WAIMEA — Bryson Hiraoka, chair of the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship committee, officiated over the distribution of $11,000 in scholarships to seven scholars Monday during a presentation at the West Kauai Medical Center.
Four scholars were awarded scholarships of $1,000 each. Additionally, Meghan Faith Afong earned a $1,000 Patricia Beck Memorial Scholarship donated by Virginia Beck.
Two students, Ron Acob representing KVMH and Hannah Collins-Doijode representing the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, also received confirmation on being recipients of $3,000 scholarships from the Hawaii Emergency Physicians Association. Those scholarships are paid to the scholar’s school.
Hiraoka said one of the facets he likes about the HEPA scholarships is that applicants can be in any field of study.
Acob said he will be heading to Portland State University to study architecture with the hopes of returning to Kauai.
“That is good,” said Lance Segawa, the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Kauai Region CEO. “You, as an architect, can then design our new hospitals. Medical science is a very special industry and we are always looking for talent to make Kauai an even greater place to be.”
Collins-Doijode, Mahelona Hospital representative to the HEPA scholarship, said she plans on becoming an emergency room physician following her studies in neuroscience at the John Hopkins University.
“I’ll be a licensed practical nurse in July,” said Afong, recipient of the Patricia Beck Memorial Scholarship, and a student at Kauai Community College. “My goal is to become a registered nurse by July, next year.”
Abishai Christensen, a graduate of Kauai High School, was one of four KVMH Auxiliary scholarships, using his aid when he attends Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where he is planning to study psychology.
Brandi Aguinaldo, graduating from Waimea High School, will be heading to the University of Las Vegas with aspirations of becoming a nurse practitioner, and Shyli Lacaden, another Waimea graduate, will be attending pre-nursing classes at KCC this fall.
Naomi Ka‘auamo is bound for the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she will be studying biochemistry.
Source: The Garden Island