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MEDB Education Fund Awards $142K in STEM Grants

In the 2016-2017 school year, an MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund grant helped King Kekaulike High School purchase educational materials and supplies for their Clinical Health students. The goals of the project included a more complete understanding of health science and human development with career awareness of jobs in the health care field. Photo by: King Kekaulike High School

The Maui Economic Development Board announced a list of award recipients who will share more than $142,000 in grants to further support the growing need for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education in Maui County and statewide.

“Jobs today and in the future depend on the preparation of our students in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity – all skills nurtured by STEM education,” said Curtis Tom, Sr. VP/Island Manager for Bank of Hawaiʻi in Maui County and Chair of the MEDB Education Committee. “The MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund was created to provide STEM tools for our youth and educators in an effort to open doors to exciting career opportunities. Those who support the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund through our annual fundraiser are helping to make this investment in our state’s future workforce.”

The MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund issued awards ranging from approximately $1,400 to $5,000 to the following programs this school year:

Baldwin High School

King Kekaulike High School

Lahaina Intermediate School

Maui High School

Molokaʻi Middle School

Molokaʻi High School

Pukalani Elementary School

St. Anthony School

Maui Preparatory Academy

Funds were also granted to help run the Maui County Regional Science and Engineering Fair for over 100 Maui County students.

Funding for 2017 Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award winners:

Robotics programs at 15 schools and organizations including:

This year’s MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner and Auction will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 at the Grand Wailea Resort. Reception and silent auction will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a dinner and live auction at 6 p.m. For reservations, donor and sponsor opportunities, click here [1] or call 808-875-2300. Individual seats are $200 (save $15 per person, if you register by July 4).