Gratitude, Diversity And Service Mark This Year’s Scholarship Winners

AAUW Honolulu celebrated its scholarship awardees during an Annual Scholarship Brunch and Recognition event at Honolulu’s Outrigger Canoe Club August 30, 2015. Twelve local women took advantage of $50,000 of financial assistance to pursue a variety of educational endeavors.

Of the 12 AAUW Honolulu Scholarship recipients, half are pursuing undergraduate degrees in areas ranging from social work and nursing to anthropology. Five recipients are pursuing graduate degrees in areas that include mental health counseling, psychology and social work. And one awardee – a private pilot – is using her funds to advance her aviation qualifications. We spoke at length with two of our awardees at the Annual Scholarship Brunch and Recognition event and would like to share a bit about them with you here.

Brianne Lyn Nagamine
Scholarship1Major: Social Work
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Expected Graduation: May 2017

What is important to you about receiving the AAUW Honolulu scholarship?
So far the biggest obstacle to pursuing my dream has been financial. Without the scholarship, I don’t know if I would have been able to pursue my degree. It puts me one-step so much closer to accomplishing my educational goals. Balancing school and work is really difficult as a single person making the scholarship particularly beneficial, but it’s also an honor. I’m connected to other women through AAUW in the community. The scholarship empowers women like me with a voice to create change. I am part of that community now.

An interesting fact about Brianne:

I have been a child welfare advocate for over five years with the Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition and Kids Hurt Too Hawaii. This past summer I had the privilege to intern in Senator Schatz office in D.C through the Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute Foster Youth Internship Program. I will be going back to DC a week from now because I have received a grant to start up my own project that where I will continue to help foster youth heal from trauma and provide them with protective factors that can decrease their risk for suicide.

 Shannon Christensen

Area of Study: Global Aviation Program
Utah Valley University, Global Online Student
Flight Training at Maui Aviators

What is important to you about receiving the AAUW Honolulu scholarship?
I earned my private pilot license with Tweet T. Coleman support, and am using this year’s scholarship award to complete my instrument training. The first obvious benefit to the scholarship is the financial help. The cost of training in Maui is among the highest in the nation. But the other thing that is important is in knowing that someone is believing in you and wants to support you. You cannot put a price on that. For me it’s motivating and confidence building to have this kind of a community to help. Now that I am a member of AAUW Maui I can pay it all forward which is important to me as well.


Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will open on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Early application deadline is Friday, January 29, 2016.  Applicants who turn in a completed application by the early application deadline will have their applications reviewed to verify if supporting documents have been submitted.  If not, students will have the opportunity to re-submit correct documents by the final deadline.

The application deadline for the AAUW Honolulu Branch Scholarship is 4:00pm (HST) on Thursday, February 18, 2016