Maui native starts scholarship fund

Maui native Brittany Yap has started a scholarship fund in her name at Hawaii Pacific University.

The Brittany Pohakea Yap Scholarship Fund is an annual scholarship that will award one or two Native Hawaiian students up to $2,000 per year to be used toward tuition.

Preference will be given to students with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 and majoring in education, communication, English, journalism or the humanities.

Yap, 28, was born and raised on Maui and is a Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama graduate.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 2006 and Master of Arts degree in communication in 2008 from Hawaii Pacific University.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship can email, call the HPU Scholarships Office at (808) 566-2430, or visit for more information.

The deadline to apply is April 5.