LIHUE — Fujita & Miura Public Relations announced Uakea Jose of Kekaha as the 2017 FMPR Scholar and received a $1,000 scholarship to use toward her college expenses.
Jose graduated from Kamehameha High School at Kapalama and will receive her bachelor of arts degree from Loyola Marymount University in 2018 with a double major in psychology and communications studies.
“Uakea is the first of her family to attend a four-year institution. That alone is a great achievement, but she also has so many other accomplishments under her belt from being the marketing manager of an entertainment business to teaching children in LA how to play ukulele,” said Joy Miura Koerte, partner with FMPR. “Uakea has a beautiful heart and mind and we are so pleased to be able to contribute to her future.”
Jose graduated high school with a 3.83 GPA and maintains a 3.96 GPA in college. At Loyola Marymount University, she is the incoming marketing manager for Mane Entertainment and the president of the Creare Service Organization that focuses on creating opportunities for children.
She is a Student Service and Leadership Award Recipient, a member of the Alpha Kappa Nu: Jesuit Honor Society, and has been on the Dean’s List since 2014.
“My three key ‘loves’ and foundational aspects in my life are my Hawaiian culture, psychology, and music,” Jose said. “By combining all three, I plan to open my own private practice in marriage and family therapy with a holistic approach that includes music, art, and sustainability for Native Hawaiian people.”
Jose is the daughter of Brenda Jose and Richard Jose of Kekaha.
“I intend to go forward with the guidance of my history and culture because then in trying to serve it, I will have the tools and appreciation I need to do it justice,” she said.
Jenny Fujita, also a partner with FMPR, said Jose is an example of the kinds of scholars they love to support and see grow over the years.
“She is clearly a pioneer already and we have full faith that she will spend her life bettering the lives of others in our community,” Fujita said.