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AAUW Scholarship Recipient: Haiying Li

Haiying Li was a 2019 recipient of AAUW Honolulu’s educational scholarship. She is an accounting major.

She wrote:

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for making the AAUW Honolulu Branch Educational Fund possible. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your support.

I am going to major in accounting with hopes of becoming an accountant in the future. The financial assistance you provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses, and it will allow me to concentrate more of my time for studying.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. I promise you I will work very hard and eventually give something back to others. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.

AAUW Scholarship Recipient: Ronja Steinbach

New Mexico native Ronja Steinbach dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. Despite coming from the land-locked state, she made the move to attend UH-Manoa.

AAUW Honolulu’s academic scholarship helped to make her dream a reality.

Dear AAUW Honolulu Branch,

I am honored and immensely grateful to have been selected as one of this year’s Educational Fund Scholarship recipients; thank you so much for your time, support, and generosity. Coming from the landlocked desert state of New Mexico, my enduring dreams of studying marine biology felt like a goal that was just out of reach. Now, due to your support, I am able to continue my out-of-state education at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where I am majoring in marine biology, minoring in botany, and seeking certificate degrees from the Honors Program and Marine Options Program. Through my academic pursuits, I plan to do innovative research in the marine ecosystem and someday share my knowledge by becoming a professor.

In the words of Drew Fuast, “We educate women because it is smart. We educate women because it changes the world.” I am a woman entering the STEM field; I am a woman seeking to learn more about the planet that supports us; I am a woman looking to conserve the ocean and the creatures that live within it; I am a woman seeking to use my scientific knowledge to create a more equitable world; I am a woman who wants positive change; I am a woman and through my education, I am taking the first step towards changing the world. Thank you, AAUW Honolulu Branch, for making that possible for me. The support of women in education is catalyzing the creation of a unified, informed, and positive community which will help us secure an ever-improving future. My main interest in marine fungi may seem unconventional towards creating these changes, but everything is connected and will have a domino effect. Thank you for starting the chain reaction. Thank you for empowering us women and supporting our academic endeavors. Thank you for being a role model in the community.

With gratitude,

Ronja Steinbach

 

AAUW Honolulu Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship Recipient: Caitlin Basilio

Caitlin Basilio has dreamed of becoming a pilot since she was a child but never believed a small-town island girl could make being a pilot her career.

Her journey began a year ago while she was living in Seattle. Caitlin was born and raised in Mililani and graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. in 2014 with her bachelor of arts in psychology and rhetoric and media studies, working in journalism and marketing.

Now living back on Oahu, she is working to complete her Private Pilot License and is moving forward to complete her ratings. She is passionate about flying and loving people.

In her free time, she loves to surf, hike, eat and spend time with friends and family — but she feels most at home soaring through the air, sitting at the controls of an aircraft.

AAUW Scholarship Recipient: Jamaica Aquino

Jamaica Aquino is continuing her education as a respiratory care practitioner at Kapiolani Community College as a second-year student, giving her experience in a hospital setting. During my clinical rotations, Jamaica’s learned to adapt to a new environment with each visit, while meeting interesting patients and gaining skills she could only gain in clinical environment.

She wants to continue her education at UH-West Oahu to obtain a bachelor’s degree — and she’s  excited to do her part to help in the current pandemic.

“By awarding me with the AAUW Honolulu Branch Educational Fund Scholarship, it certainly has lightened my financial burden as I balance school, work, volunteer and leisurely activities. And through the AAUW Organization, I have met many inspiring women who give meaning to the words ‘girl power,'” she said. “Again, your generosity is very much appreciated, and I hope to do my best in being a devoted member of our community. Despite the difficulties that have all come upon us, thank you for upholding our aloha spirit.”

AAUW Scholarships Recipient: Fiona Miranda

Fiona Miranda is a senior at the University of Hawaii at ​Manoa​ studying anthropology with a focus on forensic anthropology. She’s the vice president UH-Manoa’s anthropology club and a member of its graduate student mentoring program.

She’s engaged in research on clothing decomposition in different burial conditions, and after she graduates, she plans work towards an advanced degree in forensic anthropology.

“Receiving this scholarship allows me to focus more on my studies, my research, and the extracurricular activities that I am involved in. It also relieves much of my financial burden, since I pay for tuition by myself through part-time work,” she said.

Talk Story Tuesdays (August 2020)

We’re all self-isolating, but that doesn’t mean we have to be apart.

Join us for a virtual Talk Story Tuesday. Meet and mingle with other AAUW Honolulu members, all from the comfort of your own home!

Hear from grant awardees Grace Arends, Lindsay Young, and Momilani Marshall about their experiences with AAUW Honolulu’s grant — and keep an eye out for applications for the grant!

Are the high costs of conferences, meetings, seminars and certifications are holding you back from advancing in your industry? Consider applying for an AAUW Honolulu Career and Leadership Development Grant!

At Talk Story Tuesdays we engage in great conversations on the topics of today that impact women and girls in Hawaii.

We’ll mingle and catch up from 5:30 to 6 pm, and this time will also allow attendees to familiarize themselves with the Free Conference Call platform and receive informal tech support if needed.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 ~ 6 pm-7:30 pm

You’ll receive a link for the video conference when you RSVP!

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Talk Story Tuesdays (June 2020)

We’re all self-isolating, but that doesn’t mean we have to be apart.

Join us for a virtual Talk Story Tuesday. Meet and mingle with other AAUW Honolulu members, all from the comfort of your own home!

We’ll be discussing women in small business and challenges women face re-entering the workforce, especially in the context of the pandemic.

Cynthia Yamasaki and Julie Percell from the Small Business Administration will be our guests!

At Talk Story Tuesdays we engage in great conversations on the topics of today that impact women and girls in Hawaii.

We’ll mingle and catch up from 5:30 to 6 pm, and this time will also allow attendees to familiarize themselves with the Free Conference Call platform and receive informal tech support if needed.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 ~ 5:30-7:30pm

You’ll receive a link for the video conference when you RSVP!

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AAUW Honolulu Annual Meeting (2020)

Join AAUW Honolulu for our Annual Meeting on May 21!

AAUW Honolulu will be holding this meetup online due to current circumstances.

Find out how we’ve made an impact in the lives of women and girls in Hawaii! We’ll also discuss our plans and programs for the upcoming year.

Know a friend or family member who’s interested in issues that affect women and girls? Invite them to our meeting! This event is free.

WHEN: May 21, 2019, 6 pm to 7:30 pm

This is a virtual meeting via Free Conference Call, with options to call in via phone.

You’ll receive a link for the video conference the day before the event.

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