The Pauahi Foundation finished the 2014-15 fiscal year with over $364,000 in scholarships awarded to Native Hawaiian students pursuing a post-high education. This was a 21 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. In total, over 200 students received a scholarship from the Foundation.
“Our donors are the main reason for the tremendous growth in scholarships,” said Mavis Shiraishi-Nagao, scholarship services manager at the Foundation. “We are thankful for their passion and commitment to creating positive impact in the Hawaiian community through education.”
To honor donors, the Foundation brought them together on June 25th to celebrate at the annual Ko‘olua reception at Ka‘iwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center on the Kapālama campus. The reception provides donors with the opportunity to meet their recipients, and see the value they bring by helping these students receive an education.
Besides the beautiful Hawaiian music from Māhiehie and ‘ono Hawaiian food, Ko‘olua guests had the opportunity to hear the inspiring testimony of Brent Nakihei, a recipient of the Foundation’s Makaloa Scholarship. Nakihei spoke of his journey throughout life from his struggles with drugs and alcohol to turning his life around with God and pursing his post-high education. Today, he has two associate degrees, a bachelor’s in social science, and is currently pursuing a master’s in social work, not to mention, working as a counselor at Ho‘okupa‘a Drug Treatment Center on Moloka‘i, which is the same treatment center he entered for his past struggles.
“To whom much is given, much is expected. I’m fortunate and blessed to exemplify these words as a recipient of a Pauahi Foundation scholarship,” said Nakihei. “It is with pleasure I carry on the knowledge and continue to seek higher education in the halls of learning.”
The scholarship application will be available in November 2015 for graduating seniors from Kamehameha Schools and February 2016 for public applicants.
For additional information on our scholarship program or how to establish a scholarship fund, please call (808) 534-3966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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