The E.H.W. Broadbent Foundation recently presented Kauaʻi Community College with a gift to fund scholarships for students enrolled in college through the Waiʻaleʻale Project. Representing their family, Sam Pratt and Melinda Walker presented the college with the gift.
“Waiʻaleʻale appreciates the generosity of the E.H.W. Broadbent Foundation,” said Kimo Perry, coordinator of the Waiʻaleʻale Project. “Each contribution that we receive helps students attend college who might not otherwise have the opportunity.”
He added, “It’s especially gratifying to know that our program is being supported by local organizations who recognize the importance to our community of higher education.”
The E.H.W. Broadbent scholarships will be available for the fall 2014 semester to students enrolling in the project’s fifth cohort of students. Funding will support the full cost of tuition, books and fees for students to study full-time in a program of their choice. The Waiʻaleʻale Project began with a vision of supporting individuals who did not consider college as a viable life option.
According to Perry, the performance level of Waiʻaleʻale students is on par with other students and their initial persistence rate is actually higher. Since the project’s inception, 317 students have enrolled.