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Kaua‘i Shinseki scholarships awarded

LIHU‘E — The Department of Education, Kaua‘i Complex Area offices announced the 2022 Kaua‘i Shinseki Scholarship award recipients, Wednesday afternoon.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to change the way the winners are celebrated,” the DOE announcement said. “Hopefully, next year, we can return to celebrating the award recipients in person with a luncheon and photo opportunities.”

Angeline Chan, a student at Kaua‘i High School, Eve Ohai, a student from Kapa‘a High School, and Kiernan Canavan, a student from Waimea High School will each receive scholarships of $2,000.

The selection committee responsible for awarded $2,000, one scholarship for each of the Kaua‘i public high schools, look for students that have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, community and extracurricular involvement, academic, and athletic achievement and other evidence of personal motivation.

The Gen. Erick K., and Patricia Shinseki Scholarship fund with the Public Schools of Hawai‘i Foundation offers scholarships to graduates of public high schools on Kaua‘i to encourage island youth to continue their studies at an accredited 2-year or 4-year institution.

A graduate of Kaua‘i High School, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Gen. (ret.) Shinseki had a distinguished career in the United States Army, reaching the top post of Chief of Statt, U.S. Army. More recently, in 2008, President Barak Obama appointed him to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In retirement, Gen. Shinseki continues to remain active in the community by serving on various boards and commissions, both in Hawai‘i and the mainland.

Patricia Shinseki is a graduate of Waimea High School, and taught biology at Kaua‘i High School. She continued her teaching career at schools on the mainland as well as the Department of Defense schools overseas with a deep interest in civic causes. She has also served on many boards, including Director of the Military Child Education Coalition, and as an advisory board member for Sesame Street’s “Talk, Listen, Connect” program.
Source: The Garden Island

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