The Office of Hawaiian Affairs granted the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Leadership Program an award of $187,000. Funds will be used to support the program’s mission to provide scholarships and services to non-traditional Native Hawaiian students who aspire to attain a college degree throughout Hawaiʻi and the U.S.
Since 2003, Liko Aʻe has disbursed over 3,400 scholarship awards to Native Hawaiian students pursuing a diverse range of degree programs. Liko Aʻe also offers mentoring programs focused on community service projects and online community building.
“We would like to mahalo The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and our community partners for their unwavering support of our program,” said Kahealani Naeole, Liko Aʻe’s project director. “With this funding we will be able to offer about 90-100 scholarships during the fall 2015 semester as well as wrap-around services to non-traditional Native Hawaiian students who aspire to attain higher education.”