Grove Farm honors 3 seniors

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Grove Farm Scholars Mayumi Fulgencio, from left, Juliana Tampas and Samantha Bostick wait to conduct a video interview in the Grove Farm conference room in Puhi.

PUHI — Three students from Kauai’s public high schools were announced as recipients of the 2019 Grove Farm Scholarship program that focuses not only on academic accomplishments, but good citizenship, character, and community service.

Two of the three announced scholars — Juliana Tampus and Samantha Bostick — already got a headstart on their post-high school journey, having participated in the 54th annual Kauai Community College Commencement ceremonies that took place recently at Vidinha Stadium.

The candidates were part of the Early College program and earned certificates in mathematics.

Mayumi Fulgencio is the third scholar named, Fulgencio graduating from Kauai High School, Friday evening.

The three scholars were gleaned from a field of 42 applicants following scrutiny from a volunteer Grove Farm Scholarship Committe, and interviews with the Grove Farm Foundation board of directors.

Tampus, the daughter of Bridget and Shane Pope will be graduating with the Kapaa High School Class of 2019 and will continue her education at the Vanguard University in Southern California with a goal of becoming a civil engineer.

Bostick, the daughter of Stephanie and JJ Bostick, will be marching with the Waimea High School Class of 2019, Friday when ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. on the school’s front lawn. Her plans call for attending the Colorado State University to study journalism and communications.

Fulgencio is the daughter of immigrant Filipino parents, Bessie and Teresito Fulgencio, and is optimistic that she will be able to contribute to the sustainability of her island home. Her plans call for attending the Lewis and Clark College in Oregon to pursue a degree in environmental studies.

The Grove Farm Foundation offers merit-based scholarships to students attending a four-year college or university. The scholarship grant has a cap of $20,000 over the four-year span.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or

  1. gordon oswald May 23, 2019 7:59 am Reply

    Why would TGI point out that Fulgencio is the “daughter of immigrants”? The majority of people living on Kauai are the offspring of immigrants one way or another. It would be sad if people get the wrong idea and assume that she and her family were in the United States illegally! If she were, it would be disqualifying, so why point out one recipient in that fashion? You have separated this remarkable young lady unfairly.

  2. manongindashadow0711 May 23, 2019 12:25 pm Reply

    Gordon, ” you should be pointing the finger to Grove Farm( I’m sure they reported it that way to TGI) and not the TGI!”
    Yet on the other hand, “they (GF and TGI) were both wrong!

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