The award of a lifetime

Don’t you just love it when there are stories in the paper relating how bright the younger generation is.

Certainly one of the most heartening stories we’ve read recently described the three Hana High School students who won Gates Millennium scholarships. Seniors Diana Naihe, Leihulu Oliveira, and Jora Tolentino-Smith were announced as recipients this year.

For those who, like us, were unfamiliar with The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, its website explains that every year 1,000 talented students receive a “good-through-graduation” scholarship to the university of their choice. And that graduation guarantee even applies to pursuing advanced degrees, like a master’s or a doctorate.

In short, in this day and age of expensive college educations, a Gates Millennium scholarship is virtually “priceless.”

The scholarships are funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates, of course, was the co-founder of Microsoft.

Hana Principal Rick Paul noted “We seem to be on the radar with the Gates folks,” as the latest recipients bring the total to 10 Millennium scholars from the East Maui community.

Paul and the recipients gave a large part of the credit to counselor Linda Gravatt. As Leihulu Oliveira told the newspaper, “She (Gravatt) has been a really big help in the whole experience.”

We’d congratulate the students and the whole Hana community for these outstanding scholarships.

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