39th Annual Mokihana Club music scholarship

Midnight March 7 marks the deadline for graduating high school senior students of piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, or voice to submit their completed applications for a 2008 Mokihana Club music scholarship.

Applicants must have resided on Kaua‘i a minimum of four months prior to April 2; plan to attend an accredited college, university or vocational school, or if pursuing a professional music career, study with a qualified music teacher; be recommended by a teacher and two other non-family adults; express a seriousness of purpose toward music; provide a copy of their academic school record; and bring their own instrument to the competition (except for piano, which will be provided).

Applications are available through teachers at all Kaua‘i high schools and many private music teachers, or by calling Carolyn Knepper at 826-1944. The competition, not based on financial need, will be held on April 2 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lihu‘e United Church Parish Hall. Scholarships of at least $1,000 will be awarded to winning applicants.

Last year the Mokihana Club awarded $7,000 in scholarships to competition winners. Since the program was begun in 1970, the Club has awarded scholarships totaling over $90,000 to college-bound music students.

The Mokihana Club, a women’s community service and cultural organization founded in 1905, raises scholarship money through an annual Christmas gala luncheon, endowment funds and individual donations.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage talented graduating Kaua‘i students to continue their studies at institutions of higher learning.

The Mokihana Club will hold its regular monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Lihu‘e United Church Parish Hall, 4340 Old Nawilliwilli Road.

This month’s presenter, Karma Knudsen, will perform four light-hearted comedy sketches. A cultural and community service women’s organization since 1905, the Mokihana Club has pioneered for a public library, worked on island beautification and health issues, assisted the YWCA Women’s Shelter, awarded music scholarships for high-school students, and provided nursing scholarships for students at KCC. For more information call 821-2727.


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