Three UH Hilo students receive prestigious UH System scholarships that fund full tuition

Among the 2019 cohort of 29 recipients, UH Hilo students Kiaria Zoi Nakamura,  Zyrill Dane Dela Cruz, and Mika Odaira receive Regent and Presidential Scholarships awarded by the UH System.

Benjamin Asa Kudo, Zoi Nakamura and David Lassner on stage to recognize Zoi's win. She holds certificate and wears a head lei.
UH Hilo student Kiaria “Zoi” Nakamura (center) receives recognition at awards ceremony July 18 in Honolulu. At left is Benjamin Asa Kudo, chair of the UH Board of Regents. At right is David Lassner, UH president. Cell phone image captured by UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin, via @bonnieirwin on Twitter.

Thirty promising high school and college students have received University of Hawai‘i Regents and Presidential Scholarships that will fund full tuition for the budding scholars. The winners were honored on July 18 during an awards ceremony at the UH Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom in Honolulu. Among the winners are three UH Hilo students.

Presidential Scholarship

The UH Presidential Scholarships go to 10 juniors attending a UH campus. Presidential scholars receive full tuition for two years of undergraduate study. The scholarships are awarded with preference for UH community college students with high GPAs transferring to a four-year UH campus.

Among this year’s winners is UH Hilo student Kiaria Zoi Nakamura. She is pursuing a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in performing arts and a certificate in educational studies.

Regent Scholarship

The UH Regents Scholarships are awarded to 20 incoming freshmen attending UH Mānoa, UH Hilo and UH West Oʻahu. The students receive two years of paid tuition for undergraduate studies, a stipend of $4,000 per year and a one-time $2,000 travel voucher. They also have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities.

Among the winners for the Regents Scholarship were UH Hilo students Zyrill Dane Dela Cruz, who graduated from Waipahu High School and plans to major in Chemistry-Biosciences, and Mika Odaira, a Waiākea High School graduate planning to be a Business Administration major.


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