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Hilo Physics and Astronomy Scholarship Funded

Posted on | March 26, 2010 | Comments Off

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From left, Philippe Binder, Rose Tseng, Masa Hayashi, Hideki Takami and Margaret Shiba

Subaru Telescope presented Hilo with a gift of $8,600 on behalf of the Japan Foundation for the Promotion of Astronomy. The donation establishes a new Subaru Telescope Success Scholarship, which will support a Hilo student pursuing a degree in physics or astronomy over four consecutive years of study. As a result of a limited-time matching gift program made possible by a donation from an anonymous contributor, Hilo will match the Subaru donation dollar-for-dollar, effectively doubling its impact.

The Success Scholarship is a new Hilo initiative to ensure student retention by providing four years of consistent support to qualified students who demonstrate financial need. The Subaru Telescope Success Scholarship is the first one established for the Department of Physics and Astronomy and will provide sufficient resources for an undergraduate student to focus on the study of astronomy and develop the skills that a science education offers.

“Since the establishment of our local telescope facility in 1999, Subaru has been indebted to the people of the Big Island for their support of our mission, and we are happy to be able to give back to the local community by helping to support the education of a future astronomer,” says Masahiko Hayashi, director of Subaru Telescope

Read the news release.

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