University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students were honored with the IFSA Global Scholarships and Droste Awards.

IFSA Global Scholarships

Three UH Hilo students have been presented wth IFSA Global Scholarships which will enable them to spend an entire academic year studying overseas beginning with the Fall 2012 semester.

  • Zacahary Mayberry, majoring in Japanese studies with an English minor will study at Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Mitchell Sambrano, majoring in Japanese studies who is enrolling at Tokyo Gakugei University in Tokyo, Japan
  • David Sellers, plans to attend Korea University in Seoul, South Korea

The scholarships provide first-generation college students with financial need an opportunity to study abroad. Each student received $3,333, which was made possible through a grant sponsored by the Institute for Study Abroad Foundation. Upon successfully completing the program, all recipients will undertake a service project to share the benefits of their experience with the community, and to encourage future students to study abroad.

Adapted from a UH Hilo news release.

Droste Awards

UH Hilo’s English department presented six students with the Spring 2012 Droste Awards for outstanding writing.

  • Keala Richard’s paper, “The Evolving Persona of Pocahontas: Popular Myth as a Tool for Imposing Political, Ideological, and Economic Agendas on American Society.” received the Outstanding Upper-Division English Paper
  • Morgan Haldeman’s paper, “Atmospheric Precursors to Earthquakes and their Geologic Backgrounds,” took Outstanding English Second Language/Freshman Composition Paper
  • Kathryn Akamine’s paper on “An Analysis of Environmental Science Introductions” was named the Outstanding Work in Writing for the Majors
  • Hannah Loo’s paper, “Jewish Identity and Holocaust Survival in The Pawnbroker” took the award for Outstanding 200-Level English Paper
  • Matthew Therrien’s portfolio of poetry won the award for Outstanding Work in Poetry
  • Robin Belcher received the award for Outstanding Work in Fiction for her short story, “The Black Mirror”

The awards are made possible by a bequest by the estate of the late Howard and Yoneko Droste, longtime faculty members who taught a combined total of 45 years at UH Hilo.

Adapted from a UH Hilo news release.