Four receive PYCC scholarships

The Pa’ia Youth & Cultural Center has given out four scholarships recently through its Campbell Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship is open to any active member of the center who is a high school senior, has a GED or is in the first year of community college.

This year’s winners are:

* Derrin Allan Kamanaokekai Johnson, who received $1,000. This is the second year that he has been awarded the scholarship. He is a 2012 graduate of King Kekaulike High School and has been a member of the center since he was 8 years old. He participated in every one of the center’s programs, and his first job was at the center’s StoneWave Skate Park. He is the first of his siblings to graduate from high school. He is attending University of Hawaii Maui College and is pursuing a degree in renewable resources or sustainable energy.

* Itara Sved-Wood, who received $2,000. She is in the culinary program at UH-MC. After receiving an associate degree in culinary arts and baking, she intends to obtain a master’s degree in culinary arts. She would like to own a gluten-free, sugar-free, all-natural bakery on Maui.

* Brennen Almeida, who received $2,000. He is a 2014 graduate of King Kekaulike High School. He will attend UH-MC and is interested in culinary arts and psychology. He has been active with the center for the past six years and participated in the center’s radio station, RadiOpio, the Hekili Multimedia Lab and the Pa’ia Bay Cafe cooking program.

* Abigail “Abby” Robinson received $1,000. She has been a participant at the center since she was 10. This past year she served as an intern and helped run the center’s drop-in program. She created a fitness challenge for the youth members. She will attend UH-MC and is interested in management, business and art.

Each candidate submitted an application and was personally interviewed.