as efficiently as possible. With this money, I will be able to finance my educational journey. I plan to study business so that as the tourism industry grows, I will be able to apply on the mainland where I will expand my physical, social, and academic horizons thanks to you. Mahalo nui loa!!!
Mahalo nui loa to the donors of the George Hiʻilani Mills scholarship. I have always dreamed of serving my lāhui as a medical provider. Your generous gift is helping to relieve an incredible about of stress I have had. I am grateful and honored to be a recipient of your highly coveted scholarship. I vow to give my patients my all and to strive to be the provider I would want my own family to see.
Mahalo donors, having your financial support is a blessing I do not take for granted. Given how expensive education currently is, I am eternally grateful that you see potential in me, and that you believe in me to perpetuate the legacy of Pauahi and be a steward of the Hawaiian community through the arts. This gift will go towards my higher education in filmmaking, where I will learn the necessary skills and connections to share accurate, engaging stories of Hawaiʻi and the many powerful Hawaiian people that transformed our past, and present, and future. Mahalo nui loa for your generosity!
Mahalo nui for helping my ʻohana and me by giving me the Pauahi Scholars award. I will strive to give back to my lāhui by becoming an encouraging, caring and loving kumu like the ones that I’ve had here at Kamehameha Schools ʻAʻapueo. I plan to come back and teach at Kamehameha Schools or another school.
Mahalo donors of the Pauahi Scholarship. My family and I are grateful for your contribution since it is challenging to pay for my sisterʻs expensive tuition while having to pay for mine now that I will be attending college. With the needed financial assistance that will allow me to enroll in OSU in the fall, I plan to strive to my best potential in the field of English and hopefully be exposed to many different career paths and opportunities with the help of my professors and peers. Mahalo!
Mahalo nui loa to all of the Pauahi Foundation donors and for the opportunities that you provide for Na Pua o Pauahi. I am extremely grateful for your generosity and would not be able to succeed the way that I have without your support. In starting my junior year of college, I feel like I am on the right track and your support has made it easier for me to focus on my education instead of being stressed about working to pay for college. I have found passions in preventative medicine and developmental psychology to eventually have a career in healthcare or social work to strengthen underprivileged communities.
Aloha donors, a big mahalo for these awards which will help relieve a large part of the financial strain by covering tuition and fees. Family is everything to me and the last thing I would like to do is add more stress to my parents. This year, I will be a junior in mechanical engineering. I plan to be more involved with engineering events that the university provides such as career fairs, seminars, and internships. From there, I plan to look for a mechanical engineering position involving heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in Hawaiʻi. Your generosity supports a path I will take to a brighter and better future.
Mahalo to the donors of the Kamehameha Schools Association of Kauaʻi Scholarship for offering their award to me. My ʻohana and I are thankful for the financial help we have received. This year I hope to make the most of my experience going into my first year of college, for both school and soccer. My intention for the future is to be able to give back to my community by pursuing a career in the medical field. My academic plan looking forward is to continue my studies in medical imaging, either in radiological science or vascular technology. Again, mahalo nui loa no kēia makana.
Mahalo donors! I am eternally grateful for your generosity, and I believe the impact that it will have on relieving my financial situation will be tremendous. Not only will these scholarships go towards paying down my cost of attendance, I will no longer have to work during my freshman year. I will have more time to focus on school and explore various extra-curricular activities, clubs and get more involved with my college community. Truly, your generous gift will not only help me to afford to go to the college of my dreams, but it will also enable me to thrive once I get there. Mahalo nui loa.
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Parent Teacher Organization Scholarship . I just want to thank you as this helps me in a myriad of ways towards my future and aspirations. Electrical engineering and entrepreneurship have always intrigued me and that's why I want to pursue a double major. Electrical engineering attracts me because I want to help invent an energy-saving product. Entrepreneurship intrigues me because I have a strong passion for making investments. My hope is to combine both of my passions and open my own electrical engineering company - one that embodies the wisdom of my Hawaiian ancestors and leverages modern technological innovations in engineering and business.
Mahalo nui donors for this opportunity to receive this scholarship and further my education and career in part, in your honor. This means a lot to my ʻohana and me. I intend to dedicate my work towards closing the gaps of health disparities of Native Hawaiians to produce positive change within the healthcare system. To do this, I am seeking to further my education and achieve the highest level of a nursing degree, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).With a DNP and nurse practitioner licensure, I will have the autonomy to serve as health coach and educator for my patients within the native Hawaiian community and beyond.
Mahalo donors of Frank & Ruth Midkiff Scholarship. I truly appreciate the funds given as I am getting closer and closer to achieving my goals! It means so much to my family as finances for college can be really tight. I hope to make my ohana, Pauahi and you proud by excelling in school and beyond. I am so grateful for this opportunity. Mahalo nui loa!I hope to travel abroad and study international business and relations. One of my goals is to network with various people and companies and land an internship. I hope to be confident in my career choice by doing a cultivating internship my senior year of college.
Aloha donors of the David Kauweloa & E. Darlene Kaupu Scholarship! Mahalo for your kindness! My family and I have been trying our best to pay for this degree without student loans and you have made a big impact in achieving that goal. I hope to continue my education for a few more years until I get my bachelor’s and master’s. This year specifically I plan to dive deeper into physical therapy for the body and how to assess a patient’s diagnosis and recovery plan. Once again, mahalo! I will keep you in my prayers as you support the keiki of Hawaiʻi and live with and spread aloha.
Mahalo nui loa! There will never be adequate words to describe what it means to me to be able to pursue art as a career, and I am infinitely grateful to you for being a part of what allows me that privilege. As we all know, college--especially private art schools – are costly, and my family is immensely grateful for the help with that cost. With this money, I will be able to devote my entire focus to making the most of a fantastic education from SCAD. I hope to build the foundations of an excellent college career this year. Again – mahalo nui loa.
Mahalo donors of the Makaloa Scholarship UG, for the opportunity to further my education and my goal to become a radiologist. There are no words to describe how grateful I am to be considered for aid. This gift will provide me the opportunity to pay for school expenses like books and various other fees on my educational journey this year. I hope to complete another year worth of classes and be a step closer to getting into the radiology program. Mahalo nui loa!!!
Mahalo donors! I would like to thank you for your generosity. Receiving this scholarship will help my family be able to afford my college. As an aspiring optometrist, I am looking forward to gaining the knowledge needed to achieve my career goals. One thing I am looking forward to is being able to help my community with eye care after graduating from college and being able to aid my health sciences field by improving the number of resources available to our community. I would like to thank you again for this opportunity and I will be forever grateful!
Words cannot express my gratitude upon receiving these scholarships. It is an incredible feeling to see your dreams slowly come to fruition. Having the ability to go to school with less stress is truly a blessing. I especially appreciate that my mom doesn’t need to worry as much about me paying for school. This will allow me to focus more on my education. I will also be able to continue working on my digital media business. It is opportunities like this that bring me life and fuel the fire within me. I feel hopeful for my future, and ready for my time. Mahalo nui loa.
This is an investment that wasn’t a mistake. I will make those who back my plan proud of the person they supported. I plan on going to post-secondary education to become an attorney. Thank you for everything, this means the world to me.
Malachai Ah YoScholarship:
Mahalo donors of the Johansen ʻOhana Scholarship. I am truly grateful for your generosity as your gift will help to take some of the financial burden off my ʻohana's shoulders. This year, I hope to get settled in Dartmouth, make new friends and connections, and explore my interests by taking challenging and intellectually stimulating classes. While I do plan to major in economics and finance, I am open to pursuing other majors and hope to learn more about each field this year. After graduating, I plan to become a doctor, specializing in anesthesiology. Mahalo nui loa for your gift.
Mahalo nui loa for these scholarships! I am truly grateful for your faith in me. I also have siblings that my parents have to focus on and because of your generosity, I will be able to take that burden off their shoulders as well as mine! I would like to open up a recording studio and further my knowledge in Hawaiian music and language to be able to write in ‘ōelo. I hope to have more experiences in the music industry playing with more artists that I look up to and your gift will help to create these new connections while being able to do what I love to do.
Mahalo nui loa donors for continuing to invest in Hawaiʻi’s youth and our future. This scholarship means my ʻohana will have less to worry about. The money you invested will go towards my tuition and ultimately for the knowledge that will carry me throughout the rest of my life. This year, I hope to have my tuition fully covered and share with others how the Pauahi Foundation has been key in my journey throughout college thus far. I am extremely excited to become a licensed chiropractor and bring affordable medical services to keiki and kūpuna. Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo no.
It is an honor to receive the Kamehameha class of 1963 Scholarship. I would like to thank you for this opportunity to continue my education. This scholarship will help me reach my goals for this year and the years to come. I am truly grateful for this award to help me gain the ʻike so that I may help those in the future. This means a lot to me and my ʻohana and I mahalo you for this opportunity. Mahalo nui loa!! My goal is to obtain a master's degree and I plan to get a career in a field that revolves around the environment and the ʻāina.
Mahalo donors of the Dan and Rachel Mahi Educational Scholarship! I am humbled and honored to have been a recipient of your generosity. This scholarship will help to support me on my educational pursuit towards entering the field of public policy. Through this academic year, I hope to bolster the foundational skills needed in the field to assist me in preparing for my second year of the program where I will take on a public policy internship in Washington D.C. Mahalo nui for this gift and support.
Mahalo for believing in me. Your generous gift of my first college scholarship definitely begins my education journey well financially. I plan to set myself up for success by taking it one base, one throw, and one hit at a time with my classes and my passion as an athlete in baseball. Mahalo for your gift and for giving me this opportunity to IMUA as a young Hawaiian athlete. I hope to pursue a business degree so that I can have a solid understanding of my future career. I will represent myself, my ʻohana, my school, community, and Pauahi. Mahalo nui!
I want to give a big mahalo for awarding me a scholarship this school year, it means that someone believes in me and my academic journey. You are helping me achieve my goals one step at a time and I am grateful. My family is going through a rough patch, but this gives us hope that I will be able to continue my college career and do what I love. I am excited to say that I will become a secondary school English teacher. I am passionate about the idea of teaching students and helping them in their academic journey. Thank you so much again for this scholarship.
My family and I want to send a big mahalo to all the donors! I am so happy and grateful to have received this gift which will help further my education as I pursue my major in psychology. Your generosity is also helping to lessen the burden on my parents. This year, my goal is to strive for the best, be more independent, and focus on giving back. I’m motivated to embrace the new campus and take advantage of everything it has to offer. I’m also going to try out for the football team to stay active. I can’t wait to start my future. Mahalo again for all your support!
Mahalo donors of the Joseph A. Sowa Scholarship. Thank you so much for your generosity in creating this scholarship to help students like me. This will assist my ʻohana and me financially by easing the burden of educational costs and allow me to attend the University in Hawaiʻi at Manoa. My goal in my freshman year is to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, participate in clubs/organizations, and try out for the football team. I would like to be a Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officer for the State of Hawaiʻi and serve by protecting our land or ocean. Mahalo nui loa for your gift.
Mahalo nui donors of the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1983 Scholarship for your generous contribution to my medical education. On my journey to becoming a physician serving our people, mentoring future Native Hawaiian physicians, and uplifting our culture, I am tremendously grateful for the support I am receiving from Kamehameha, without which this would not be possible. I look forward to returning to Hawaiʻi as a physician-scientist to serve the lāhui by advocating for cultural sensitivity in patient care and biomedical research. Mahalo nui loa for your kōkua in helping to train another good and industrious citizen, ready to serve our community.
Aloha kākou, thank you donors of this scholarship for choosing me as your recipient. I am planning to put this scholarship towards my books for the school year. I am looking forward to pursuing my degree in nursing. I also plan to speak fluently in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi by the time I graduate. I can accomplish this by taking Hawaiian language courses. After four years of college as an undergrad, I hope to pursue a master’s degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am striving to be able to work at a Native Hawaiian health clinic to specialize in working with Native Hawaiian families and kūpuna.
Mahalo donors! I am entering my second year of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and these awards help alleviate my financial burden. I want to become a nurse to provide care with culturally competency. I hope to open a mobile clinic to provide outreach to rural areas, reaching those who normally cannot come into an office – the elderly, domestic violence survivors, homebound, and houseless. I have faced many adversities in life and know what it means when someone reaches out and helps. I am touched and humbled by your generosity. I hope to be able to help another as you have helped me reach my dreams!
Mahalo donors of Kamehameha Schools Class of 1990 Kū Lōkahi Scholarship! I was brought to tears when I got the email that I was awarded a scholarship for this next academic year. My success as a student will not be made possible without individuals like yourself. My ʻohana and I are extremely grateful for your love and grace through this scholarship. In a year, I will be graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and am aspiring to become a general dentist, with plans to come back to Hawaiʻi and serve my community in the town I owe it all to, Waimānalo.
Moani Tiare AtayScholarship:
Mahalo nui loa no ke kākoʻo ʻana mai iaʻuI am extremely grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship as it enables me to continue my education at the post-secondary level. This year, I will be furthering my education by attending Oregon State University to study Environmental Science. With the support you have given me, I am now able to combine the knowledge I will gain in this field with my connection of Hawaiʻi’s voyaging canoes to perpetuate the message of mālama hōnua not only throughout Hawaiʻi but around the world. Mahalo piha iā ʻoukou!
Thank you so much donors! I am so grateful to have received financial support from you as I pursue higher education. I plan to major in either chemical engineering or biochemistry. This year during my internship at UH Hilo I tested the effect of Native Hawaiian ʻolena extract on the growth of cancer cells, which helped me to not only gain hands-on research experience, but to also select prospective majors for college. I chose to attend Stanford as they have many research opportunities that will support me in my growth as a student and as a scientist. Thank you once again for your support as I continue my educational journey.
Nalehua’O Puna DonlinScholarship:
Mahalo nui. This past year has been difficult as my mom suffered a massive stroke and I became her caregiver. It is because of this that there would be no way I could continue my education, which is why I will be forever grateful for you and your generosity. This coming year I will be starting my practicum and internships for my degree. It is because of what I have learned in college as well as taking care of my mom that I want to continue my schooling and go for my PhD in psychology focusing on cognitive disabilities.
Mahalo nui loa to the donors of the Pauahi Scholars Scholarship! I am very grateful for this gift as this will help me along my college journey toward higher education and learning. This gift will help me and my family financially as I attend my dream school to pursue a degree in the area of my utmost interest, sports. I hope to find a career working with either recreational or professional sports or with a big corporation affiliated with the sports industry.
Nanea Ah YouScholarship:
It is a great honor to be a recipient of the Pauahi Scholars. Your generosity will assist in the pursuit of my future plans in college and beyond. I firmly believe that this will push me further in my aspirations to perpetuate the knowledge of my kūpuna and allow me to put more significance towards my life-long allegiance to ka pae ʻāina o Hawaiʻi. I can never express my appreciation enough through words, but I will show it through giving back to my ‘āina and my people with my love of cinematography.
Aloha, I am truly humbled and appreciative for selecting me as the recipient of your scholarships this year. Your generous gifts will assist in lessening the burden of my college costs and allow me to achieve my goal of getting my PhD. in Indigenous Public Health. My next step is to come home and work to elevate the health of Native Hawaiians and underserviced communities. This program is the only one of its kind in the entire US, and gives me the chance to learn from indigenous leaders and expand my knowledge about public health issues and problems.
Mahalo nui loa! I am honored to be a recipient of your support and scholarship which will help me to afford attending college at Hawaiʻi Pacific University. I hope to learn new things about both the business field and the game of baseball at the collegiate level. This scholarship will help my family to afford college, as both of my parents instilled in me the importance of education and being a life-long learner. I look forward to my new surroundings and meeting new people in college.
Mahalo donors! There are no words that come close to the amount of gratitude I have for you. My family comes from a below-average household income and fears the cost of paying for college. They are very supportive in helping me reach my dreams, but it has become quite expensive. Your generosity will help me gain an education in the field of psychology. I look forward to becoming a child psychologist to help the less fortunate in difficult situations possibly suffering from childhood trauma that need aid in their mental health. This year I hope maintain a high GPA and play well in my sports while still managing my expenses.
My ʻohana and I are extremely grateful for these scholarship opportunities which lessen the financial burden and allow my siblings the opportunity to attend college. I hope to graduate at a faster rate as I was able to receive high school college credits and I hope to participate in school leadership to empower the people within my college campus. My plan is to dual major in political science and international studies, and minor in film studies, pursue a master’s, and then apply for a job within the United States government, specifically one in foreign relations to eventually become a U.S diplomat. I will do my best to make you proud.
Mahalo donors of the Henry Lee Scholarship! I am very thankful for the money that can help pay tuition for the next level of education that I am studying. My parents now have less to pay for college and this gift will help me advance in my upcoming educational journey. I hope to get into internships and begin to support my family. A big mahalo!
Mahalo! I am incredibly grateful to be a recipient of this award. I began my college career as a psychology major with a minor in studio art, believing that I did not have what it takes to be a professional artist. As I grew as an artist, I realized this was not true. So, I decided to pursue my passion for art, and added it as a major alongside psychology. This award is making my dream come true because it helps me afford the extra schooling I need to complete my bachelor’s in art! After graduating, I plan on continuing my career in art, both in creating and teaching.
Mahalo donors! Thank you so much for your generosity and support. Receiving this scholarship is going to help me achieve my goal of earning a college degree. I started college late. So, I had to watch all my friends graduate and start their careers while I was left behind. I set a goal for myself of graduating from college and paying for it without any help from my family. This scholarship will go a long way in fulfilling my academic and personal career goals. I hope to earn a bachelor's degree in tourism industry management and apply to UH Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law.
I want to send a big mahalo to the donors of the Stanley and Janet Zisk Scholarship! It means so much to me that you are willing to help me get through school. I look forward to finishing my academic years with a Bachelor’s in Administration of Justice in hopes to help the troubled keiki of Hawaiʻi. My family has been through and seen the struggles these youth go through when they donʻt have a solid foundation to move forward. I hope that my career will allow me to be that foundation for them and give them the guidance they need to secure a solid future.
Mahalo donors of the KSHPTO Scholarship! I am so grateful for this award and will put it to good use in this upcoming school year. This award will help me pay for my tuition and resources. This means a lot to my ʻohana as well as myself because it helps us financially. I hope to be very successful in my classes and schooling this year without going into any debt. I plan on graduating in business management from Grand Canyon University. I aspire to be a successful businesswoman in the future that will support and provide for the Hawaiian people.
Dear donors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you. I am very honored to be your recipient. I will continue my education in the Associate Science Degree of Nursing. My main objective is to become a highly skilled and licensed registered nurse, practicing here in the rural community of Kona where I was born and raised, to help members of the community in a meaningful way. Juggling school, work, and motherhood is no easy task, but these scholarships have drastically reduced my financial burdens. With the benefit of your gift, I hope to positively impact the lives of others, as you have with mine.
Mahalo donors for providing me with an award to help pay for my education. I am beyond grateful for your generosity and I will make sure that it will go to great use. This gift will help me academically next year as it would help me not have to focus on paying for school, but on education itself. I would like to either go into nursing or pharmacy because I feel like we need more people in the medical field. Again, thank you so much for this gift and I am beyond grateful for your donation.
Mahalo donors, I would like to thank you for your generosity, as your support allows me to continue my journey as a scholar, leader, and advocate through internships, fellowships, and other organizations I work with here at ASU. I would like to study healthcare administration through an interdisciplinary lens to develop skills that will one day allow me to act as a liaison between healthcare sectors, reforming old systems to fit a modern vision of equity, cultural competence, and social acceptance. Mahalo for making this possible and for supporting me in my education and social mission to a healthier future.
Mahalo donors of the Hawaiʻi Independent Energy Scholarship. I am thankful for this scholarship because it will help my family pay for my student housing, books, and fees. This means a lot to me because this is the first scholarship I have ever been awarded. I plan on having a successful transition from high school to college and having good grades. I plan to play baseball for Southwestern Oregon Community College. In the future I plan on becoming a diesel mechanic. Mahalo!
Mahalo nui loa donors for your generous gifts! With this scholarship, I will have the ability to not only further my education, but I won’t have to be a burden for my family. I will be pursuing a degree in speech, language, and hearing to one day become a speech therapist who aids impoverished communities nationwide along with those living in third-world countries. I then hope to settle back in Hilo to start my own private practice. I’m looking forward to learning how to become a strong independent woman and making the most out of the learning environment. Mahalo once again for your support in this new chapter of my life!
Mahalo donors! I am so ecstatic to be the recipient of these amazing awards! I faced many hardships in my lifetime, especially financially, so receiving these scholarships is such a blessing. I am able to obtain my Master’s in Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Accounting, making my Chaminade family and adoptive grandparents proud. This will also give me the credentials and experience necessary to provide free tax services to the community that raised me, Waianae, and help benefit underserved populations located within the Leeward Coast of Oahu. The funds from these scholarships will play a role in the ripple effects that better various communities of Hawaiʻi. Mahalo, it is a true honor!
Mahalo donors of the Makaloa Undergraduate Scholarship. My family and I appreciate your generosity and time. I look forward to learning about different career paths at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and am interested in exploring a major in human resource management, social work or education. Mahalo!
Mahalo nui loa from the bottom of my heart for investing in my education, which is alleviating a huge financial burden as I enter the clinical year of my physician assistant program. Your support will allow me to have a smooth transition as I “island-hop” across Hawaiʻi for my required rotations. I am looking forward to obtaining hands-on experience in a multitude of settings in order to become a well-rounded practitioner. It is my dream to help Native Hawaiians, especially those in rural communities, that struggle with access to healthcare. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to achieving that dream, and I am forever grateful.
I am extremely grateful for this amazing contribution to not only me but to my family and those who have supported me along my journey because it helps me pursue my dream career and whatever my future holds. My aspiration is to complete my college degree in exercise science/kinesiology and to go on to get a graduate degree in physical therapy. Overall, I would just like to say mahalo again and your contributions will certainly not be put to waste. Thank you!
Mahalo donors of the I Mua Mālama JROTC Kaʻawaloa Takemoto Scholarship. With the financial burdens that COVID-19 and the Russian and Ukraine conflict have brought upon all of us, I am extremely grateful for your generous donation despite all these hardships. I look forward to earning my bachelor's degree in environmental design and my master's degree in finance as part of a 4 + 1 program offered at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I also plan on completing the Air Force ROTC program to become a military officer to learn and work in the cybersecurity field. After that, I will start my career as a green design architect. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors of the George Hiʻilani Mills Scholarship. Thank you so much for generosity! Your gift will help me in my educational journey as I start my M2 year in medical school. I hope to continue my medical education to one day reach my goals to become a doctor and serve my community.
Mahalo donors of the Na Hoaloha Scholarship. I am so, so grateful for your generosity and help to give me the opportunity to go to college. This means the world to me and my family. I will be using this scholarship for my tuition and hopefully my chef's uniforms! Thank you for getting me excited about my future. Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo. I’m looking forward to learning how to cook so that I can entertain people and bring my culture into it.
To the donors, mahalo nui loa. I have come to learn that regardless of circumstances, if one puts in the effort and time towards a goal that they are passionate about, they will be recognized soon enough. Through your benevolence, I gain a deeper appreciation for the lengths that our community goes to in order to better the future of numerous Native Hawaiians. The awards I have received will allow me to channel more of my efforts into doing well in school and furthering my cybersecurity career. Thank you all again for what you do.
Dear donors, I am honored to have been selected as the recipient of both of these scholarships. Thank you for your generosity which has allowed me to further my education at my dream college, Harvard University, and lightened my financial burden. I will major in biomedical engineering. I then want to further my education by going to medical school, becoming a physician, and specializing in surgery. Hopefully, one day, I can give back to future generations, just as you have helped me. I promise to never give up and to make you proud of me. Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift.
Mahalo donors of the Makaloa Scholarship, for providing me with the opportunity to pursue my degree in political science so that I can better serve our community at the judicial level. By understanding the system that we are a part of, I can inform and attend to the needs of the community through the processes of law. This financial gift will help me to pursue my degree while staying home, so that I may set roots and build connections with the current leaders of our community. Thank you again for supporting me in following my dreams, and I am so grateful for your support.
Mahalo donors for your generous contribution to my educational journey. I am extremely grateful for your consideration. This scholarship will not only provide me with an opportunity to receive a higher education, but it will allow me to provide quality healthcare to the rural communities of Hawaiʻi Island for years to come. As a woman of underrepresented background and having grown up in rural Kailua-Kona, my journey through post-secondary education has not been easy, but your support allows this dream of mine to be a reality. After graduating with my bachelor's in biology, I plan to apply to medical school. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Association of Kauaʻi for this amazing scholarship. It is really appreciated and I am beyond thankful. For this next step in my life, I have so many things to look forward to and so many goals I want to accomplish. This gift will help my family and me to help me get an amazing education and be able to pursue a future in business and also become a flight attendant.
I would like to mahalo the KSH PTO for gifting me this scholarship to assist with offsetting the cost of attending college. I am excited to be able to start my collegiate studies and working towards my goal of obtaining my nursing degree and playing volleyball at the next level.
Mahalo! I am extremely grateful for your generosity so that I may pursue my passion for business at my dream school. These past couple of months have been very challenging personally, so I am especially grateful to not worry about how I will be paying for college. I hope to establish myself in my environment so that I can kickstart my career. I hope to land a job at a Fortune 500 company in Silicon Valley, where I can develop my skills in the business sector. I aspire to one day return home, so I may teach financial literacy to the Native Hawaiian population. Mahalo for supporting my education journey.
Mahalo! Words cannot express how grateful I am for this award. I don’t just look at this scholarship as a means of assisting with my educational expenses, but as a promissory note to you that I can and will complete this milestone of a journey. It is because of this award that I’ll be able to focus more of my attention on completing my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology this spring 2023 with grades reflective of an honoree! So, thank you again...you’re truly making a difference for me!!!
Mahalo donors of the KGMB/KHON Video Production Scholarship and Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship. My 'ohana and I greatly appreciate your assistance in helping me to fulfill my academic aspirations. I hope to use my time in this coming year to exercise and improve my skills in various storytelling mediums as well as to make useful connections. Thank you.I hope to use the skills I gain from my studies to create entertainment and media that makes people think. The ability to write or produce creative media is one that allows for endless possibilities in making change — lighting the fires of new passions, promoting kindness and understanding, and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow.
Seana Marie LaniasScholarship:
Mahalo donors! I am extremely grateful that you saw enough potential in my work to give me this opportunity. Since applying, I have continued to refine my skill and solidify my artistic style. You can be rest assured that your contribution is being put to good use, as I was recently accepted into my school’s Art New York program. In this program, I will live in New York City and attend classes for the entire spring of 2023. I will be taking studio art and art history classes as well as interning with a company specializing in the real-world application. Mahalo again for this amazing opportunity!
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha c/o 1957 and Mary Atherton Richards Scholarships! With your kōkua, I will be able to continue my education at Penn State University. My intended major is Immunology & Infectious Disease. I aspire to become a pediatric rheumatologist who takes care of children with musculoskeletal diseases such as juvenile arthritis, which I am diagnosed with. I am very excited to start my new chapter somewhere completely new to me which will be quite the experience! I hope to return to Oʻahu and open my own clinic as a pediatric rheumatologist in the future. Mahalo once again for your support of haumāna like me!
A big thank you to the donors of the KSHPTO and the Mary Atherton Richards Scholarship. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by both my family and me as it will help lessen the expenses that come with a higher education. After getting a bachelor's degree in education and a minor in communication disorders, I intend to apply to a speech language pathology master’s program. I then plan on getting a state license to practice speech language pathology. Again, mahalo for all of your generosity.
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Association of Kauaʻi Scholarship. Thank you for being very generous with the scholarship. This scholarship means a lot to my family and me to better my future career. I thank each and every one of you who worked so hard at what you do and for thinking about us haumāna. For college, I plan on getting my bachelor’s in business administration. After college, I am going manage a company of my own.
Thank you to the donors of the Hawaiʻi Lodging & Tourism Association Don Ho Legacy Scholarship. This gift will help me in my academics to alleviate the financial burden of tuition. I plan on graduating with my bachelor's in music education, then continue my education to receive my master's degree and possibly doctorate. I aspire to be either a high school music educator or a professor of music. I hope to return home to Hawaiʻi and use the knowledge that I have obtained and share it with my future haumāna.
I can’t begin to thank you for these opportunities. I am so grateful for your help, and my heart is so full! With this amazing opportunity, I will be able to pursue further education. I will be able to tell my single mother that she won’t need to worry about the daunting costs of tuition. I hope that I may be able to pursue a career that focuses on the health of specifically Native Hawaiian individuals. Again, I just want to say how much I appreciate the donors of the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1950 Scholarship, and the Kamehameha Schools Maui Parent Teacher Student Organization ʻAʻapueo Scholarship. Mahalo a nui!
Aloha, I would like to mahalo the donors for their generosity. I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to receive these scholarships which will be used to pursue a master’s degree in environmental resource management and my career goals as I plan to give back to my community and the environment. During this academic year I plan to volunteer for clubs and organizations that tie into my academic and career goals while searching for an environmental program to complete an internship with. As a graduate student I take my academic journey seriously and want to focus on bettering my future. Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift.
Mahalo donors! I am so thankful for the scholarship I received which will help me to achieve my educational goals. I strive to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and go on to become a licensed registered nurse. The financial help will push me to become the first graduate in my ‘ohana and I am proud to fill that role. This coming fall semester of 2022 I will be looking forward to graduating with my prerequisites finished and I will have already applied to a two nursing programs in hopes of getting into one. With your financial help I can focus on school and I hope to maintain my 4.0 GPA so I can graduate with pride.
Sir William CornwellScholarship:
I would like to sincerely thank all the donors and scholarship representatives. My ʻohana and I are forever grateful and indebted. As I continue my education at the University of Southern California, I plan to pursue and further my career as an actor by obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for Stage, Screen, and New Media. I want to continue to pursue acting not only because it’s my passion, but I feel a sense of kuleana as a Native Hawaiian to share our stories and cultural fight in mainstream media. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1970 Scholarship for your generosity. With this scholarship opportunity, I will be able to study agriculture, forestry, and natural resource management at UH Hilo. I hope to further my knowledge in caring for the land, allowing me the opportunity to give back to my community. I’m looking forward to attending college next year and you are a part of making these goals a reality with your generous donation. My ʻohana and I are so grateful for your kindness. Mahalo!
Mahalo donors! Words cannot express the gratitude that I feel. I am currently working two jobs while also pursuing higher education, so this means so much to me. I hope to continue my work as a Registered Behavior Technician working with kids with developmental disabilities, continue to gain clinical hours for my degree, and I also plan to keep singing at events to spread aloha! With your help, I will graduate with my Master’s in Education in the Spring of 2023! As a Native Hawaiian, I know I am in the minority that gets the privilege to earn a master’s degree, and it has only been possible with your help.
Mahalo donors! I am so thankful and feel blessed that I was chosen to receive this award. I have never gotten a scholarship before, so this means so much to me. This will help my career goal of becoming a dental hygienist. This gift will help me pay for my tuition and fees and will allow me to be able to have more time to study since I won’t have to work long hours after school. This upcoming school year I plan on maintaining my GPA and exceling in my classes and clinical times to honor you as donors.
I was delighted to learn that I was selected to be a recipient! Thank you! It is because of your generosity that I can pursue my goal of becoming an elementary educator. I am entering my third year of the Integrated Studies Program with a concentration in natural science. It is my goal to return home to Hawaiʻi to educate and teach Native Hawaiian students. I believe this scholarship will positively impact my future career and prospects. I hope that one day I’ll be able to give back and help students achieve their goals, the way you have helped me.
Mahalo donors for extending your generosity to help support my goals in pursuing higher education. These awards not only mean so much to me, but to my ʻohana as well. Knowing I can pursue higher education without having debt and to have all my educational needs met is truly a privilege and a blessing we are all grateful for. I plan to apply to the nursing program this year with hopes of starting in the fall of 2023, and to minor in psychology and/or political science. Once again, mahalo for the continued time and support.
Piha me ka mahalo for these scholarships. It has been amazing to live and learn at UH Hilo and I am currently working on completing my minor in Pacific history and double major in Hawaiian studies and communications. Because my family has struggled with domestic issues, I pay for my own tuition so going to college has not been easy, but I strive to be my best as a student and help my community and ʻohana in any way I can. With a university education, I can give back to my beloved hometown of Waimānalo as a young educator to keiki and makua in my community.
Mahalo donors, I am very grateful for your generosity. This is very meaningful because the award will allow me to pursue my dream of becoming a registered nurse and not worry too much about how I will afford college while having a family. In today’s world, any type of assistance is helpful due to the rising costs especially here in Hawaiʻi. I will utilize my knowledge of nursing in the way I care for my patients at the Queen's Medical Center. I also look forward to getting more involved with the Native Hawaiian community and helping to increase the health status of Native Hawaiians.
Thank you for your generosity. This will be my first semester at a four-year university! I am an incoming transfer student and one of the major deterrents to attending university was the tuition. However, I feel much more confident in my ability to focus on going to college rather than paying for it because of your generous scholarships and I am much more excited to experience student life to the fullest and to immerse myself within my major. I hope to become part of student research within the college of tropical agriculture and human resources. Again, mahalo for these gifts!
Mahalo e nā donors of the Kunuiākea Scholarship, I am so thankful for your generosity. I have not had the privilege to go to school without worrying about tuition or working a job, so this award helps alleviate so much stress. This year I plan to continue exploring the overlap between environmental science and religious studies! I also look forward to declaring a minor and pursuing internships. Your help has allowed me more leeway to pursue my passions and I promise to not take your generosity lightly!
Thank you so much to the M. Kimo Wong KS ’71 and Shelly Wong and Noe Noe Wong-Wilson KS ’68 ʻOhana Scholarship for your support of my career. I plan to come back to Hawaiʻi to support individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities as a clinical psychologist. Your generosity is very much appreciated and I am extremely thankful.
Mahalo donors of the George Hiʻilani Mills Scholarship! I’m very grateful for the opportunity to continue my education. Due to being a full-time student, I’m required to complete 20 or more hours at my practicum site while attending school. Therefore, I’m unable to work full-time to pay for tuition. Mahalo nui loa for this gift in assisting me in pursuing my doctoral degree in clinical psychology. My wish is to give back to my community as so many people have helped me along the way with my educational and professional journey.
Mahalo donors of the Floro and McCarthy Family “Big Blue and White K” Scholarship. I’m honored to be selected as your donor recipient. Because of your generosity, I’m able to attend Chapman University where I plan on majoring in health sciences to pursue a career in communication sciences and disorders. I’m also excited to run for their cross country and track team. I hope that I can thank you all in person one day. Mahalo nui for your support in helping me pursue my dreams!
Mahalo donors of the Kamehameha Schools Class of 1975 Scholarship! This will allow me to continue focusing and working toward earning my degree and coming home to Hawaiʻi to give back to my community. Now that I can focus less on financial needs, I am able to work harder with my studies and ensure I am taking in every moment at my university. I am working toward becoming either a mental health or trauma counselor for a police department in Hawaiʻi. My primary focus would be to work with Native Hawaiians to provide adequate support for those who have experienced traumatic events.
Mahalo donors of the Uʻilani Stender scholarship, I am so grateful to be your recipient. This means a lot to me because it will help me achieve my academic goals and help relieve some stress related to school. I hope to earn my B.A. in public relations this year and aspire to be a PR professional working in the entertainment industry. I am looking forward to serving my community and sharing my culture with the world.
Taylor Kana'ipono EckartScholarship:
Looking forward to the near future I am excited to pursue my dream of receiving a higher education. Receiving a higher education has been a dream of mine for the longest time because of the countless opportunities included in receiving a degree. The opportunities include a greater chance of landing my dream job and progressing further in that career. While the opportunities that come with a degree are generous, being a part of the 20.5% of Hawaiians with a bachelor's degree is a much greater reward.
Thank you so much for your generosity and allowing me the honor of receiving this scholarship. Your generous donation has allowed me to further my education and attend college at a more affordable price. This brings me one step closer to my dream of becoming a pediatrician for the children of the coming generations. Really anything where I can help families and children is something that I aspire to do. I hope to be able to do well in my first year as an incoming freshman, to experience everything and take on every opportunity that I can. Mahalo again for your contribution. I can’t thank you enough.
Mahalo donors! I am extremely thankful for the generosity that you have shown to my ʻohana and me with these honorable scholarships, including one that represents the island of Kauaʻi. It will help to pay for the education that will start me on my journey to opening my own restaurant back home in Hawaiʻi and will educate people about the importance of healthy eating habits! I hope to transfer to a four-year program to continue my degree in business in addition to attending culinary school. I cannot thank you enough for opening the doors to a great future of schooling and education. Mahalo for this opportunity!
I want to say mahalo for all your support and generosity towards me. This is such a huge opportunity and blessing for my ʻohana and me because it’ll help me financially as I go through my college education and even my career afterwards. This year, I hope to achieve my goals of doing well in college academically, socially, financially, and mentally. I plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian studies, then get a teaching license through Kahuawaiola, UH Hilo’s Indigenous Teacher Education Program. After my college career, I will come back to my hometown, Hāna, and teach in a Hawaiian Immersion school. Mahalo aku au iā ʻoukou!
Mahalo donors of the Makalo-G scholarship! I am truly appreciative that I was selected as a recipient of this scholarship because higher education is not cheap, and this will greatly reduce the loans I need. I hope to keep up with the straight As I’ve gotten since I got back into school. I want to become an effective social worker in either a case management position at a place like Care Hawaiʻi or the VA. I also would like to start up my own substance abuse treatment center sometime in the future.
Mahalo donors! This scholarship has been a true blessing and given me more motivation to keep on striving for excellence. I want to achieve success in my classes while also being more involved in research and volunteering with the less fortunate. I believe these experiences will best prepare me for a career in healthcare. My ultimate goal is to becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon, build a cardiac rehabilitation center and program in Pāhoa or Hilo, and teach the importance of health early on to prevent the onset of chronic disease, which will provide a better quality of life and lower the healthcare expenditure. Mahalo again!
Mahalo donors! I am extremely thankful for the generosity that you have shown to my ʻohana and me with these honorable scholarships, including one that represents the island of Kauaʻi. It will help to pay for the education that will start me on my journey to opening my own restaurant back home in Hawaiʻi and will educate people about the importance of healthy eating habits! I hope to transfer to a four-year program to continue my degree in business in addition to attending culinary school. I cannot thank you enough for opening the doors to a great future of schooling and education. Mahalo for this opportunity!
Mahalo to the generous donors of the Puʻuwai Hau Kila Scholarship and the Roy L. Cachola Scholarship. I will forever be grateful for the financial support that I have been graciously bestowed upon. This gift is allowing a former foster child from a low-income background, to become a first-generation college student. I plan on studying the environment in hopes of finding new and successful solutions to issues Hawaiʻi is facing today to pave the way for a better future. I hope to use this generosity in a way that can benefit as many people around me. Mahalo for your generosity, my ʻohana and I deeply appreciate it!
Mahalo donors of the Lee Thomas Pacific Island Scholarship. Your generosity is indeed appreciated. To be able to further my journey in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi means the world, and you have made it possible. Thank you for making my dreams become possible. Mahalo nui loa no nā mea a pau.
Mahalo donors of the Frank and Ruth Midkiff Scholarship! I am most grateful to be the recipient of your generosity that will allow me to continue my education at Baylor University. This means the most to my family and me as we fall in the category of not qualifying for financial aid, but not being able to afford everything. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and furthering my education at my dream college! I aspire to learn more about entrepreneurship and apply it to my future by starting my own business one day. Mahalo for your generosity.
Growing up surrounded by situations that no one should ever experience, I knew I wanted my future to look nothing like those around me and I was the only one who could define it, I could either be a stereotype or beat it. Now, everything I worked and sacrificed for, has paid off. I was granted the opportunity to continue my education and expand my knowledge and experience. So, thank you for giving back. I pray that I reach my goals so that I can be in your shoes one day–helping people to broaden their horizons. In the beginning, I said only I can define my future but without your generosity I would not be certain that I could achieve what I want.
Mahalo donors! College is an important step in both my academic career and moving out into the world on my own. This award will help make my college dreams a reality. Going to college has always been a goal of mine, however, with that comes many costs that a lot of students don’t think about. This will allow me to focus on the most important things that college has to offer – academics, life lessons and career paths. I hope to use my degree in computer science to work in the video game industry, whether it be in an indie company or working for a larger studio. Mahalo!