Several Kauai students were named recipients of scholarships. They include:
• The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas announced the 2015 recipients for its third annual scholarship program.
Graduating seniors Ariel Cummings of Kilauea and Hazel-Lyn Jarquio of Kapaa each received $1,500, and University of Hawaii at Manoa student Kekoa Dolor of Kapaa received $1,000.
A recent graduate of Kapaa High School, Cummings will attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix to pursue a degree in business administration and management. Her mother is Lani Cummings, senior marketing services coordinator, and her grandmother is Lilay Layaoen, a cook at The Westin Princeville.
Jarquio graduated from Kapaa High School with a 4.0 GPA, and will attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing to become a nurse practitioner specializing in pediatrics. Her father is Nato Jarquio in the Princeville Market at the resort.
Dolor is a student at UH Manoa. He looks forward to graduating from the university and continuing to medical school to pursue a doctorate degree in psychiatry. Dolor’s father is Dante Dolor, a shuttle driver at the resort.
The annual scholarship funds are raised through year-round, resortwide efforts by Westin Princeville staff. Children and grandchildren of Westin Princeville associates are eligible to apply for the yearly educational scholarship.
• Kauai High School senior Kiana Okino is the recipient of the 2015 Kapaia Foundation $1,000 scholarship award. She is the daughter of Bryan and Kimberly Okino. Ranked first in a class of 250 seniors, she graduated from Kauai High School with a 4.099 GPA.
Kiana’s grandparents worked for the sugar plantation in Waimea for more than 38 years. She credits their tireless and long days of work for enabling her to pursue her dreams. She plans to attend the University of Portland in Oregon, majoring in political science.
Kapaia Foundation is a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and promote the rich history of Kapaia Valley.
• Hayden Guest received the Larry Ching Memorial Scholarship. The Hanalei school sixth-grader is the son of Jeff and Karin Guest residents of Princeville. The $3,000 memorial scholarship was established in memory of the late Larry Ching as an incentive for the student to continue their education and enroll into a college or university, following graduation from highschool.
• Kauai’s Young Women Christian Association recently applauded student Jenna Stone as the organization presented the Kapaa High School graduate with the first YWCA education scholarship.
In her essay for the scholarship, Stone wrote about how she would like to live in a world that includes women as equal participants in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM fields and is more environmentally sustainable.
Stone has also won many other awards for her dedication to her community, including being recognized as an outstanding vice president for the Hawaii Key Club. She has won other awards at the Hawaii State Science Fair. She has also volunteered at the Kauai Humane Society, the Kumuola Plant Restoration Project and is an alumnus of the YWCA Girl’s Camp Program.
This year Stone is plans to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa ,where she intends to study environmental engineering with an emphasis on renewable energy.