American Association of University Women, Hilo Branch scholarship winners, from left, Kaylee DeCambra, Kathryn Strong, Kaimalie Zirker, Amanda Alvarado and Liesl Nayeli. (Courtesy photo)

The American Association of University Women, Hilo Branch, has selected five University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students for 2018-2019 scholarships. Kathryn Strong was awarded $2,000, and Amanda Alvarado, Kaylee DeCambra, Liesl Nayeli and Kaimalie Zirker each received $1,000 awards.

Strong has spent 13 years working in the environmental health field. Her current goal is a master’s degree in the UH Hilo tropical conservation biology and environmental science program.

Alvarado is seeking to complete a master of arts in counseling psychology at UH Hilo. Her research interests include post traumatic stress disorder, trauma, adolescent mental health, sexual trauma and forensic interviewing.

DeCambra is double majoring in sociology, and gender and women’s studies, as well as pursuing certificates in educational studies and Spanish. After graduating, she plans on entering the counseling psychology graduate program at UH Hilo.

Nayeli is working to complete a bachelor of arts in psychology from UH Hilo. She is doing a practicum in psychology and works with adults with chronic mental illness using cognitive behavioral therapy and art as medicine.

Zirker is a mother of a second grade son and is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing at UH Hilo. She hopes to combine her love of flying with her love for saving lives, by working with air ambulance services.

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