UH Hilo announces 2017 Dorrance Scholarship recipients

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Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

Ten high school seniors from Hawaiʻi Island who are enrolling this fall at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have been awarded the Dorrance Scholarship.

The 2017 Dorrance Scholarship recipients and their schools are:

* Jeffrey Cushing, Kealakehe High School
* Stephanie Lewis, Kohala High School
* Jaylyn Mahoe-Subica, Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School
* Nicole Garza, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi
* Kamamaluwaiwai Wichimai, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi
* Chayna Yoshida, Kea`au High School
* Joy Boswell, Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts and Science
* Emme Furuya, Hilo High School
* Tharin Lewi-Ohashi, Konawaena High School
* Alanna Pabre, Konawaena High School

The Dorrance Scholarship was established by Bennett and Jacquie Dorrance at the Arizona Community Foundation in June 1999. The innovative, four-year, need-based award provides local students who are the first in their family to attend college, up to $10,000 a year in direct financial assistance. Recipients will also participate in a custom-designed summer bridge program, international travel, conservation experience, an entrepreneurship program and employment preparation, bringing the total estimated value of each award to more than $90,000.

“The Dorrance Scholarship has become a model for providing educational opportunities to first-generation college students,” said Chancellor Don Straney. “Their generous gift helps us to address that need, which is a core part of UH Hilo’s mission.”

The Dorrance Foundation began offering up to 10 scholarships a year to Hawai’i Island high school graduates attending UH Hilo in 2012. The latest awards bring the total number of recipients to 59.

For more information about the Dorrance Scholarship, visit
www.dorrancescholarship.org or contact Mathew Estrada, program coordinator,
Dorrance Scholarship Programs, at mestrada@azfoundation.org or (808) 339-4500.

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