HPU awards four Hawaiʻi high school seniors full four-year scholarships

December 19, 2016

HONOLULU HAWAI‘I – Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) proudly announced today the four local high school winners of the #HPU4Hawaii Scholarship Challenge. The annual competition rewards students for their academic achievements and the development of original ideas that will positively impact Hawaiʻi’s future. 

“Designed to encourage Hawai‘i’s youth to think creatively about solutions that positively impact the state, and the world, the challenge is a sample of the type of innovative learning curriculum students can expect at HPU,” said Greg Grauman, VP of Enrollment Management at HPU. “It’s a privilege to help these young minds actively confront and solve problems in their home state. We are honored to be a part of these students’ journey to make tangible difference in Hawaiʻi.”

Following the #HPU4Hawaii Scholarship Challenge workshops this past October and the final stage of the competition, where finalists pitched their ideas to a panel of judges earlier this month, the four students were surprised with the announcement at their respective schools.

The #HPU4Hawaii Scholarship Challenge winners are:

  • Lyka Mae Corotan, W.R. Farrington High School

    Macy Ferguson, Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus

  • Kaimana Idica, Kamehameha Schools, Maui Campus

  • Melodie Amber Williams-Aduja, Mid Pacific Institute

The selected students now have the opportunity to take advantage of a full tuition scholarship to HPU’s world-class education, where they will develop strategic and practical skill that they can apply directly to their communities and the world. 

“This program is a direct advancement of Hawai‘i’s local students,” added Grauman. “It inspires them to think critically about their home, leveraging HPU’s exceptional resources to make real a real difference.”

With 5,600 students from all 50 states, over 65 countries, and more than 400 study abroad programs in 70 different countries, these local students will join a unique international learning community in addition to the opportunity to pursue global learning experiences. This Scholarship Challenge is one example of HPU’s generous financial packages and enrollment benefits for kama‘āina that not only prompts critical thinking, but encourages community and global engagement.

For link to pictures of all of the award presentations and VNR of the Kamehameha Kapalama and W.R. Farrington High School presentations, click here