Veterans organizations grant scholarships to Maui students

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

The scholars, listed by high school and with their plans for college, are:

* Maile Amine, Lahainaluna, University of Hawaii at Manoa, biology.

* Rochelle Coloma, Maui High, UH-Manoa, psychology.

* Marley Duncan, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Willamette University, exercise science/kinesiology.

* Alek Fredericksen, King Kekaulike, University of Portland, mechanical engineering.

* Tyler Kiyota, Seabury Hall, Chaminade University, mechanical engineering.

* Andie Matayoshi, Seabury Hall, Chapman University, business administration.

* Maile Joanne Naito, King Kekaulike, Santa Clara University, engineering.

* Kasie Takayama, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Columbia University, physics and mechanical engineering.

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

Matayoshi, Naito and Fredericksen were members of the Chrysanthemum Festival court in 2012. Fredericksen was Naito’s escort.

The festival helps to raise funds for scholarships and other programs of Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans.

The scholarships were presented at a Maui AJA Veterans luncheon on June 21 at Kaunoa Senior Center.