The University of Hawaiʻi honored 29 exemplary Hawaiʻi students as 2020 Regents and Presidential Scholars. These scholarships recognize and support Hawaiʻi high school and college students with a record of outstanding academic achievement.
“The University of Hawaiʻi is proud to support some of the most amazing students in our state through our flagship scholarship program,” said UH President David Lassner. “Normally we would honor these impressive scholars and their families in person, but unfortunately that kind of celebration isn’t possible right now. So today we honor what they have done and take a moment to look forward to the remarkable difference they will each be able to make for Hawaiʻi and the planet with a world-class University of Hawaiʻi education.”
Regents Scholars receive a full tuition waiver for four years of undergraduate study, and Presidential Scholars receive a full tuition waiver for two years of undergraduate study. All scholars also receive $4,000 a year and a one-time travel grant of $2,000.
Regents Scholarships are awarded to outstanding freshmen who receive an SAT total score of at least 1340 or ACT combined score of at least 29, maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in academic subjects in high school, and whose extracurricular achievements are shown to be remarkable.
- Jaeden Chang, Electrical Engineering, Punahou School, UH Mānoa
- Haley Churchill, Exploratory, Kalani High School, UH Mānoa
- Jeremiah Dy, Computer Science, Hanalani Jr-Sr High School, UH Mānoa
- Sarah Fusato, Business, King Kekaulike High School, UH Mānoa
- Sonja Giardina, Global Environmental Science, Hilo High School, UH Mānoa
- Shelby Hom, Computer Science, Roosevelt High School, UH Mānoa, (Senator Akaka Scholar)
- Mariko Quinn, Global Environmental Science, James B. Castle High School, UH Mānoa
- Rina Robin, Secondary Education, Kalani High School, UH Mānoa
- Jason Shimoko, Biology, Kailua High School, UH Mānoa
- Dylan Sodetani, Electrical Engineering, Pearl City High School, UH Mānoa
- Cara Tan, Exploratory, ʻIolani School, UH Mānoa
- Stryder Williams, Biology, Waialua High School, UH Mānoa
- Kimberly Zheng, Elementary Education, Home School, UH Mānoa
- Angeline Agag, Business, Damien Memorial High School, UH Mānoa
- Jolon Clinton, Pre-Nursing, Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences, UH Mānoa
- Samantha Yamamoto, Biochemistry, Waiakea High School, UH Mānoa
- Vyas Hale, History, Kealakehe High School, UH Hilo
- Stacy Watkins, Biology, Waiakea High School, UH Hilo
- Joshua Bourns, Liberal Arts, Pearl City High School, UH West Oʻahu
Presidential Scholarships are awarded to college juniors who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 for all college level work, a record of sustained progress in academic courses, and evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor.
- Tina Loos, Computer Science, UH Mānoa
- Sara Mutzenberg, Marketing, Kapiʻolani CC, UH Mānoa
- Maile Wong, Botany, Brigham Young University, UH Mānoa
- Erika Ponce de Leon de Johnson, Spanish, Kapiʻolani CC, UH Mānoa
- Levin Gil Bonilla, Biochemistry, UH Maui College, UH Mānoa
- McKenzi Johnson, Accounting, Windward CC, UH Mānoa
- Keahi Johnson, Hawaiian Studies, UH Maui College, UH Mānoa
- Kealoha Scullion, Ethnic Studies, University of Arizona, UH Mānoa, (Albert Simone Scholar)
- Alejandra Ramirez, Public Administration, UH Maui College, UH West Oʻahu