The Kaua‘i Filipino Women’s Club and President Barbara Green awarded four, $1,000 awards, including a special award to the University of Hawai‘i Foundation to assist a student wishing to return to school during the COVID-19 medical crisis.
The awards, including $1,000 scholarships to each of three graduating high-school-senior women, was done in the breezeway between the Lihu‘e Civic Center Mo‘ikeha and Pi‘ikoi buildings to be able to be in an outdoor setting and be compliant with face masks and social distancing.
Mayor Derek Kawakami, Kaua‘i County Council Chair Arryl Kaneshiro, and Councilmembers Mason Chock and Felicia Cowden took advantage of the pau-hana timing to visit and congratulate each of the scholarship recipients, Kawakami noting that higher education is independence because it empowers a person to be self-reliant in the quest for information.
Angeline Roslin, a graduate from Kapa‘a High; Angeline Bangkirig, earning her high school diploma from Kaua‘i High; and Lei‘ohu Chun, graduating from Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School, were announced recipients of this year’s KFWC scholarship awards.
Rose Ramos-Benzel, director of development at Kaua‘i Community College, accepted the special award from the club to the University of Hawai‘i Foundation for a student wishing to pursue higher education during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Funds for the KFWC are traditionally earned during the club’s annual Terno Ball which, due to the pandemic, has been put on hold. KFWC members instead donned fashionable club shirts enhanced by a specially-designed fabric face mask to congratulate this year’s scholarship recipients.
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