Students receive scholarships from Maui Puerto Rican Association

The Maui Puerto Rican Association presented five grants totaling $3,900 to Maui scholars on July 18 at the association’s 35th anniversary celebration and dance.

Grantees included:

* Chantel Dickson, a 2015 graduate of Baldwin High School, received $700 to assist her in beginning her studies leading to a degree in business at Arizona Western College in Yuma. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dickson of Wailuku.

* Jasmine Feliciano, who received $700, will enter her second year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., where she is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Feliciano of Kahului.

* Kiana Hiranaga, a 2015 graduate of Maui High School, received $700 to help her in attaining a degree in nursing at the University of Portland, Ore. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hiranaga of Kahului.

* Gabrielle Bega, a 2015 graduate of Seabury Hall, will enter Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, where she will major in religious studies and education. She received an award of $800. Bega is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bega of Pukalani.

* Matthew Ruiz Jr. will enter his second year at UH-Hawaii Community College where he is pursuing a degree in liberal arts. He received a grant of $1,000 to assist with his studies. Ruiz is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Ruiz Sr. of Wailuku.

The Maui Puerto Rican Association was founded in 1980 to preserve and perpetuate the culture of the Puerto Ricans who began coming to Hawaii in 1900.

Awarding scholarships is a major function of the association.

With the awards presented on July 18, the 73-member association has given a total of $114,050.00 since 1982.