University of Hawai'i
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For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2001
Jim Mellon, (808) 974-7616
|Anguay receives Steve Holeman national award|
At a recent conference for TRIO Program personnel held in Reno, University of Hawai`i at Hilo's Cornelia Anguay was honored with the prestigious Steve Holeman Award. The purpose of the award is to acknowledge the accomplishments of directors of educational opportunity programs who have demonstrated continuing dedication to the cause of educational excellence and equity, concern for the development of students' potential, and professionalism in the administration of their programs.
Anguay has been director of UH Hilo's Upward Bound for 16 years, but her work experience with disadvantaged and minority students spans over 22 years. She has served as an administrator for programs such as Head Start and the Hawai'i Multicultural Awareness Project. Anguay is a prolific grant writer whose expertise has allowed for thousands of students in Hawai'i and the Pacific Islands to reach their goals by successfully securing funding. She has brought in over $5 million in federal grants to the University.
TRIO Programs are federally funded programs designed to promote and expand educational opportunities for disadvantaged students throughout the nation. UH Hilo sponsors several TRIO Programs: Upward Bound; Upward Bound Math and Science; and Student Support Services.
The Upward Bound Program provides a wide range of academic and social support services for Big Island high school students who come from low-income backgrounds and are potentially the first in the family to graduate from college. The Math and Science Program essentially is the same as the original Upward Bound Program, but focuses primarily on developing math and science skills and is also able to include students from the western U.S. states and the Pacific Islands.
Under Anguay's vision and direction, the Upward Bound Programs at UH Hilo have over a 90 percent success rate for assisting students enroll in college. The programs boast some of the finest physical facilities in the nation, and the Math and Science Center has been recognized nationally as a model program.
As a further testament to the success of the program, a former participant in UH Hilo's Upward Bound Program was also recognized at the conference with an award. Abraham Kaleo Parrish was awarded the association's "Achiever" award for 2001. This award acknowledges the accomplishments of TRIO Program students who have completed their baccalaureate degree, entered professional fields, and whose community or professional activities have served their fellow humans and are focused on the improvement of society.
Parrish is a 1990 graduate of Waiakea High School, as well as a graduate
of the Upward Bound Program. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor
in Geography from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994, and recently
earned a Master of Arts degree in Library Information Science and Geography
from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A native of Glenwood, Hawai`i,
Parrish currently works as a geospatial analyst with the National Imagery
and Mapping Agency in Washington, D.C.