The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) launched THINK (The Hawaii Island New Knowledge) Fund to provide opportunities for Hawai‘i Island students to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). TMT’s founding gift of $1 million marks the beginning of the construction phase of astronomy’s next-generation telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i.
The Pauahi Foundation was selected by TMT to administer post-high scholarships and grants funded through THINK Fund. Through this partnership, the Foundation will receive $250,000 and will have autonomy in administering and determining scholarship and grant recipients, as well as the selection and governance of advisory committees.
“With Hawai‘i Island having the second largest population of Native Hawaiians in the state, our partnership with TMT provides much-needed financial support for Hawaiian learners from Hawai‘i Island to pursue educational opportunities in STEM,” said Keawe Liu, Executive Director at the Pauahi Foundation.
Advisory committee members of THINK Fund at the Pauahi Foundation are Roberta Chu, Kaeo Duarte, Leina‘ala Enos, David Ka‘apu, Bob Lindsey, Gail Makuakane-Lundin and Maile Wong.
THINK Fund at the Pauahi Foundation is open to all Hawai‘i Island students with a preference given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. Scholarship applications will be available online on February 4, 2015 at www.pauahi.org/scholarships/.