HONOLULU - Two students with Maui ties have received Presidential Scholarships, presented by the University of Hawaii Board of Regents and President M.R.C. Greenwood.
Baldwin High School graduates and current University of Hawaii at Manoa students Tyler Blair and Dane Kurohara were recognized at an annual awards dinner on July 19 at The Willows Restaurant in Honolulu.
The scholarship program is an effort to keep the state's brightest students in Hawaii. Thirty students were selected from the more than 300 who applied.
Presidential Scholars receive a full tuition waiver for two years of undergraduate study, plus $4,000 each year and a one-time travel grant of $2,000.
To be eligible for the Presidential Scholarships, incoming juniors must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.7 for all college-level work, a record of sustained progress in academic courses, and evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor.
Blair, who is majoring in chemistry, said he plans on "continuing on to getting my PhD in chemistry and possibly becoming a professor."
He added, "I remember having to take my first loan this past year and to have that financial stability over the next two years, it means a ton to both me and my family."
Kurohara, who is majoring in biology, said he plans to "go to medical school one day and hopefully become a doctor. Then I'll come home to Hawaii and move back to Maui."
For more information about the Presidential Scholarships, visit www.hawaii.edu/raps.