2019–2020 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

Tia Kualiʻi
Waiākea High School
Hilo, Hawaiʻi
Hawaiian Studies

Runner-Up

Micah Pascua
Kamehameha Schools Kapālama
Hanapepe, Kauaʻi
Hawaiian Studies

2019-2020 Inspired by the ‘Āina Finalists

Lynneva Carroll
West Valley High School
Fairbanks, Alaska
General Undeclared
Mackenzie Connolly
Brighton High School
Salt Lake City, Utah
General Undeclared
Sophia Dent
Academy Our Lady of Peace
La Mesa, California
Exploratory Health Science
Rayna Gallegos
Homeschool
Waikoloa, Hawaiʻi
Biology
Kit Neikirk
Connections Public Charter School
Kurtistown, Hawaiʻi
General Undeclared
Lexa Oraʻa
Lahainaluna High School
Lahaina, Maui
Agriculture

Inspired by Discovery Scholarship Awards

Winner

Kelly Munro
Sunset High School
Portland, Oregon
Biology

Runner-Up

Maverick Akana
Kamehameha Schools Maui
Makawao, Maui
Hawaiian Studies

2019-2020 Inspired by Discovery Finalists

Heather Kekahuna
Honolulu Community College
Honolulu, Oʻahu
Exploratory Health Science
Adrienne Penix
Mountain View High School
Mountain View, California
Marine Science
Mia Rosa
Thomas Jefferson High School
Federal Way, Washington
Exploratory Health Science
Lauren Szeto
Academy of Science & Technology
Harrington Park, New Jersey
Chemistry
Kanaikoa Tolentino
Kamehameha Schools Kapālama
Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi
Kinesiology
Lorenzo Villela
La Jolla High School
La Jolla, California
Marine

Inspired by Innovation Scholarship Awards

Winner

Taylor Eleola
Hawaiʻi Baptist Academy
Kapolei, Oʻahu
Chemistry

Runner-Up

Alohi Akina
Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi
Keaʻau, Hawaiʻi
General Undeclared

2019-2020 Inspired by Innovation Finalists

Kapaiaʻalaopuna Earle
Kapiʻolani Community College
Honolulu, Oʻahu
Hawaiian Studies
Stephanie Hake
Wahkiakum High School
Cathlamet, Washington
Exploratory Health Science
Kennedy Hanohano
St. Andrew's Priory School
Waiʻanae, Oʻahu
Exploratory Health Science
Devin Jose
Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi
Keaʻau, Hawaiʻi
Anthropology
Sydney Lewis
Lewis Palmer High School
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Marine Science
Shannon Purdy
Kamehameha Schools Maui
Makawao, Maui
Hawaiian Studies

Inspired by Each Other Scholarship Awards

Winner

Kit Neikirk
Connections Public Charter School
Kurtistown, Hawaiʻi
General Undeclared

Runner-Up

Nanea Wall
Konawaena High School
Kealakekua, Hawaiʻi
Agriculture

2019-2020 Inspired by Each Other Finalists

Anya Amaral
King Kekaulike High School
Kahului, Maui
Hawaiian Studies
Vanessa Chavez
UH Maui College
Kahului, Maui
Exploratory Health Science
Cade Cowan
Pagosa Springs High School
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Marine Science
Rachel Goblet
Keaʻau High School
Pahoa, Hawaiʻi
General Undeclared
Katrina Rabang
Maui High School
Kihei, Maui
General Undeclared
Desteney Tili
Waiʻanae High School
Waiʻanae, Oʻahu
Business Administration

Inspired by You Scholarship Awards

2019-2020 Inspired by You Finalists

Chelsea Anne Agpaoa
Pāhoa High School
Pāhoa, Hawaiʻi
Psychology
Kahanu Cuban
Kamehameha Schools Kapālama
Hauʻula, Oʻahu
Hawaiian Studies
Abeba Holt
Haleakala Waldorf School
Haʻikū, Maui
Psychology
Andie Van Horn
Woodcreek High School
Roseville, California
Marine Science
Lexis Kalawe
Kamehameha Schools Kapālama
Kaunakakai, Molokaʻi
Agriculture
Jaslinn Kamaka-Mauhili
Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi
Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi
Business Administration
Jenelyn Lagua
Kapiʻolani Community College
Waipahu, Oʻahu
Kinesiology
Ginette Lolagne
Windward Community College
Kailua, Oʻahu
Accounting
Sophia Rodriguez
Kapaʻa High School
Kapaʻa, Kauaʻi
Agriculture
Summer Sagoonick
Frank A. Degnan High School
Unalakleet, Alaska
Marine Science
Jena Shidaki
Kapiʻolani Community College
Honolulu, Oʻahu
Communication
Linh Waddell
Hawaiʻi Community College
Keaʻau, Hawaiʻi
Psychology