By Wendy Osher
Four students from Maui were selected as recipients of annual scholarships awarded by Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. The scholarships range from $2,500 to $4,000 each and will support students in their undergraduate or graduate academic pursuits.
All four recipients are children of employees at Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S), a subsidiary of A&B. The recipients are Olivia Borge, Liane Nakamae, Justin Shortell and Carlin Ventura. The students are among eight who will receive awards this year through A&B’s company-wide scholarship program.
* Olivia Borge is the daughter of Brady Borge, general mechanical specialist at HC&S. A recent graduate of Kamehameha Schools –Maui, Olivia will be attending Stanford University. In high school, she was involved in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and will be pursuing a career in health services and related sciences. At Kamehameha, she participated in student government, choir and paddling. She also danced hula and volunteered as a tutor for local Maui charities.
* Liane Nakamae is the daughter of Peter Nakamae, general superintendent management information systems at HC&S. A graduate of H.P. Baldwin High School, Liane earned her Bachelor’s degree from Pacific University in Oregon. She will be attending the University’s physical therapy school in the Fall and plans to return to Maui with a Graduate degree to work as an inpatient physical therapist. She has also been actively involved with the community, coaching girl’s soccer teams, volunteering at her local church, and teaching keiki music and math.
* Justin Shortell is the son of Vicki Shortell, applications systems specialist at HC&S. A recent King Kekaulike High School graduate, Justin will begin his first year at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa this fall. He is pursuing a career in the pharmacology industry and hopes to eventually return to Maui. In high school, Justin participated in both cross country and swimming. He was also a member of the surfing club.
* Carlin Ventura is the son of Donna Ventura, human resources assistant at HC&S. A graduate of King Kekaulike High School and the University of Portland in Oregon, Carlin will continue his education at Pacific University’s Pharmacy program in the fall. Carlin is actively involved in Boy Scouts of America and has volunteered helping with many service projects as assistant Scoutmaster.
The A&B Scholarship Program, first established in 1971, provides scholarships to children of eligible employees of A&B or its subsidiaries, who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a community college, four-year college or graduate school.
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., headquartered in Honolulu, is engaged in ocean transportation and logistics services, through its subsidiaries, Matson Navigation Company, Inc. and Matson Logistics, Inc.; in real estate, through A&B Properties, Inc.; and in agribusiness, through Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company.