UH students receive free textbooks as part of “15 to Finish” initiative

UH Hilo student Micah Carter is among the winners.

MIcah Carter
Micah Carter

A student from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo was among 18 students from across the UH System who won free textbooks for fall 2015 in the 15 to Finish UH Bookstores promotion worth approximately $10,000.

UH Hilo student Micah Carter is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Campus and is a UH Hilo Chancellor’s Scholar.

UH partnered with the UH Bookstores to provide freshmen an opportunity to win free textbooks for the following fall semester if they completed 30 or more credits in their first year. The promotion reduces the cost associated with obtaining a post secondary degree, while bringing awareness to the fact that taking at least 15 credits per semester helps students be on track to graduate on time.

The following students will receive free textbooks for the fall 2015 semester:

  • Kulaiapahia Aluli, Kapiʻolani Community College
  • Piper Axtell, Windward CC
  • Jessie Caberto, UH Maui College
  • Micah Carter, UH Hilo
  • Allison Jean Comlat, Leeward CC
  • Evan Hataishi, UH Mānoa
  • Mikiala Holley, UH Mānoa
  • Gunnar Hudson, Leeward CC
  • Samantha Manipon, UH West Oʻahu
  • Charles Matsuda, Kauaʻi CC
  • Kara Meske, UH Mānoa
  • Mari Ogino, Leeward CC
  • Hinako Suyama, Kapiʻolani CC
  • Sean Takehara, Honolulu CC
  • Robert Valdez, UH Maui College
  • Edward Wang, Kapiʻolani CC
  • Mieko Yajima, Hawaiʻi CC
  • Kelli Ann Zane, UH Mānoa

“Our goal is to continue to build awareness of the fact that a student must take at least 15 credits a semester or 30 credits in a year to complete their degree on time,” says Risa Dickson, UH System vice president for academic affairs. “In the past, taking 12 credits per semester was most common, but we want students to change that mindset. Research has also shown that students taking 15 credits or more do better academically. Completing a degree on time is the best way to reduce educational costs and start earning an income.”

UH Bookstores Director Tricia Ejima added, “We’re happy to support the UH System with its 15 to Finish campaign by rewarding students with free textbooks. We take pride in providing our students with everything they need for college and this was just one more way for us to give back.”

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