MHLA presents $44,000 in college scholarships

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association recently awarded a total of $44,000 in scholarships — $9,000 in scholarships to six University of Hawaii Maui College students; $8,000 in scholarships to six Academy of Hospitality students from Baldwin and Maui high schools; $3,000 to three AOHT alumni; and $24,000 to Maui Hotel & Lodging Association members’ students.

Three students from the Maui Culinary Academy and three Business & Hospitality students each received a $1,500 scholarship. Students were recognized as outstanding achievers by their department coordinators. Recipients from the UH-Maui College Business and Hospitality Department are Abigail Banggo, Chloe Nakagawa and Daroll Sakamoto.

Recipients from the UH-Maui College Culinary Academy are Chayce Cardenas, Marion Sidon and Danielle Sulliban. They were honored at the Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards gala April 13 at the Fairmont Kea Lani.

In a special luncheon honoring graduating students in the Academy of Hospitality & Travel on May 15, the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association recognized Maui AOHT seniors and presented a total of $8,000 in scholarships to six recipients who have completed the two-year Academy of Hospitality & Travel curricula designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the travel industry.

Scholarship recipients who were recognized as outstanding achievers include Mia Domingo, Deja A. Cala Nakamura, Ruby O’Donnell, Courtney Cortez Rabujara, Trisha Mae Raoaconl and Karen Ynes Tabbada. Three AOHT Outstanding Alumni were awarded $1,000 scholarships: Princess Cainguitan, Galia Galano and Carla Puen.

Additional scholarships were awarded to Maui Hotel & Lodging Association members’ students. This year’s response for the Member Scholarship included 17 applications — three of whom were high school valedictorians.

All scholarship monies are funded with proceeds from the annual Maui Hotel & Lodging Association’s “Excellence in Education” golf tournament. The 2018 tournament will be held Aug. 17.

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