Scholarship Program

Changing the World One Student at a Time

MAWHCC Scholarship Program

MAWHCC Scholarship program began in 2008, focused  on Native Hawaiian recent high school graduates with a desire to attain a four year college degree. It is also available as a resource to reimburse registration for keiki members who attend the Summer Explorations program at Kamehameha Schools.  Currently our post high school scholarship program has expanded to include all types and levels of education, including professional or vocational certification, a two or four year college degree, graduate and postgraduate education. The intent being inclusive of all ways that one might pursue a living wage career pathway. It continues to be a renewal grant, supporting a student member through completion of their educational goal. Anyone who is a current MAWHCC member for at least one year may be eligible to apply.  Contact the Scholarship Committee at

Click on a link below for more information about how and when to apply.

Please join us in congratulating our recently approved scholarship recipients! Continue to strive for academic excellence and reaching your educational goals:

 Recipients Achieving their Dream

  Your DONATION will help them get there 


Kūpono Ling

BA Music Performance (Opera), Central Washington University

Nicole Manuel

BA Ed, M.Ed Special Education, Grand Canyon University

Sandra Cox

BA Teacher Cert, Western Governor's University

Kaleimomi Newby

BS BioChem, 

Western Washington University

Graduates Making a Difference

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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.  

Peter Joaquin

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

I recently married and bought a home in Edgewood, WA.  


Thank you MAWHCC for helping support me through my college degree.

Kilinahemālie Ling

Cultural Anthropology, 

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

From 2014 to 2019, I was the gracious recipient of the academic scholarship offered by the Moku ‘āina A Wakinekona Hawaiian Civic Club each year I was in college. I received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology at the end of 2019 from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Currently, I am a program assistant at the East-West Center (EWC), an education and research organization that strives to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. Special shout out to ‘Anakala Ben Baker for being a reference during my application process to the job I hold now! At the EWC, I am also a co-chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, a group made of staff volunteers that formed out of a need to re-evaluate what diversity and inclusivity means to employees of the EWC, particularly in response to the murder of George Floyd in 2020.  As a program assistant, I work closely with the Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP), a program that links regional analysis of emerging issues in Oceania with experiential leadership learning and a commitment to practical action. Throughout my undergraduate experience, my interest in issues and topics relating to Oceania flourished. As a kanaka maoli who grew up in the diaspora, I learned a lot about my Hawaiian history as well as the history of my fellow Oceanic brothers and sisters while at college. Epeli Hau’ofa, writer and anthropologist of Tongan and Fijian descent, says “Oceania is vast, Oceania is expanding…Oceania is us. We are the sea, we are the ocean, we must wake up to this ancient truth and together use it to overturn all hegemonic views that aim ultimately to confine us again, physically and psychologically, in the tiny spaces which we have resisted accepting as our sole appointed place, and from which we have recently liberated ourselves”. I thank the Moku ‘āina A Wakinekona Hawaiian Civic Club for financially helping me throughout my time as an undergraduate student seeking a degree in anthropology, because it is during that time that I realized my passion. He Hawai’i au mau a mau. I feel such a strong tie to ko’u kulāiwi nei, ku’u Hawai’i. Being at the University of Hawai’i allowed me to see the connection I have to Oceania as a whole. We as Oceanic peoples are resilient and we are strong. In my current professional position and every position I find myself in in the future, I seek to build up and support interests of Hawai’i and Oceania as a whole. Nui ko’u maholo no ka Moku ‘Āina A Wakinekona Hawaiian Civic Club. 

Taylor Joaquin

A.A.  2010

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!