Organization awards 10 scholarships

Maui AJA Veterans Inc. and Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans awarded 10 $1,000 scholarships to graduates of Maui island high schools.

The scholars, listed by high school and with their plans for college, as given on their scholarship applications, are:

* Alicia Ballesteros, St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School, Gonzaga University, nursing.

* Sai Furukawa, Kamehameha Schools Maui, University of Hawaii Maui College, pre-medicine.

* Mark Galiza, Maui High School, Seattle University, mechanical engineering.

* Junna Gazmen, Lahainaluna High School, University of Portland, finance.

* Steffi Molina, Maui High, University of Washington, pre-dentistry.

* Kaili Mossman, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Georgetown University, business.

* Angelo Sanakli, Maui High, Tufts University, international relations.

* Alisha Summers, Baldwin High School, University of Hawaii at Manoa, environmental science.

* Tamra Takemoto, King Kekaulike High School, Syracuse University, business.

* Tyler Yamasaki, Baldwin, University of Hawaii, Japanese.

Scholars were selected on the basis of academic achievement, personal statement, references, activities and financial need.

Ballesteros was a member of the Chrysanthemum Festival court in December. Contestants solicit donations to Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans, which is the organizer of the annual event, and the queen is the contestant who raises the most money.

The proceeds help to fund scholarships and historical and other programs of Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans.

Historical programs are done with the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.

The scholarships were presented at a Maui AJA Veterans luncheon June 15 at Kaunoa Senior Center.

Maui AJA Veterans was formed in 1947 by Japanese-American veterans of World War II.

The veterans wanted to continue their camaraderie, serve their community, honor fallen comrades and promote opportunities for youth. AJA stands for Americans of Japanese ancestry.