3 single moms earn grants

Three single mothers who have returned to college received $2,000 scholarships each from the American Association of University Women, Maui Branch, during the University of Hawaii Maui College Scholarship Ceremony on May 2.

Misti Furomoto, who received the AAUW Haines Memorial Scholarship, is studying business. She is employed as a UH-MC academic support counselor in the Kuina Program and plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in social work.

After graduation, she wants to work with disadvantaged youths.

Natalie Edgell received the AAUW Ruth Deichman Memorial Scholarship. In her second year of nursing, she is a Phi Theta Kappa member and plans to complete her registered nurse studies and go on to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science nursing.

Alina R. Rhoades received the AAUW Dorothy Shimer Scholarship for a second year. She has an associate of arts degree in business careers and is in the bachelor of applied science program in sustainability science management.

AAUW offers three scholarships each year to women who have completed two years of post-secondary education and plan to continue at UH-MC. AAUW’s annual whale watch raises funds for the scholarship program.