Scholarship and Alumni News

SCHOLARSHIP NEWS

This is the first year Hawaii Community Foundation is administering our academic scholarships. HCF receives the applications and oversees the review process by a panel of community volunteers. The panel screens and selects applicants based on criteria provided by the AAUW Honolulu Branch Educational Foundation Trustees.

We met three of our awardees at the HCF awards brunch and would like to share a bit about them with you here. Part of the value of participating in the HCF application process is that our applicants are automatically considered for other scholarships that they qualify for administered by HCF. The three awardees at the HCF brunch reported that a total of seven additional scholarships were awarded to them outside of the AAUW Honolulu scholarship!

Jasmine Choy, Major: Social Work and Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Jasmine Choy

Jasmine Choy
Major: Social Work and Political Science
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Senior

What is important to you about receiving the AAUW Honolulu scholarship?
The scholarship helps me continue schooling and lessens the financial burden of how I am going to pay for school. I’m a single mom of four and I have to make money work for five of us. The scholarship gives me hope and encouragement that I’m on the right path and that someone finds value in me outside of myself. We all like to feel appreciated: I put a lot of effort into making sure I do well in school and this shows that my hard work pays off.

Alana Fuller Tanaka, Major: Nursing, Chaminade University

Alana Fuller Tanaka

Alana Fuller Tanaka
Major: Nursing
Chaminade University, Sophomore

What is important to you about receiving the AAUW Honolulu scholarship?
The scholarship is a big opportunity to continue my studies. Thinking about how I’m going to pay tuition is such a heavy burden. Having AAUW reach out to help means a lot. Sometimes it gets very overwhelming, both emotionally and mentally, when you’re on your own, and this scholarship will really help. I’m working two jobs, so the scholarship will help me be able to focus more on school.

Elisabeth Kurashige, Major: Counseling Psychology, Chaminade University

Elisabeth Kurashige

Elisabeth Kurashige
Major: Counseling Psychology
Chaminade University, Master’s program

Elisabeth has a Bachelor in Fine Arts in dance with a minor in psychology and teaches ballet and modern dance to both children and adults.

What is important to you about receiving the AAUW Honolulu scholarship?
From a financial standpoint, receiving the AAUW Honolulu Scholarship has been key in reducing the amount of debt I will have to accrue as a graduate student, which will be extremely beneficial as I look to start my career. Additionally, it is an honor to be associated with an organization that has such a widespread impact upon the education and vocation of women. I look forward to forging a connection with the AAUW and the inspiring empowerment that they accomplish.

ALUMNI NEWS

The scholarship committee is charged with maintaining an alumni outreach program. We have reached out to our alumni with an invitation to attend the Annual Scholarship Awards Brunch on August 30. We will be maintaining a list of past awardees and sharing news and information about them with you. This month we feature exciting news and a thank you letter from Rachel Hoerman PhD candidate in Anthropology (archeology) who received her award in 2014. As you can see, she is very talented and destined for greatness! She received our scholarship and an AAUW National Dissertation Fellowship, as well as a Fulbright. If you would like to participate on the scholarship committee click here to learn more about the committee and to contact the committee chair.

Art from Rachel Hoerman, 2014 AAUW Honolulu (HI) branch scholarship and 2015-16 AAUW American Fellowship awardee.

An enhanced digital image of ancient human cave drawings from Malaysian Borneo taken by Rachel Hoerman, 2014 AAUW Honolulu (HI) branch scholarship and 2015-16 AAUW American Fellowship awardee.

 

Letter from Rachel Hoerman, 2014 AAUW Honolulu (HI) branch scholarship and 2015-16 AAUW American Fellowship awardee.

Letter from Rachel Hoerman, 2014 AAUW Honolulu (HI) branch scholarship and 2015-16 AAUW American Fellowship awardee.

Letter from Rachel Hoerman, 2014 AAUW Honolulu (HI) branch scholarship and 2015-16 AAUW American Fellowship awardee.

Letter from Rachel Hoerman, 2014 AAUW Honolulu (HI) branch scholarship and 2015-16 AAUW American Fellowship awardee.

Postcard from Rachel Hoerman, 2014 AAUW Honolulu (HI) branch scholarship and 2015-16 AAUW American Fellowship awardee.

Postcard from Rachel Hoerman, 2014 AAUW Honolulu (HI) branch scholarship and 2015-16 AAUW American Fellowship awardee.