University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Leadership Program received its second year award after a successful first year annual report. This award of $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education Title VII Elementary and Secondary Education Act funds the program through August 2014.
This year marks the tenth year that Liko Aʻe has been assisting Native Hawaiian students with financial aid and student support services, now available on all islands and nationwide. Since receiving its first U.S. Department of Education award in 2003, more than 2,000 students have received college scholarships, college counseling and critically-necessary mentoring and support services through the program. Their decade of service to the Hawaiian community has resulted in a deep understanding of how best to serve Hawaiian students, and the program’s momentum keeps building.
“This second-year funding for our leadership program allows us to provide scholarships and wrap-around support services to Native Hawaiians students with a greater focus on serving those from rural and under-represented areas and non-traditional students,” says Liko Aʻe Program Director Malia Davidson.
Participating scholars also are required to perform leadership service in their communities. The program has identified a number of specific community projects and organizations that scholars will serve this year on Maui, Hawaiʻi Island and Oʻahu. After-school tutoring sessions, mentoring programs, and focused assistance to high school students studying to complete their GED are just a few of the target areas through which Liko Aʻe’s undergraduate scholarship recipients will provide community service this year. Graduate recipients will act as team leaders for their undergraduate colleagues and will also share their academic research through public and digital speaker events on various campuses.
Read the UH Maui news release for more information.