June 20, 2021 at 2:04 p.m. HST
* Updated June 20, 9:12 a.m.
With the generous support of the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU), the dreams of eight high school graduates on the Island of Hawaii are closer. The credit union’s annual scholarship program provides students with a $ 3,000 scholarship to attend two- or four-year colleges in the upcoming school year. The high school graduates were selected from a field of 167 applications from 17 Big Island high schools. The Yasunori Deguchi Scholarship is specifically designed for a college graduate who is currently in college or going back to college. Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union has provided scholarships to students on the island of Hawaii for more than 35 years.
The eight fellowships are named after a volunteer or manager who made significant contributions to the credit union. The earned students are:
• The John Y. Iwane Scholarship was presented to Shwe Win, a graduate of Hilo High School. Shwe plans to attend Harvard University to pursue a career in biochemistry.
• The Peter T. Hirata Fellowship was awarded to Eloise Robertson of Parker School, who plans to pursue a career in political science and international relations at Brown University.
• The Albert Akana Fellowship was presented to Phoenix Spencer by the West Hawaii Explorations Academy’s Public Charter School. Phoenix plans a career in communication disorders and sciences at the University of Oregon.
• The Katsumasa Tomita Scholarship was awarded to Mersaydeez-Kathryne Rocha of Konawaena High School. Mersaydeez-Kathryne plans a career in Exploratory Health at Palamanui Community College.
• The Frank Ishii Scholarship was presented to Naia Kipling of Kealakehe High School. Naia will pursue a career in fashion design.
• The Mitsugi Inaba Scholarship was awarded to Sheilyn Subia of Honokaa High School. Sheilyn will pursue a career in the medical humanities on a pre-med track at Baylor University.
• The Michael Asam Scholarship was presented to Mark Sahagun from Kohala High School. Mark plans to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa to pursue a career in business administration.
• The Yasunori Deguchi Scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Kamimura, a Hilo High School graduate. Jennifer is currently attending Pacific Lutheran University to pursue a career in the communications industry.