About a hundred UH West Oʻahu students receiving scholarships through the UH Foundation were honored and given a chance to meet with donors who funded their awards at a special luncheon.
“You don’t realize how your generosity touches lives,” said UH West Oʻahu junior Pearlena Stone, addressing the crowd of donors, students, and others. “You have made our dreams become a reality.”
Stone, who graduated from Waiʻanae High School in 1991 and has two sons, detailed her non-traditional student journey and explained the two scholarships she’s received this year has helped in multiple ways – she has more time to work on assignments and join clubs and organizations that help further her college experience, while also allowing her sons to attend college at schools on the mainland.
The luncheon marked UH West Oʻahu’s second annual scholarship celebration and drew a number of dignitaries, including UH Board of Regents Chair Dr. Lee Putnam, Regent Michael McEnerny, Hawaiʻi State Sen. Mike Gabbard and Rep. Sharon Har, City Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine, former UHWO Interim Chancellor Doris Ching, and UH System Vice President Don Straney.
Mahalo to all who are helping our students succeed in life!