Marcy Tokunaga is a 2021-2022 recipient of the Mary Ann Ku‘uleialoha Punua Scholarship. This is a thank-you letter to Victor Punua, who established the scholarship in memory of his wife.
I am honored to be the recipient of the Mary Ann Kuʻuleialoha Punua Scholarship. Thank you very much for your generosity.
I started playing piano at age five. I really enjoyed playing piano for more than ten years, and it was my dream to study music in college. Currently, I am a junior double-majoring in music and Japanese. My goal is to complete my undergraduate studies, and hopefully share my passion for music with the younger generation.
This scholarship grant means a lot to me and my family. Many people experienced job loss from the impact of COVID-19, and my father was one of them. He lost his part-time job at a travel agency, due to the lack of tourists, but thankfully, he still has his full-time job as a state employee. My mother’s work hours have been reduced. Even though she is able to receive unemployment insurance, we are facing family financial problems, such as pondering how to pay for my college expenses.
But your generosity gives me an opportunity to gain more knowledge and skills in piano studies and performance. My educational pursuits would not be possible without generous support from scholarship donors like you. Thank you again for your support.