Students earn Rotary scholarships

PO‘IPU — School starts next week so the stories will have to wait for the three scholarship recipients.

Kristen Yanagawa, Pamela Ganotisi and Hanson Razos were enthusiastically applauded by Chef Martina Hilldorfer, one of the Kaua‘i Community College culinary arts department instructors, as the trio were announced as recipients of scholarships from the Rotary Club of Po‘ipu Beach during the club’s meeting Wednesday.

“You’re going to have to talk the next time you come back,” said Rotarian Terry Smith of the Rotary Club’s scholarship committee, as he presented each student with an $800 scholarship before a podium banner announcing “Make dreams real.”

Smith said that each student received a $1,600 scholarship with half being presented at the start of the school year, and the other half coming after the student successfully completes the year.

Hilldorfer was especially pleased that her students received their scholarship awards during a visit by the Rotary District Governor Ayman El-Dakhakhim who was visiting the club’s weekly meeting.

That visit coincided with a fellowship picnic scheduled for later in the day where all the Rotary clubs on the island had an opportunity to gather for fellowship and fun, said RCPB president Roberta Charles.

The three students are not the first scholarship recipients, as earlier, the Rotary Club of Po‘ipu Beach had presented scholarships to students in the Nursing program.

On its Web site, the RCPB lists U‘ilani Corr and Lisa McDown as recipients of scholarships through the “Growing Our Own Teachers” program headed up by University of Hawai‘i faculty and cohort coordinator Dr. Kani Blackwell.

The RCPB Web site lists the Frances Dillon Memorial Scholarships as just one of seven of its scholarship programs which benefit high school and college students.

Funds for these scholarships are generated through several different fundraising events, one of which is the 2008-09 Wine Education Seminar coming up Oct. 18 at the Living Room at Gaylord’s.

Tickets and reservations for this event are available through any of the RCPB members for $50 each. An optional wine-paired dinner which follows the seminar is available for $99.

Alan Jahns, the wine educator for JMD Beverages will introduce new releases as well as have information on the latest winemaking and regional information for each of the items presented in the 90-minute seminar.

The fee includes all course materials and wine and is the first in a series of wine education seminars for both the experienced and aspiring oenophiles.

For more information, contact any of the RCPB members or visit the club’s Web site at


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