Kathryn Strong was awarded $2,000, and Amanda Alvarado, Kaylee DeCambra, Liesl Nayeli, and Kaimalie Zierker each received $1,000 awards.
The American Association of University Women, Hilo Branch, has selected five impressive, dynamic women for scholarship awards for the academic year 2018-2019. Kathryn Strong was awarded $2,000, and Amanda Alvarado, Kaylee DeCambra, Liesl Nayeli, and Kaimalie Zierker each received $1,000 awards. The recipients are all students at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.
Strong has spent 13 years working in the environmental health field. She studied nursing in college. She then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for three years in Cambodia, working to improve health care education at a village health clinic. Her current goal is a master degree in the UH Hilo tropical conservation biology and environmental science program.
Alvarado is seeking to complete a master of arts in counseling psychology at UH Hilo. Her research interests include PTSD, trauma, adolescent mental health, sexual trauma and forensic interviewing. After obtaining her degree she hopes to apply for grants and funding to open a facility for local youth who need extra attention, motivation and positive role models.
DeCambra is double majoring in sociology, and gender and women’s studies, as well as pursuing certificates in educational studies and Spanish. After graduating with her baccalaureate degrees, she plans on entering the counseling psychology graduate program at UH Hilo. Growing up in Hawai‘i, she sees this as a great opportunity to work with the Hawai‘i community and advocate for better support of the people here.
Nayeli is working to complete a bachelor of arts in psychology from UH Hilo. She is doing a practicum in psychology with a program called Self Discovery Through Art. The program works with adults with chronic mental illness using cognitive behavioral therapy and art as medicine.
Zirker is a mother of a second grade son and is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing at UH Hilo. She hopes to combine her love of flying with her love for saving lives, by working with air ambulance services.