19 Maui Students Earn Filipino Chamber Scholarships

June 25, 2019, 1:49 PM HST · Updated June 25, 12:56 PM
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The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation issued scholarship awards to 19 Maui students as part of the organization’s Gintong Pamana Leadership and Scholarship Awards Banquet held on June 12 at the Maui Beach Hotel.

“Thanks to the success of our Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament chaired by Bill Ruidas and our scholarship partners, we are able to award nineteen scholarships this year,” said Jorge Tirona, president of the Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation. “Each of these high school graduates excelled in the classroom, on their standardized college entrance exams, received many awards and honors, and were active volunteers in the community. We congratulate each recipient and their parents.”

The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce also honored four outstanding leaders at the event: Melen Agcolicol, Dionicia Cabias, Greg “Jay” Peros, and Tane Urban.

PC: The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The scholarship recipients are:

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Joanna Marie Acosta, daughter of Mario Acosta and Maggie Acosts. Joanna was graduated from Lahainaluna High School and will attend University of Nevada Las Vegas, majoring in Accounting. Acosta will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

Nida Bergoust, daughter of Daniel Bergoust and Cristina Bergoust. Nida was graduated from Maui High School and will attend Boise State University, majoring in Pre-Optomertry. Bergoust will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

Nya-Shayla Estrada Cachola, daughter of Arthur Cachola and Lorelei Estrada Cachola. Nya-Shayla was graduated from Maui High School and will attend Hawaii Pacific University, majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Cachola will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation/Tante & Araceli Urban Foundation Scholarship.

Misty Dela Cruz, daughter of Rene Dela Cruz and Margie Dela Cruz. Misty was graduated from Maui High School and will attend University of Hawaii Maui College, majoring in Computer Science or Fine Arts. Dela Cruz will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation/Sabado Art Foundation Scholarship.

Jaimelee Felipe, daughter of Mark Felipe and Ester Felipe. Jaimelee was graduated from Kamehameha Schools Maui and will attend Davidson College, majoring in Mechnical Engineering. Felipe will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

Denise Marie Angel Galano, daughter of Dennis Galano and Angelita Galano. Denise was graduated from Maui High School and will attend Washington State University, majoring in Architectural Engineering. Galano will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation/Friends of Gil Keith-Agaran Scholarship.

Noah Garcia, son of Daniel Bal Garcia and Arleeen A. Ricalde-Garcia. Noah was graduated from Seabury Hall and will attend Yale College, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Garcia will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

Thereese Guzman, daughter of Donald S. Guzman and Rose Guzman. Thereese was graduated from Maui High School and will attend Pepperdine University, majoring in Sports Medicine. Guzman will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

Kaelyn Kato, daughter of Gary M. Kato and Debra L. Kato. Kaelyn was graduated from Kamehameha Schools Maui and will attend University of Portland, majoring in Early Education. Kato will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

Joshua Lee, son of Steven Lee and Sue Lee. Joshua was graduated from Maui High School and will attend University of Washington, majoring in Creative Writing. Lee will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation/Antonio Fartan Ayson Family Scholarship.

Nico Andrei Manzano, son of Dickson Manzano and Buenafe Manzano. Nico was graduated from Maui High School and will attend University of Portland, majoring in Economics. Manzano will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation/Richard Caldito, Sr. Scholarship.

Cassidy Matsuda, daughter of Mark Matsuda and Gwyn Matsuda. Cassidy was graduated from Maui High School and will attend University of Oregon, majoring in Business Administration. Matsuda will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation/Megan, Meredith & Mallory Bagoyo Scholarship in Business.

Josh Ooka, son of Byron Ooka and Glennis Ooka. Josh was graduated from H.P. Baldwin High School and will attend University of California Los Angeles, majoring in Biology. Ooka will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

Nikki Ooka, daughter of Byron Ooka and Glennis Ooka. Nikki was graduated from H.P. Baldwin High School and will attend University of Washington, majoring in Biology. Ooka will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

Katrina Rabang, daughter of Rodrigo Rabang and Mary Ann Rabang. Katrina was graduated from Maui High School and will attend University of Hawaii Maui College, majoring in Nursing. Rabang will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

Hailee-Adrianna Sanchez, daughter of Clifford Sanchez and Ruella Sanchez. Hailee-Adrianna was graduated from Maui High School and will attend University of Laverne, majoring in Biology. Sanchez will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation/Rev. Walter Baloaloa Memorial Scholarship.

Katriana Mae Tolentino, daughter of Romulo Tolentino and Haydee Mae Tolentino. Katriana was graduated from Maui High School and will attend University of Hawaii Manoa, majoring in Molecular Cell Biology. Tolentino will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation/Maui Island Cozy Dental Scholarship.

Cameron Viernes, daughter of Virgilio A. Viernes and Courtney N. Balkovek-Viernes. Cameron was graduated from H.P. Baldwin High School and will attend University of Hawaii Maui College, majoring in Natural Science. Viernes will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

Payton Viloria, son of Patrick Viloria and Menchie Viloria. Payton was graduated from Maui High School and will attend Brigham Young University, majoring in Computer Science. Viloria will receive a $1,000.00 Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

Since 1995, scholarships have been awarded to 168 graduating high school seniors and five students at the Maui Culinary Academy.

The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawai`i Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, is the charitable and educational arm of the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce.

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