Patrick C. Jenkins
Keri M.T. Kimura
Lola K. Salimova
Angela G. Capogrossi
Kiera H.K. Yabusaki
Isaac J. Crosson
Hope N. Kalei
Kiera H.K. Yabusaki
Kirsta L. Andrew
Alexander R. Kay
Gina M. Ross
Lauryl K. Sumner
Trebor K.E. Waihee-Yanazaki
Corina C. Sampaia
Erynn C. Tanimoto
Megan C. Venegas
Megan C. Venegas
Jodie R. Schulten
Melissa L. Garnett
Lissa S. Tsutsumi
This year the Alumni and Friends Association is honored to add four new students to its list of scholarship recipients.
Holo Ho‘opai—pursuing Master’s Degree in Hawaiian Language and Literature
Jodie Schulten—pursuing Master’s Degree in Biology and Environmental Studies
Melissa Garnett—pursuing Doctorate of Nursing Degree
Lissa Tsutsumi—pursuing Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Besides fulfilling its mission to create and promote lasting relationships between the university and the larger community, for over eight years, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Alumni and Friends Association has helped the efforts of deserving UH Hilo students through its scholarship program. With monies raised through the Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards Banquet, the Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament and generous donations from the community, the Alumni and Friends Association Scholarship has supported undergraduate and graduate students with alumni roots to the university, meet their goals, fulfill their dreams and significantly add to the fabric of our community. To find out more about how you can support the scholarship program call the Alumni Office at (808) 974-7501.
“I’m absolutely fortunate and thankful to have been chosen as a recipient for this year's UH Hilo Alumni and Friends Scholarship. As with applying to any scholarship, the process can be grueling while waiting for the results. I welcomed the notification of this award with much relief and the utmost, sincere gesture of gratitude.
College expenses are, without a doubt, one of the most determining factors in a student's ability to graduate expeditiously. The per-credit cost for a graduate student like me can, at times, be overwhelming. This scholarship will help absorb the cost of my final year in the Master’s of Hawaiian Language and Literature program, allowing me the concentration and focus I need to complete my thesis and eventually pursue other opportunities.
As a former student of Ke Kula O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpuʻu, Hawaiian-language immersion school, seeking a degree in Hawaiian language and literature seemed like a natural progression. I’m excited and humbled to be part of a widespread movement to normalize the usage of the Hawaiian language in both personal and professional aspects of everyday life. In doing so, the Hawaiian language will be held with such regard as that of the English language in our collective cognitive psyche and its everyday usage will be subconsciously accepted as part of the status quo.
After receiving my graduate degree, I intend to further advance in higher education by either seeking admission into a doctoral program or law school. Ultimately, I envision my professional and personal life to be here on this island. Just as much as the “brain drain” devours our human resources and capital, the ‘brain gain,’ on the other hand, contributes to industry diversification, innovation and continued economic improvement. I want to be part of this wave that enriches our island home and will position myself in such a place that enables me to make this contribution.”
Jodie Schulten —
“I feel ultimately honored to receive the Alumni and Friends scholarship. The assistance of this scholarship will allow me to focus on my research and provide travel / conference opportunities for me.
Returning to graduate school after being out of academia for seven years was a big and bold decision, but I am more than excited to pursue my goals and to commit to a project of my own. I have a great team and so much support; I am ready to hit the ground running!”
Melissa Garnett —
“I am greatly appreciative to have received this scholarship. Every dollar counts when it comes to paying tuition and graduate school expenses, so I truly say ‘thank you’ for your assistance. This money will assist me in paying for my books and additional school expenses.
I entered UH Hilo in the fall of 2007 with a goal of obtaining a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. In the Spring of 2012, I graduated from the undergraduate program. Amazingly, The Doctorate of Nursing Program will be launched in the fall of 2012 with myself amongst their first class. I am honored to be able to continue my education at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and I hope to come back one day to return this great experience as a university educator.”
Lissa Tsutsumi —
“I am very honored to be a recipient of this award. I studied very hard at UH Hilo to do well in my courses so that I could continue toward achieving my ultimate educational goal of obtaining a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. This scholarship reinforces that my efforts were worthwhile.
I will be using the money to supplement the costs of my graduate studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences this Fall at UH Hilo.
Being born and raised in Hilo, I think that attending UH Hilo was a great choice for me. I believe that staying here allowed me to focus more on finding what I ultimately wanted to pursue in life.”