Lohelani Furtado-Gaspar

University of Hawaii — Manoa freshman Lohelani Furtado-Gaspar plans on majoring in social work and criminal justice. She’s inspired by organizations like Palama Settlement and Nā Pua Noʻeau because they reinforce the  importance of education.

I would like to personally thank each and everyone one of you who took part in selecting me to be a recipient of the AAUW scholarship. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to make my community a better place and now have the resources to do so. It is people like you who believe in the younger generation that really makes a change in the world. We are the future but you guys are the now and what you guys do now impacts how we change the future.

I have been working hard to achieve my high school goals for all four years and sometimes I wondered if it was all worth it, it is times like this that I can truly see how all hard work pays off. Thank you for not only choosing me as a recipient but also recognizing the hard work I have done to get where I am today.