Waimea alum awarded HSJGA scholarship

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    In this March 19, 2016, file photo, Waimea’s Samantha Nichols blasts out of the bunker at the Puakea No. 1 green during the KIF Golf Round No. 3.

Hawaii State Junior Golf Association announced Tuesday it has awarded more than $40,000 to members and alumni through grants and scholarships for 2018.

Among the recipients is Waimea High School alumna Samantha Nichols, who was awarded $2,000. Nichols is in her second year Knox College in Galesburg, Il.

Other recipients are:

– Trevor Hirata of Hilo, awarded $4,000, senior at University of Hawaii at Manoa, plays for the men’s golf team

– Matthew Rosato of Kailua-Kona, awarded $5,500, currently in his second year at Pepperdine University

– Keliiokalani Kamelamela-Dudoit, awarded $2,000, plans to attend UH Manoa in the fall

– Rilen Loo, awarded $2,000, currently attends Punahou School and plans to attend college at Seattle University in the fall

– Cole Shintaku of Honolulu, awarded $2,000, in his second year at Santa Clara University

The inaugural HSJGA Athlete Assistance program awarded 10 juniors a total of $6,300.00. The intent of the program is to support members with competitive golf travel throughout the year.

The HSJGA also subsidized travel costs for 16 members who attended national team events on the Mainland this summer in Oregon, California, Colorado and Wyoming. Total funds granted were $12,400.00.

In addition to the national team events, the HSJGA awarded travel stipends to three juniors who attended USGA National Championships including the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur this summer totaling $4,000.00.

The HSJGA awards college scholarships each spring to deserving applicants through the Thos Rohr College Scholarship Fund, Pard &Betsy Erdman College Scholarship Fund and the HSJGA College Scholarship Fund.

HSJGA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that introduces golf and its competitive traditions to the youth of Hawaii.

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