Sixteen Hawaii students were selected to receive the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship or Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship, collectively earning a total of $20,000 to further their college educations. Four of the students are from Maui County.
Ten students were awarded $1,000 each for the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship. This year's Maui County recipients are: Steffi Molina (Maui High School), Lavinia Sagario (Maui High School), LesleyAnn Escobar (Molokai High School).
Monsanto's Life Sciences Scholarship is open to students of all public and private high schools statewide who graduate in good standing and will be attending an accredited college or university to pursue a post-secondary education in a discipline related to the life sciences.
LesleyAnn Escobar of Molokai is a 2013 Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship recipient. She plans on pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.
Six students received a total of $10,000 from Monsanto's Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship. One student, Raven Cariaga, attends school at the University of Hawaii Maui College. She received an undisclosed portion of the total award.
Full-time students enrolled at an accredited college or university other than the University of Hawaii at Manoa or Oregon State University, and pursuing a degree in an agricultural science program or related discipline, are eligible to apply for Monsanto's Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship.
Monsanto offers a separate scholarship to students pursuing a degree in agricultural sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources or pursuing an agricultural sciences or science degree at Oregon State University.
Applications for the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship and Monsanto Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship can be downloaded at www.monsanto.com/hawaii, or call (808) 685-8664.