UH Hilo to share $10 million in federal education grants

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has been selected as one of six Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) to be awarded approximately $10 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Education.

UH Hilo and the five other institutions were selected as the first recipients of this historic program due to their exceptional five-year plans to address the specific needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. The grant covers a two-year period ending September 30, 2010, with the University receiving $405, 463 in year one and $437, 820 in the second year for a total of $843, 283.

"We are honored that UH Hilo has been selected as one of only six institutions nationwide to be awarded grants through this new program,” said Chancellor Rose Tseng. “With our Pacific location and commitment to meeting the needs of a diverse student population, it is quite fitting that UH Hilo has been selected for this program designed for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions."

The AANAPISI program was established in 2007. It was expanded in scope and extended to 2013 through the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Like many minority serving institutions, AANAPISI seeks to increase the capacity of higher education institutions to better serve disadvantaged college students. Though individual plans between the awarded institutions differ, all six applications include outreach to their respective surrounding AAPI communities to encourage youth to pursue post secondary education.

UH Hilo’s plan seeks to engage students in various “high impact” activities aimed at deepening their levels of engagement and improving their success in college. Activities will include opportunities for on-campus employment and internships, assisting faculty members with research projects, and tutoring and mentoring students in local schools.

Another aim is to position the University as a distinguished resource for the study of the Pacific by revising the Pacific Island Studies certificate program, expanding and strengthening Pacific-related library materials, and developing a Pacific-focused speaker series.

“This is an exciting new program for UH Hilo,” said Tseng. “The AANAPISI initiative will build on our strengths in providing opportunities for active learning in research, internships, and community service for students, as well as being a leader in the study of Asian, Hawaiian, Pacific and other indigenous cultures.”

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