UH Hilo Alumni & Friends announces 2014-15 scholarship recipients

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Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Alumni and Friends Association awarded three students its 2014-15 scholarship for $1,500 each to be applied toward their education at UH Hilo.

Sydney Cabanas graduated from Waiakea High School and is seeking a B.A. in political science with a minor in economics. Her goal is to help forge beneficial diplomatic relations between the United States and other countries. “I want to be a medium between two different worlds, and for them to be able to see that in fact they aren’t as different as they may think.”

“My kingdom will be a kingdom of learning.” This statement by King Kamehameha III inspired Alexander Guerrero to further his college education and become a Hawaiian leader in his community. He feels fortunate to have received a traditional Hawaiian education through Kamehameha Schools-Maui, and is currently pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Hawaiian studies, anthropology and history, with the intent of enrolling in the master’s and doctorate Indigenous Language and Culture Education programs at UH Hilo.

Ashli Hirai “strives to care for animals through a powerful pairing of compassion and immense knowledge of veterinary medicine.” A graduate of Waiakea High School, Hirai is working on a B.S. in animal science (pre-veterinary studies) with a minor in biology, in preparation for a doctor of veterinary medicine graduate program. She is not only passionate about animals, but also about the science of veterinary medicine and ultimately wants to serve Hilo as a clinical veterinarian.

The UH Hilo Alumni and Friends Association has awarded 32 UH Hilo students with this scholarship in the past decade. The UH Hilo Alumni and Friends Association organizes two signature events annually to fund these scholarships: the Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament, to be held at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on Saturday, October 25, and the Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards Banquet, to be held in February 2015.

Anyone interested in supporting the scholarship program at UH Hilo or to sign-up for any fundraising event may call the UH Hilo Marketing and Alumni Office or visit https://hilo.hawaii.edu/alumni/.

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