MHLA awards $38,750 in academic scholarships

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association recently awarded a total of $38,750 in scholarships: $9,000 in scholarships to six UH-Maui College students; $13,200 in scholarships to seven Academy of Hospitality students from Baldwin and Maui high schools; $1,800 to AOHT alumni; and $14,750 to Maui Hotel & Lodging Association members’ students.

Three students from the UH-MC Maui Culinary Academy and three Business and Hospitality students each received a $1,500 scholarship.

Students were recognized as outstanding achievers by their department coordinators. Recipients from the UH-MC Business and Hospitality Department are Julie Anne Ibale, Chloe Nakagawa and Eunice Tabulinar. Recipients from the UH-MC Culinary Academy are Daniel Balalio Jr., Joseph Magofna and Stephanie Serraglio. These future industry leaders were honored at the Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards gala held on April 18 at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in the presence of hundreds of business and restaurant industry principals.

In a special luncheon honoring graduating students in the Academy of Hospitality & Travel on May 14, the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association recognized Maui AOHT seniors and presented a total of $13,200 in scholarships to six recipients who have successful 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: Britney Bautista, Kylie Amber Buere, Ellaine Claudette Coloma, Stacia Eng, Mary Rose Leonidas and John Michael Rinen. An AOHT Outstanding Alumni was awarded a $1,800 scholarship: Sharmaine Domingo.

Additional scholarships were awarded to Maui Hotel & Lodging Association members’ students.

All Scholarship monies are funded with proceeds from the annual Maui Hotel & Lodging Association’s “Excellence in Education” golf tournament. The 2019 Excellence in Education golf tournament will be held this year on Aug. 16.

“It’s an honor to be able to provide for our future leaders,” said Lisa Paulson, MHLA executive director. “These students have excelled in their individual areas and have been justly awarded for their achievements. We look forward to watching these students turn into the next generation of industry leaders.”