UH Hilo Alumni & Friends announces 2013-14 scholarship recipients

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Date: Monday, July 15, 2013
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Alumni and Friends Association recently awarded a $2,500 scholarship to each of its 2013-14 scholarship recipients: Norine Fitzgerald, Micah Glasgow, Victoria Vrooman and Christopher Yoakum.

Fitzgerald graduated from Aiea High School and is seeking a B.B.A. in business administration. As a parent of a child whose learning capabilities were inhibited by anti-seizure medication, Fitzgerald is especially sensitive to the challenges of students with special needs. She intends to further her education at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and become a special education teacher.

Glasgow is a graduate of Waiakea High School and is currently the only Native Hawaiian student in the Pharmaceutical Science doctoral program. His current research includes nanotechnology for the treatment of neuroblastoma and lung cancer. He hopes to use variations of this drug delivery method to potentially treat other diseases found within the State of Hawai‘i.

Vrooman graduated from Waiakea High School and is pursuing her graduate degree in counseling psychology. Her thesis compares the effects of domestic violence between individuals in local Hawaiian and European American cultures. Her future plans include interning at the local prison and attending a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. She would like to work in a prison as a full-time psychologist where she can “work with the people that need the most help.”

Yoakum is a graduate of Hilo High School and is enrolled in the communication program with a minor in history. Following graduation, he intends to serve overseas as a teacher in the Peace Corps then pursue a graduate degree in journalism. His goal is to become a writer and foreign correspondent for a media agency.

For nearly a decade, the UH Hilo Alumni and Friends Association has supported deserving UH Hilo students through its scholarship program. To date, 29 students have received the award.

To support the scholarship program at UH Hilo, call (808) 974-7501 or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/alumni/scholarship.

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