MAWHCC Scholarship Program
Please join us in congratulating our recently approved scholarship recipients! Continue to strive for academic excellence and reaching your educational goals:
Sandra Cox, Western Governors University (WGU)
Kupono Ling, Central Washington University (CWU)
Nicole Manuel, Grand Canyon University (GCU)
Kaleimomi Newby, Western Washington University (WWU)
BA Music Performance (Opera), Central Washington University
BA Ed, M.Ed Special Education, Grand Canyon University
BA Teacher Cert, Western Governor's University
Stella Mason, BA 2021
Political Science/Law, Rights and Justice, Linfield University, Oregon
Aloha! My amazing university journey has given me a wealth of knowledge and experience. I am grateful for the encouragement and support of my faculty to pursue my interests in Hawaiian political issues, even though Linfield does not have an Indigenous Studies department or classes. I have written two 20 page research essays about the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement and Hawaiian land stewardship models as well as nuclearization in the Marshall Islands and sovereignty struggles in Palau and Okinawa.
I also completed a 30 page junior thesis on how the US "measures" indigeneity and how those qualification methods have impacted the Native Hawaiian community in Census surveys and resource distribution. This led to an invitation from one of my Professors to do collaborative research for publication. What is a university experience without a study abroad? I spent a month in the Kingdom of Bhutan. It was an amazing experience seeing a group of indigenous people applying nation building skills and gave me a peek of what the Kingdom of Hawaii must have been like prior to western colonization.
I also participated on the executive board of the Student Wellness Advisory Committee, led the Mixed Student Coalition and continued my role as a student Resident Advisor.
Currently working as a Senate Aide and looking at graduate school options, including Law School. All will have a focus on giving me skills to positively impact social change here and globally.
Mahalo Nui Loa for MAWHCC's financial assistance.
Amber Manuel, BA 2016
Marketing Communications, minor in
Pacific & Native Hawaiian Studies, Chaminade University of Honolulu.
I began my Marketing degree and Minor in Athletic Coaching at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wa. where I also played Varsity Women's Softball (2011-2013), was the Hawaiian Club VP and a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. When not in school I was an Assistant Coach for the Edmonds Starz Fastpitch Softball team and volunteered with the Special Olympics of WA.
Being Hawaiian and raised in WA I felt a strong pull to explore my heritage and consider living and making a career in Hawaii. I chose to transfer to Chaminade University and majored in Communications- Integrated Marketing with a minor in Pacific & Native Hawaiian Studies. I am grateful for the opportunity to have learned more about who I am as a Hawaiian, but realized how difficult it would be to pursue my dream job of being a college softball coach. I returned to WA and completed my Masters degree in Coaching and Athletics Management from Concordia University in 2019.
I am currently working as an assistant coach for the Women's Softball program at St Martin's University in Lacey, WA.
Mahalo to MAWHCC for supporting me on this journey.
BS EMS Paramedicine 2016 Central Washington University
After graduating 2012 from Decatur High School in Federal Way, WA I knew I wanted to be in the Paramedicine program at Central Washington University.
I pursued my academic prerequisites and completed a volunteer Internship with ALS (Advanced Life Systems) in Yakima, WA. It confirmed my decision that I was in the right field for me. So when the admission letter came that I was accepted into the Paramedicine BS degree program, I felt all my hard work up to that point paid off.
After graduating I worked at the University of Washington Hospital in the Cardiology department and am now employed by Boston Scientific where I work on pacemakers and defibrillators. I am one of three Field Clinical Reps in Clinical Rhythm Management for the South Puget Sound region. If there are other MAWHCC members or Hawaiian students thinking about Paramedicine or health care related career I’m open to talking with them about it, my email is Pemail@example.com
I recently married and bought a home in Edgewood, WA.
LIFE is GOOD!
Thank you MAWHCC for helping support me through my college degree.
Highline Community College
I am grateful for the financial support MAWHCC gave me while completing my Associate of Arts degree at Highline Community College. I enjoyed applying my academic skills with the research and reading as well as practicing critical thinking in my class discussions. I was proud to be invited to join the PTK honor society and participate with the Honors Scholar program. My time at Highline helped me choose a career pathway. My hope is to become a Registered Nurse. However, after graduating the universe intervened when I found the love of my life. We currently reside in Colville, WA. with our children. I did begin the prerequisites and plan to return in the fall. Though the road has taken a few twists and turns I am determined to reach my goal!