LIHUE — Garden Island Federal Credit Union recently presented $1,000 scholarship awards to three graduating high school seniors: Brayden Antonio, Deanna Sloger and Nainoa Kaulukukui. Each recipient is a member of Garden Island Federal Credit Union, and will be enrolling full-time to an accredited university in the fall semester.
All applicants were considered based on financial need, academic merit, community service, extra curricular activities, awards and achievements, personal essay and letters of recommendation.
“This is Garden Island Federal Credit Union’s fourth year offering a scholarship program,” said Stephanie Shinno, Garden Island FCU’s marketing coordinator. “We are so impressed by all of the recipients and the accomplishments they have made so far. We are honored to help these students grow in their education.”
“Our scholarship committee thoroughly reviewed each student’s application and letters of recommendations,” Shinno said. “The three applicants were extremely close in every criteria, and their community service records were outstanding.”
Antonio holds a 4.043 GPA from Kauai High School. Antonio has been on the honor roll for three years of high school. He participated in the student government. Through the Leo Club, has served the community as a member, and was a participant of the Malama Huleia. He was also a lector for the Holy Cross Catholic Church’s Youth Ministry. He plans to study business administration at California Polytechnic State University.
Sloger holds a 3.3 GPA from Island School and has been on the honor roll for two years. Sloger has participated and excelled in school sports and clubs such as air riflery, robotics, bowling and cross country. Her participation in community services include the Kauai Humane Society, as a teacher’s assistant and counselor and as a helper at the “In His Name Soup Kitchen.” Sloger plans to will study biology and outdoor leadership at Simpson University.
Kaulukukui holds a 3.3 GPA from Kamehameha School. He has been on the honor roll for two years. Kaulukukui’s activities include participation in speech and debate, student government, Sweet Things Club, and in the Young Entrepreneurs Club. His community services include the “Mauna Ala cleaning” and the “Homeless Lunch Day.” Kaulukukui will be attending Seattle Pacific University to study political science.
Class of 2016 high school seniors interested in applying for next year’s scholarship may call Shinno at 245-2712 ext. 8761.