University of Hawai'i
(808) 956-8856 Telephone
For Immediate Release:
July 16, 1998
Contact: Jonathan Okamura 956-6749,
Cheryl Ernst, (808) 956-5941
Presidential Scholars for 1998 announced by University of Hawai'i
University of Hawai'i Presidential Scholarship recipients for 1998 will be introduced during a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16 in the Campus Center Ballroom.
Among the 10 Presidential Scholars are non-traditional students who have returned to school after careers in construction, real estate and air travel. Two of the scholars hope to become teachers, one has already had some success as research. Most hope to continue their studies in professional or graduate degree programs, including law, medicine, education and other fields.
UH Presidential Scholarships provide $4,000 per year plus full tuition to college juniors who have demonstrated superior academic achievement or creative endeavor. A one-time $2,000 travel grant is also provided. This year's recipients are listed below.
Marissa Furfaro is pursuing a liberal studies degree in Hawaiian history and preservation and plans to study environmental law. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa community college honorary society and received the National Collegiate Minority Leadership Award, North Shore Lions Club Scholarship and Kamehameha Schools Kaua'i Island Association Scholarship.
Shane Inoue plans to enroll in a dual MD/PhD program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and do medical research on diseases of minority groups in Hawai'i and the Pacific Rim. He is a volunteer at Queen's Medical Center and works as a peer tutor at UH Manoa. He has been a member of the Selected Studies and Honors Programs, made dean's list for the past three semesters and received the Pacific Asian Scholarship.
Denise Ishikawa plans to become a nurse- midwife after completing her bachelor and master of science degrees in nursing. She made the dean's list and is class president in the UHM School of Nursing. She earned a professional certificate from the International Childbirth Education Association and is a volunteer doula, a professional support person who works with women in labor. She also runs her own photography business.
Barry Mizuo has been involved in research since he became a laboratory volunteer in the UHM Department of Plant Pathology in 1992 and has already published a paper in the Journal of Neurotoxins. He is working toward a bachelor of arts in biology on the way to a medical degree. He received a Fun Factory/UH scholarship and is in the Selected Studies Honors Program..
Kaiulani Murphy is pursuing a bachelor's and master's degree in Hawaiian students and plans to return to her hometown of Waimea as a teacher. She received scholarships from the Waimea Civic Club and Kamehameha Schools West Hawai'i Association. She has been on the dean's list for two semesters, volunteers at the Center for Hawaiian Studies Resource Center and works as a teacher's aid Keiki O Ka Aina Preschool.
Davin Padilla plans to teach after earning a bachelor's and graduate degree in mathematics. He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average at UH Hilo, where he is on the dean's list and has received numerous scholarships. He provides academic and personal support to freshmen students from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds through the Peer Assistant Linkages and Support program.
Allen Salavea returned to college after being passed over for a promotion by a construction firm. He completed an associate in science degree in carpentry with highest honors at Hawai'i Community College, receiving numerous scholarships and awards in the process. He plans to pursue a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree in computer science. He has served as a officer and peer adviser to the Hui Kanaka Maoli Club and contributed to numerous university and community service projects.
Helen Schoneberg returned to college as a single mother after many years as a Realtor. She is working to complete her bachelor of arts in sociology at UH Hilo and hopes to teach at the Kamehameha High School being planned for Kurtistown. She has made the dean's list since entering college and received Academic Achievement Awards in liberal arts and human services. She is a tutor in the Hawai'i CC Learning Center and a volunteer for Hospice of Hilo.
Kathryn Smith is a wife, mother and businesswoman in pursuit of a bachelor's degree and law degree from the UH William S. Richardson School of Law. She hopes to work in the prosecutor's office. At Kapi'olani CC, she received the Freyer Liberal Arts Academic Award, made the deans list, participated in the Honors Program and was involved in Phi Theta Kappa honor society for community college students.
Cathy Wood plans to apply for the Urasenke Grand Tea Master scholarship
to study tea and traditional arts in Kyoto and earn a master's degree in
Japanese art history and PhD in Japanese language, with the goal of becoming
a cultural attaché. A full-time flight attendant, she is a member
of The Way of Tea Club, was named to the U.S. Today All American Academic
Team and is working this summer as an intern in the U.S. Department of Education.