Gushikuma, Mones, McCracken are 2013 Grove Farm Scholars

Trevor McCracken and Dawn Mones of Kapaa High School and Lucas Gushikuma of Kauai High School were named the 2013 Grove Farm Scholars.

The announcement was made at a special dinner at the Grove Farm’s Iliahi Estate to honor the students’ accomplishments during their years leading to graduation from high school.

“Grove Farm is a longtime supporter of numerous educational initiatives on Kauai,” said Warren Haruki, President and CEO of Grove Farm. “We created this merit-based scholarship opportunity as a way to support some of our island’s most civic-minded students and we are happy to partner with them as they embark on their continuing educational journey.”

Haruki said Gushikuma, McCracken and Mones are examples of students who recognize the value of strong community service and Grove Farm is honored to have them represent the company as its 2013 Grove Farm Scholars.

As a Grove Farm Scholar, each student earns a $5,000 scholarship per year for four years provided they continue their volunteerism and community service.

The son of Vicki and Kenneth Gushikuma of Kapaa, Lucas will be attending the University of Portland and will focus on pursuing a sports medicine career.

Trevor is the son of Colleen and Brian McCracken of Kapaa who will be attending the University of California, Los Angeles, with the goal of becoming a pediatric gastroenterologist.

Dawn is the daughter of Kay and George Mones of Kapaa. She will attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and plans to major in agriculture and plant sciences.

The nine finalists were interviewed by the Grove Farm Scholarship Selection Committee before the final three students were awarded scholarships valued at up to $20,000 each.

The Grove Farm Foundation awards up to three scholarships each year to eligible applicants who graduate from one of Kauai’s public high schools.

The program was started in 2010, and since its inception, Grove Farm has awarded a total of $150,000 in scholarship funds.

Visit www.grovefarm.com for more information.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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