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Puerto Rican group awards scholarships

The Maui Puerto Rican Association presented scholarship checks totaling $5,200 to six college bound students Aug. 3 at Hale Nanea in Kahului.

Connor Richard Fernandez, a 2019 graduate of Haleakala Waldorf School, will commence his studies toward a degree in business administration at Northern Arizona University. He received a grant of $750. Fernandez is the son of Conrad Fernandez of Pukalani and Leslie Leclerc of Kula.

David-John Fernandez will begin his third year at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, where he is pursuing a degree in information technology with an emphasis in cybersecurity and a minor in business management. He received a grant of $750. He is the son of Michael and Jayna Fernandez of Wailuku.

Robert C. Russell, a 2019 graduate of Maui High School, plans to begin his studies leading to a degree in business administration at Washington State University in Pullman. He received a grant of $850. Russell is the son of Robert and Keri Russell of Wailuku.

Jacob Fernandez-Ruiz will enter his second year at the University of Hawaii at Manoa later this month where he is studying for his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and rehabilitation science. He received a grant of $850. Fernandez-Ruiz is the son of Pikake Fernandez-Ruiz and the late Mark Fernandez-Ruiz.

Makaylen Tadeo, a 2019 graduate of King Kekaulike High School, will pursue a degree in criminal justice at Corban University in Salem, Ore. She received a grant of $1,000. Tadeo is the daughter of Ricardo and Bobbie-Jo Moniz-Tadeo of Pukalani.

Cheyenne Yap, a 2019 graduate of Kamehameha Schools, will pursue a degree in education at St. Martyn’s University in Lacey, Wash. She received a grant of $1,000. Yap is the daughter of Wayne and Esther Yap of Haiku.

The Maui Puerto Rican Association began awarding scholarships in 1982 and has given a total of 209 grants to 154 scholars from Maui County. The most recent awards brought the total scholarship amount given to $134,700.