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Inspired 2017

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The Inspired by You Scholarship at the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo gives students the chance to share their story of how theyʻre inspired by the ‘Āina, Discovery, Innovation, and Each Other. Finalists in each category of inspiration will receive a one-time $500 award; Runner-Ups will receive a $500 award renewable for four years (total value $2,000); and our overall Winners will receive a $2,500 award, renewable for four years (total value $10,000). The UH Hilo Admissions Office is proud to announce our 2017-18 recipients below:

Inspired by the ‘Āina Scholarship Awards

Winner

Skye Hoefke
Skye Hoefke
Skye Hoefke
Hawaiʻi Community College
Hilo, Hawaiʻi
Major: Pre-Engineering

Runner-Up

Makoa Caceres
Kekamamakoaaka‘ilihou Caceres
Kekamamakoaaka‘ilihou Caceres
Kamehameha - Kapālama
Kapolei, Hawaiʻi
Major: Hawaiian Studies

Finalists

Sarah Brandenstein
UH Maui College
Makawao, Maui
Major: Anthropology
Rebecca Butkus
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Major: Pre-Nursing
Valerina Cantero
Xavier High School
Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia
Major: Environmental Science
Tehya Kalanikau
Kīhei Charter School
Kīhei, Maui
Major: Hawaiian Studies
Cody Pacheco
Kamehameha - Kea‘au
Mountain View, Hawaiʻi
Major: Biology
Kmedrang Sengebau
Xavier High School
Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia
Major: Marine Science

Inspired by Discovery Scholarship Awards

Winner

Stephanie Lewis
Stephanie Lewis
Stephanie Lewis
Kohala High School
Kamuela, Hawaiʻi
Major: Astronomy

Runner-Up

Kyra Deters
Kyra Deters
Kyra Deters
Troy High School
Villa Park, California
Major: Computer Science

Finalists

Aezyah Duncan
Leilehua High School
Wahiawa, O‘ahu
Major: Art
Skyla Elder
Honoka‘a High School
Kamuela, Hawaiʻi
Major: Biology
Tabitha Holloway
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska
Major: Agriculture
Kaiponohea Kaaiakamanu
Campbell High School
Ewa Beach, O‘ahu
Major: Undeclared
Kamalei Suan
Waialua High School
Waialua, O‘ahu
Major: Environmental Science
Brittany Wells
Central High School
Grand Junction, Colorado
Major: Marine Science

Inspired by Innovation Scholarship Awards

Winner

Hailey Briseno
Hailey Briseno
Hailey Briseno
Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy
Kamuela, Hawaiʻi
Major: Marine Science

Runner-Up

Brittany Wells
Brittany Wells
Brittany Wells
Central High School
Grand Junction, Colorado
Major: Marine Science

Finalists

Scott Dakofsky
Roosevelt High School
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi
Major: Undeclared
Cosette Daniels
Pāhoa High School
Pāhoa, Hawaiʻi
Major: Chemistry
Kaiponohea Kaaiakamanu
Campbell High School
‘Ewa Beach, O‘ahu
Major: Undeclared
Alanakai Mahelona
Waipahu High School
‘Ewa Beach, Hawaiʻi
Major: Agriculture, Pre-Veterinary
Breanna Ross-Dee
Douglas High School
Gardnerville, Nevada
Major: Environmental Science
Kaycee Bridget Selga
Sacred Hearts Academy
Honolulu, O‘ahu
Major: Biology

Inspired by Each Other Scholarship Awards

Winner

Daniel Ornelas
Daniel Ornelas
Daniel Ornelas
Maui Preparatory Academy
Lāhainā, Maui
Major: Communication

Runner-Up

Keliko Hurley
Keliko Hurley
Keliko Hurley
Kanu O Ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School
Kamuela, Hawaiʻi
Major: Political Science

Finalists

Leilani Chelliah
Kaimukī High School
Honolulu, O‘ahu
Major: Biology
Lilith Gannone
Kealakehe High School
Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi
Major: Psychology
Harmony-Sanoe Gonsalves-Cosma
Hāna High School
Hāna, Maui
Major: Undeclared
Ho‘omana Jimenez
Hāna High School
Hāna, Maui
Major: Undeclared
Emma Kam
Roosevelt High School
Waipahu, Oʻahu
Major: Undeclared
Keli Wong
Waialua High School
Waialua, O‘ahu
Major: Pre-Nursing

Inspired by You Scholarship Awards

Finalists

Alina Abramovich
University of Southern California
Waialua, O'ahu
Major: Marine Science
Briana Campbell
Hoala School
Waipahu, Oʻahu
Major: Kinesiology & Exercise Sciences
Jon Roque Castro
Xavier High School
Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia
Major: Biology
Fera Davis
Moloka‘i High School
Ho‘olehua, Moloka‘i
Major: Environmental Science
Keliaikapoliolehua Kapu
Honolulu Community College
Honolulu, Oʻahu
Major: Hawaiian Studies
Dylynn Miles-Bontog
Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u
Kea‘au, Hawaiʻi
Major: Pre-Nursing
Eleanna Rivera
Maui High School
Kahului, Maui
Major: Pre-Nursing
Chayna Yoshida
Kea‘au High School
Kea‘au, Hawaiʻi
Major: Art