Waimea Alumni & Friends present scholarships

WAIMEA — Six members of the Waimea High School Class of 2016 received $1,000 scholarships from the Waimea Alumni & Friends Foundation at the annual Scholarship Dinner at the Waimea Neighborhood Center.

A hard worker with a “never-give-up” attitude, Hope Coyaso will be attending Hawaii Pacific University. “I would like to be a social worker, with a concentration in domestic issues to give back to Hawaii for all that it has allowed me to become by helping end bad cycles and instead to continue on as well as create good ones that enable our state to be the best it can be.”

Recipient of numerous awards ranging from school to regional to national and even international, Julia Hirano will be attending Creighton University with a goal to become a pediatric dentist. “I would work toward bettering the health of children in my home town and help the community that made me who I am today.”

Inspired by watching a family member through illness, Genessa Jardin will be attending Pacific University in Oregon with hopes of becoming a pharmacist. “I want to be able to help people, and get them the medication they need to live a long, happy life.”

A young man with leadership skills and a commitment to excellence, Riley Saiki will be attending the University of Portland in Oregon next year. “After earning my degree in engineering, I plan to find a job and find a place to live in Hawaii.”

Melia Okura is the recipient of the 2016 Daniel Suga Memorial Scholarship. Melia will be attending Brown University to study computer science. “I moved to the island of Kauai when I was in the third grade, and every day I am thankful for the opportunity to grow up in such a beautiful place.”

Recipient of the first Kyoto Fujita Merit Scholarship is Brandon Ijima, who will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno and majoring in engineering. He hopes to “work for a few years in a big company like Google, but then return to Kauai and find a job locally so I can give back to the community that has supported me all my life.”

Since 2003, the Waimea Alumni & Friends Foundation has awarded more than $65,000 in scholarships and awards to outstanding seniors. The money has been raised through fundraisers and donations.

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