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January 21, 2010
The Associated Press

Survey: Student debt rising at UH

HONOLULU - A new survey has found the average debt of University of Hawaii graduates is on the rise.

The Project on Student Debt from the Institute for College Access & Success says the average debt for 2008 UH-Manoa graduates was $14,818, up from $12,094 for 2007 graduates.

It was the same story at UH-Hilo. Debt rose from $13,952 to $16,604, and the percentage of grads with debt rose from 42 to 47 percent.


Shipyard is offering student scholarship

HONOLULU - Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard plans to grant a full university scholarship to a student who has competed in robotics.

The scholarship covers up to four years of tuition, plus fees and books at the University of Hawaii's College of Engineering.

The program is open to high school seniors and graduates who have participated for at least two years in the national robotics competition called FIRST or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.


Vog-affected Ka'u may get some help

HILO - The vog-affected district of Ka'u on the Big Island is on course to get an $18 million emergency evacuation shelter.

The district has been among those most heavily affected by vog since a new vent opened at Halemaumau summit in March 2009 and the volcano began releasing more sulfur dioxide.

The center would be built on the grounds of the Ka'u High School and Pahala Elementary School complex and would double as a school gymnasium.

The Legislature last year budgeted funds to design the center for the state Department of Education.

But state Rep. Bob Herkes says he'll introduce legislation to transfer the money to Hawaii County because building the center isn't a priority for the department.



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