2017–2018 UH Hilo’s 'Inspired' Scholars

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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 they're inspired by the ʻĀina, 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 recipients below.

Inspired by the ‘Āina Scholarship Awards

Winner

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

Runner-Up

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

2017-2018 Inspired by the ‘Āina Finalists

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

Inspired by Discovery Scholarship Awards

Winner

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

Runner-Up

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

2017-2018 Inspired by Discovery Finalists

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

Inspired by Innovation Scholarship Awards

Winner

Hailey Briseno
Hailey Briseno
Hailey Briseno
Hawaiʻi Preparatory
Kamuela, Hawaiʻi
Marine Science

Runner-Up

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

2017-2018 Inspired by Innovation Finalists

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

Inspired by Each Other Scholarship Awards

Winner

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

Runner-Up

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

2017-2018 Inspired by Each Other Finalists

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

Inspired by You Scholarship Awards

2017-2018 Inspired by You Finalists

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