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Two Maui Students Receive Inaugural Chancellor’s Legacy Scholarship

June 22, 2015, 2:07 PM HST
* Updated June 22, 2:09 PM
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Malia Ah Nee and Jerome Texeria. Photo courtesy UHMC.

Malia Ah Nee and Jerome Texeria. Photo courtesy UHMC.

By Maui Now Staff

Today the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College announced the first awardees of the Chancellor’s Legacy Scholarship, Jerome Texeria and Malia Ah Nee.

Both UHMC students received $5,000 scholarships funded through an endowment that honors the legacy of Dr. Clyde Sakamoto, who retired in 2014 as Chancellor after serving the UH System for 41 years.

Texeria was born and raised in Maui, and graduated from Maui High School in 1997. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Applied Business and Information Technology, and expects to graduate in 2017.

“I’m so appreciative – this scholarship will really help me reach my academic goals,” said Texeria in a University press release.

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Texieria, who worked with Sakamoto as a student assistant continued saying, “I feel honored to be one of the first to receive this award. I love UH Maui College, and the support I’ve received here has been huge.”

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Ah Nee is also pursuing her degree in Applied Business and Information Technology.  She said, “Receiving the award meant a lot to me, especially because it was the Chancellor’s Legacy Scholarship.  At first I was a bit in shock, amazed, and grateful all at the same time. After the award ceremony I took a moment to truly reflect on my hard work and how it shaped me to be the person I am today. I will continue to be diligent and strive toward success in all aspects of my life. I would like to thank everyone who donated to this scholarship fund,” she said.

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